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Master of Landscape Architecture

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School. A personal interview with the Director, Graduate Advisor or members of the landscape architecture faculty is recommended. Three letters of recommendation are required, and it is suggested that at least two of the letters come from former educators or academic contacts. Applicants also are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Average GRE scores of successful applicants since 1998 have been approximately 1100. Also required is a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 as calculated by the Graduate School. Applicants holding first professional degrees in landscape architecture, or degrees related to landscape architecture (such as architecture, engineering, environmental design, horticulture, interior design, planning and the like) are required to submit portfolios reflecting the applicants’ professional and/or academic experiences and interests. Portfolios are assessed according to proficiency in design, presentation and layout, technical skills and content, similar to the criteria used in design studios. Applicants who have a weakness in one of the criteria for admission can enhance their credentials with strengths in the remaining criteria. Applicants may be admitted according to four conditions: Unconditional, Provisional, Probationary and Deferred. Applicants who do not meet the criteria of one of these conditions will be denied admission to the program.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program. Transcripts from all previous college or university work, along with scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and three letters of recommendation are required of all applicants. In addition, applicants should have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, as calculated by the Graduate School. Applicants holding the first professional degree in landscape architecture or a related field must submit a portfolio.

Provisional Admission

Those who have submitted their application forms but whose packets are incomplete may be admitted provisionally if their GPA meets minimum requirements, and if the program and the Graduate School have received official transcripts. In this case, incomplete materials could include letters of recommendation, GRE scores and/or portfolios.

Probationary Admission

Those who have weaknesses in no more than two of the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, GRE scores and GPA) may be admitted on Probation, with the condition that they make no less than a B in the first 12 hours of coursework in landscape architecture. Such students must complete no fewer than 9 credits during the semester in which they are on Probation.

Deferred Admission

Those who have weaknesses in no more than two of the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, GRE scores and GPA) and/or who have not submitted all of the materials required for Unconditional Admission may have their applications deferred for one semester, until outstanding requirements and criteria are met.

International Student Admission

International applicants must meet the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, GRE scores and GPA) and must be admitted in one of the admission categories described above. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English must have a demonstrated speaking ability in English, and they must meet the program’s minimum required score of 575, or the equivalent score on the computer based test, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants who do not meet the program’s minimum TOEFL score must complete extramural training in English, as approved by the program and the Graduate School.