Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Why choose Landscape Architecture?


The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape program is designed 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 MLA is a three-year course-based program consisting of a foundation year plus two years at the Master’s level, and we'll 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.


​​The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is strategically positioned to engage with the critical sociocultural and ecological challenges of place-making, climate change and resilience in the 21st century. Combining lecture and studio-based course work with opportunities to study in Melbourne and Barcelona, the MLA’s interdisciplinary model allows students to learn along with planners and architects, developing a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the built environment.

– ​​Beverly Sandalack, PhD, FCSLA, MCIP, RPP — Associate Dean (Academic)


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Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) courses or SAT2 subject tests are accepted.

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Approved options and courses

Approved courses

  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computing Science 30 (5-credits)
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved options

  • Social Studies 30-2
  • Other five-credit 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: Two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20- and 30-level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil one approved option requirement.
  • Students applying for Summer 2022 forward should review the options tab below.

Approved courses and options notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.
  3. One-credit courses: five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE option requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission to an undergraduate program. There are three ways to meet our English language entrance requirements: High school studies, English language test scores, and the Academic Communications Certificate (ACC).

High school studies

To meet the English language requirements with your high school studies, you must have completed three years of study with English as the primary language of instruction at an accredited Canadian, American, or British curricula high school (including CIS) or in a University of Calgary approved English-speaking country

English language test scores

If your high school education does not fulfil UCalgary's English language requirements, you can present one of the minimum scores listed in the Academic Calendar

Note: Our school code for the TOEFL exam is 0813, and the department code is 00.

Academic Communication Certificate (ACC)

The ACC is for English learners who want to enter a university program. If you apply for undergraduate admission and complete the ACC through UCalgary Continuing Education by the end of summer term in the year of application, you could be considered for conditional admission to a degree program.

Learn more at ucalgary.ca/esl/acc.

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