University of Washington

Landscape Architecture (MLA)

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The UW's Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a progressive studio-based graduate degree program. The program provides the foundational intellectual and technical skills to prepare students for a career in the field, while further extending their knowledge to the contemporary intellectual edges of the field. Graduates are well-prepared to practice in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The Department has the unique focus of urban ecological design that is explored through four key areas: ecological infrastructure, culturally-based place-making, design for ecological literacy, and human and environmental health. Studio education and research in the program focuses on design and planning strategies for cities and urban regions that are responsive to changing conditions, adaptively resilient, and sustainable. Many of the projects that emerge from the program are grounded in the rich and diverse regional and urban environments of the Puget Sound; however, the program also provides a global perspective with strong links and extensive interaction and ongoing projects with communities and other universities in Europe, Asia, and South America. Admissions requirements include academic transcripts, GRE scores, a statement of interest, and a portfolio of creative work. For more information on the admissions process, go to:

If applicants are extended and accept an offer of admission from our department, WICHE/WRGP application materials will be collected in a separate correspondence due by August 1st. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and must submit the following information with their Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) Resident Tuition Rate Application:

  1. Proof of legal residence in the WRGP state for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the first academic term (Autumn quarter/September).
  2. Proof of income earned in resident state or resident student status for the same time frame.
  3. Proof of other legal ties to the WRGP State (Employment records, driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration or active bank account).

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Vanessa Lee
Assistant to the Chair
Landscape Architecture

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