What will I learn?

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a STEM designated degree program. We consider applicants with and without previous design education and encourage applications from individuals with diverse academic and professional backgrounds. We offer two professional program tracks – the MLA I for those without a previous design education and MLA II for those with a previous design degree. The Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) accredits the program.

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.

Which department am I in?

College of Built Environments

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
US$30,295.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

The MLA program offers two tracks:

MLA I: a 3-year track for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than Landscape Architecture or Architecture
MLA II: a 2-year track for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture or Architecture

A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.