Landscape Architecture

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 9.11 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2025
200 place StudyQA ranking:4556 Duration:3 years

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Come and be part of Canada’s newest school of Landscape Architecture. The University of Calgary recently received approval to launch the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) in the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS). This is the first graduate program in landscape architecture in Canada to be launched since 1980, and is situated in the geographically and culturally dynamic context of Alberta and Western Canada. Our program is strategically positioned to engage with the critical sociocultural and ecological challenges of place-making, climate change and resilience. Our MLA is intended as a program for the 21st century - to be leaders and to train leaders in becoming catalysts for positive local and global change.

The Master of Landscape Architecture program complements the existing professional, accredited programs in Architecture and Planning to create a strong, robust and inter-related triad of graduate programs dealing with the built environment. The MLA is a three-year course-based program consisting of a foundation year plus two years at the Master’s level, and we will be seeking accreditation through the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA). As a professional degree program, curriculum design and methods of delivery reflect the CSLA accreditation requirements.

  • Site Planning Studio
  • Community Planning Studio (LA I)
  • Regional Planning Studio
  • Urban Design Studio (or study abroad option)
  • Landscape Architecture Studio II
  • Senior Research Studio
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • Urban Infrastructure & Land Use
  • Landscape Planning & Ecological Design
  • Professional Practice/ Project Management
  • Planning History/ Theory 
  • Landscape Architecture History/Theory
  • Landscape Responses to Climate Change
  • Computer Modelling
  • Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Design
  • Advanced GIS for Landscape Architecture
  • Advanced Digital Representation
  • Site Technology I
  • Site Technology II
  • Green Infrastructure/ Winter City Design


  • Applicants must possess a four-year undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a grade point average (GPA) in the final two years of study of at least 3.0, based on a four point grading system.
  • Examples of work in the form of a portfolio that illustrates creative ability and potential
  • Non-refundable application fee: CDN $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, or CDN $145 for international students who will be attending on a Study Permit.
  • Online application form: Click here to access the Faculty of Graduate Studies's online application system. You will be prompted to create or have your eID ready to access the on-line application.
  • One official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended (transcripts can either be sent directly to EVDS from the institution, or applicants can receive them and then send them to EVDS - envelopes must be received by EVDS sealed and signed). University of Calgary transcripts must be official.
  • Three appropriate letters of reference (at least two should be academic) dated within 12 months of the date of application. Referees will be notified by email (once the applicant's online form has been submitted) and provided a link to complete an online reference. Only if the online form cannot be completed, referees may use this form.
  • Digital Portfolio (see above) - uploaded through online Student Centre once application has been submitted.
  • Statement of Interest (pdf file) - maximum of 2 pages, uploaded through online Student Centre once application has been submitted.
  • CV/Resume - uploaded through online Student Centre once application has been submitted.
  • Proof of English Proficiency, if required – official report must be sent to EVDS directly from the testing agency. By achieving a score of at least 600 (written test) or 105 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), including at least 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE), and by achieving a score of at least 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); or By achieving a minimum score of 7.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships (QE II)

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