Architecture, Landscape, and Design: Landscape Architecture MLA

​Master of Landscape Architecture​

Program Description

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a professional program that focuses on urban and regional landscape architecture within a studio-based curriculum. Integrated courses in design; visual communication and modelling; history, theory, and criticism; site engineering and material technologies; horticulture, ecology, hydrology; professional practice and research methods seminars, as well as options for electives, provide a comprehensive professional education in landscape architecture. The program prepares students with a strong base in the fundamentals of the profession, while fostering innovative thinkers able to work collaboratively with allied disciplines, in preparation for becoming the next generation of leaders in landscape architecture.

 

MLA Program (3-Year Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (such as BA, BSc, BASc, BES, BFA, BCom) with a minimum average of mid-B and demonstrated leadership potential in the field. Preference is given to applicants who have completed a balanced undergraduate education that includes study in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

  • Recommended:

    • undergraduate courses in biology, ecology, English (advanced writing skills), geography, history, humanities, and social sciences

    • preparation in the visual arts, such as hand and digital drawing, film, graphics, photography, sculpture, or other media.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 15.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 14.5 FCEs in core courses:​​​

      • 4.0 FCEs Design Studios

      • 1.0 FCE Design Studio ​Options

      • 1.5 FCEs Design Studio Thesis

      • 2.0 FCEs Visual Communication courses

      • 2.0 FCEs History, Theory, Criticism courses

      • 1.5 FCEs Technology courses

      • 1.5 FCEs Environment courses

      • 1.0 FCE Professional Practice and Research Methods courses

    • ​1.0 FCE in elective courses​.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

MLA Program (2-Year: Second-Year Advanced-Standing Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in architecture, architectural studies, or environmental design, or a comparable degree focusing on the design of the built environment.

  • Admission is based on the merits of the applicant's overall academic background and strength of design portfolio as evaluated by the admissions committee.

  • Minimum previous completion of three design studio courses, two courses in visual communications or representation, two courses in architectural history and theory (one in 20th-century), and two courses in architectural technology and/or ecology.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 10.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows: 

    • 9.5 FCEs in core courses as follows:

      • 2.0 FCEs Design Studios

      • 1.0 FCE Design Studio Options

      • 1.5 FCEs Design Studio Thesis

      • 1.0 FCE Visual Communication courses

      • 0.5 FCE History, Theory, Criticism courses

      • 1.0 FCE Technology courses

      • 1.5 FCEs Environment courses

      • 1.0 FCE Professional Practice and Research Methods courses.

    • 1.0 FCE in elective courses.

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

MLA Program (1-Year: Post-Professional Advanced-Standing Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A post-professional advanced-standing option is available for students who are interested in pursuing advanced study beyond their professional degree.

  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for an accredited professional degree from a recognized university.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

  • The post-professional advanced-standing option does not grant a professionally accredited degree.

Program Requirements

  • Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. An FZ (fail) in any one course, or a B– grade in two studio courses or in any three courses normally results in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's registration in the degree program.

  • There is no additional language requirement other than proficiency in English on admission. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills that are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

  • Progress in the program is dependent upon satisfactory completion of studio and required core courses in sequence. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Program Director.

  • Each student’s program of study must receive the approval of the Program Director and, in general, shall consist of a research or design project on which a thesis must be submitted.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a total of 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows: 

    • 4.0 FCEs in core courses:

      • ​​​0.5 FCE Fieldcourse

      • 0.5 FCE Thesis Preparation

      • 1.0 FCE Thesis I

      • 1.5 FCE Thesis II

      • 0.5 FCE Colloquium.

    • ​2.0 FCEs in elective courses. Of these, 1.0 FCE must be in the student's area of interest. ​

Program Length (see amendment made on January 11, 2019)

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time