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Landscape Architecture, M.L.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #14 (ARWU) , WA,
The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program considers applicants with and without previous design education, and encourages applications from persons with diverse academic and professional backgrounds.


The MLA I track is three years in length and is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than landscape architecture or architecture. Students come from diverse backgrounds with degrees in a variety of disciplines including ecology, business, political science, literature, art, and history. In this way the program is enriched through students‘ interdisciplinary interests and knowledge. The core curriculum in the first year provides students with foundational professional skills in design, site and landscape planning, construction materials and processes, and graphic, written and verbal communication. In the second and third years students develop these primary knowledge areas in order to develop leadership abilities in the definition, research, and practice of design.

The MLA II track is two years in length and is designed for applicants with a previous design degree in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design, Urban Design, or Architecture. Those with degrees in related fields will be considered on an individual case, but it is generally assumed that without the appropriate training provided by a previous professional design degree program, students will be enrolled in the MLA I program. MLA II students build on their previous design education (and practice if appropriate) to expand their creative capacities, advance their technical knowledge and skills, and enrich their leadership abilities in the design disciplines. These students join the MLA I students in the second year of the program enrolling in advanced studios, research seminars, and elective areas of interest in addition to a  capstone project in the final year.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Africa and Middle East Seminar
  • South Asian Architecture I
  • South Asian Architecture II
  • History of Architecture in Seattle and Environs 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      24-36 months
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • The equivalent of a 4 year U.S. bachelor’s degree
  • The University of Washington requires official certification of adequate financial support from each international applicant. Even if a graduate program is able to offer some funding, you may need to provide a portion of these funds personally.
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Exam 
  • A minimum official TOEFL score is required unless you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom OR you have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree from the U.S. or one of the countries listed above.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31680 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    17772 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17772 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Seattle

  • 1480 - 2580 USD/month
    Living Costs

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