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MLA Landscape Architecture

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

39850 CAD
11500 CAD

Application fee

International 120 CAD
National 120 CAD
Architecture, Landscape and Design
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)93
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
GMAT (avg)673

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About this course

Individuals already holding a professional degree are encouraged to consider the post-professional Master of Landscape Architecture option or the Master of Urban Design program. Applicants holding an undergraduate or graduate degree in architecture, architectural design, architectural engineering, environmental design, or equivalent will be considered for the second year advanced standing option in the MLA. This decision is made on a case by case basis by the admissions committee based upon a review of the design portfolio in light of the candidate's academic and professional experience.

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Eligibility Criteria

The TOEFL examination is offered in two formats: the traditional paper-based format (only offered on specific dates in a limited number of countries), and the Internet-based format (IBT). Applicants in countries where the Internet-based testing is not available must register for the paper-based TOEFL which includes the Test of Written English (TWE) component. The Internet-based tests automatically include an essay rating component which is similar to the TWE. All applicants must satisfy a minimum score requirement on the TOEFL and on the TWE/Essay Rating component to be considered for admission. The table below lists the minimum TOEFL score requirements set by each of the four SGS academic divisions.

Minimum required score: 7.0 (Academic)with at least 6.5 for each component.

The IELTS test is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules. It is the Reading and Writing components that differ. The Academic version of IELTS measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. This is the format that is required for an application to the University of Toronto.

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Course Modules

Program Requirements

Students study full-time, taking all required courses in each given session. Students must take a total of 15.5 full-course equivalents (FCE): 13.5 are in core courses and 2.0 are in electives. Within the elective requirements, 1.0 FCE must be in courses offered by the Faculty. The remaining 1.0 FCE will be taken in other academic divisions of the University. A B- grade in two design studio courses or a B- grade in any three courses will normally result in a recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies to terminate the student's candidacy for the degree program. The MLA is completed in 3 years; however, it should be noted that the time limit to complete the degree requirements is 6 years. Writing support is integrated into the program in order to develop specialized skills in writing which are essential to effective learning and communication in the design fields.

Design (9.0 credits)
The required design studio curriculum is organized as a series of units exploring three major themes: design process considers landscape design skills, including concept and design development, site analysis, communication and techniques to create ‘built landscapes’ of a scale and character appropriate to their uses; site and landscape planning integrates bio-regional context, historic land use and contemporary programs at a variety of scales in order to seek a creative synthesis of environment, human use and landscape manipulation; urban landscape design involves the systematic evaluation—employing principles of natural science ecology and landscape design––of a variety of urban sites in order to creatively develop new approaches to landscape design interventions in the structure of the ‘city’. Each studio is accompanied by related courses in the sequence and incorporates these topics in the following order:

[1]  Two foundation studios in the first year of the program, accompanied by two courses in visual communication (LAN 1021F and LAN 1022S) and an advanced course in computer modelling.
[2]  A site and landscape planning studio oriented to open space environments.
[3]  An urban landscape design studio exploring urban landscape issues and interventions in a variety of metropolitan contexts.
[4]  An option studio, where students may select from a range of design projects in landscape architecture, architecture and urban design.
[5]  The independent design thesis will be undertaken in the final term but is contingent on having completed the thesis research and preparation course and having a thesis proposal accepted by the Program Director. In addition there is one required seminar course on critical design issues in the urban landscape. Students in the design thesis studio work independently under the supervision of an assigned faculty advisor.

History and Theory (1.0 credit)
A sequence of two required courses and opportunities for four electives, two to be taken within the Faculty.

Environment and Technology (3.0 credits)
The required environmental and technical courses cover the knowledge necessary for a professional degree. These courses cover an introduction to ecology, plant identification and approaches to site engineering and construction in urban areas. Professional Practice (0.5 credit)There is a mandatory course in landscape practice.

Electives (2.0 credits)
The elective component of the program provides an essential academic and cultural complement to the core professional curriculum. A minimum of 1.0 credit must be taken from other divisions of the University. The remaining 1.0 elective credit is taken from within the Faculty. Selection of electives must be approved by the Program Director. Students will be encouraged to use their electives to develop a focused concentration that will inform their design thesis, link with other disciplines and lead to professional expertise, post-graduate studies and/or joint degrees.



  • LAN1011Y: Design Studio 1
  • LAN1021H: Visual Communications 1
  • LAN1031H: History Theory Criticism 1
  • LAN1041H: Urban Plant Ecosystems 1 (field course)
  • LAN1045H: Site Engineering and Ecology 


  • LAN1012Y: Design Studio 2
  • LAN1022H: Visual Communications 2
  • LAN1032H: History Theory Criticism 2
  • LAN1036H: Contemporary use of Plants in Landscape Design
  • LAN1043H: Urban Plant Ecosystems 2 (field course)
  • Elective


  • LAN2013Y: Design Studio 3
  • LAN2018H: Contemporary Issues in Urban Design
  • LAN2042H: Urban Site Technologies 1
  • LAN2043H: Urban Field Ecology


  • LAN2014Y: Design Studio 4
  • LAN2023H: Intermediate Digital Visual Communications in Landscape
  • LAN2044H: Urban Environmental System
  • Elective


  • LAN3015H: Thesis Research and Preparation
  • LAN3016Y: Design Studio Options
  • LAN3025H: Advanced Computation in Landscape Architecture



  • LAN3017Y: Design Studio Thesis
  • LAN3045H: Urban Site Technologies 2
  • LAN3051H: Professional Practice


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How to Apply

  • Academic records and transcripts
  • Recommendation letters and supporting documents
  • English-language proficiency testing
  • International degree equivalencies tool
  • Tuition fees

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