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Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) Admissions


Applicants to the MLA program must possess a four-year baccalaureate degree 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). Also required in the application is a statement of intent, examples of work in the form of a portfolio that illustrates creative ability and potential, three appropriate letters of reference, and proof of English proficiency (if required). 

There is only one admissions cycle per year, with a Fall semester (September) entrance. All applications must be submitted through the online system. A Faculty Admissions Committee reviews all applications and, in special circumstances, may invite applicants to attend an interview. New admissions to the Faculty are limited in number on an annual basis. The application deadline is January 15 - ALL supporting documents must be received by this date. Applicants will be notified of their status by late March.

Digital Portfolio Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Landscape Architecture must submit a digital portfolio that provides examples or illustrates the applicant’s creative ability / potential through design work, professional work, research, creative ability, community action, or ideas related to their statement of intent or interests in Environmental Design. Below are the specifications of the digital portfolio (must be in pdf file format):


  • 8.5" x 11" page size
  • Maximum of 25 pages (please be selective, and only include examples that best show your creative ability / potential)

  • First and last name to appear on cover page
  • Footer on each page to include first and last name
  • Indication of your specific involvement/contributions to group projects
  • File name format: Lastname_Firstname_MLA_2017portfolio.pdf
  • PDF file no greater than 30 MB (resolution is for screen viewing, not print)

Components of the Application Package

All supporting documents are due by the application deadline.

  1. Online application form: Submit this through the Faculty of Graduate Studies' online application system (Opens September 1): You will be prompted to create or have your eID ready to access the on-line application.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. (If you attend University in another country, please check our international admissions requirements.)
  4. 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.
  5. Digital Portfolio (see above) - uploaded through online Student Centre once application has been submitted.
  6. Statement of Interest (pdf file) - maximum of 2 pages, uploaded through online Student Centre once application has been submitted.
  7. CV/Resume - uploaded through online Student Centre once application has been submitted.
  8. Proof of English Proficiency, if required – official report must be sent to EVDS directly from the testing agency.

Students with previous related design degrees may have some or all of the foundation year courses waived. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please see the draft three-year curriculum that indicates how the first three years of the program will be rolled out.

Landscape architecture INFORMATION SESSIONS

Information session for the Master of Landscape Architecture program provide prospective students with course overviews, application information and career options. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. 

EVDS Day - November 17, 2016. The MLA information session will take place at 2pm in PF 2160 (Register here: