Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Course-based program

Program overview

Come and be part of Canada’s newest school of landscape architecture. Launched in 2015, SAPL offers Alberta’s only professionally accredited Landscape Architecture degree and the program is creating leaders in sustainability and design. Landscape architects provide innovative solutions to environmental and urban challenges. The profession is growing to include a wide range of areas at different scales from residential to regional. This includes urban design, public spaces, parks and recreation, climate change adaptation, water resources management, transportation, and habitat restoration. Our full-time faculty includes professional landscape architects, planners, architects and landscape ecologists, whose overlapping expertise contributes to a strong curriculum that combines a solid foundation in the field with 21st-century design challenges.

You will hone most of your skills in our unique interdisciplinary design studios, tackling real-world projects to develop integrated design solutions. In one of your senior semesters, you could also learn in an international context. 

Completing this program

  • Foundation Year: Required for applicants without a landscape architecture undergraduate degree.
  • Core Courses: Studio courses in each term ; other topics include site technology, history and theory, winter city design and more.
  • Additional Courses: Four elective courses.


Landscape architectural engineering, architectural and planning firms; private corporations with planning or design departments; federal, provincial, regional, and municipal agencies; development companies; historic preservation authorities; faculties and departments of landscape architecture, architecture, art, and planning.

The course-based Master of Landscape Architecture degree is accredited by Landscape Architectural Accreditation Council (LAAC) of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA). Students can also continue their academic studies by pursuing the Master of Environmental Design (MEDes) degree.

Course-based program

Eight foundation year courses; thirteen core and three elective courses

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time (in addition to foundation year); six years maximum


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point scale, over the last two years of study (a minimum of 20 courses or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four-year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.


Applicants are required to submit a digital application package consisting of 1) a digital portfolio, 2) a resume/CV, and 3) a statement of interest. These documents should be submitted as a single .PDF document with a cover letter (include your full name) and a table of contents for clarity. The package should be uploaded to the Student Centre following submission of an online application. Additional descriptions, specifications, and details about the digital portfolio, resume, and statement of interest can be found on the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape website at:  

Read portfolio requirements

Reference letters


Test scores


Foundation year

Applicants with previous related design degrees (e.g. a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture) may have some or all of the foundation year courses waived. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, this review will require supporting documentation such as course outlines. An assessment of these prerequisite requirements will be made by an admissions committee and applicants will be informed in offers of admission which, if any, courses at the Foundation level will be required.

English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Professional Faculties Building, Room 2182
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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