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College of Architecture and Planning

The College of Architecture and Planning welcomes applications to our Master of Landscape Architecture program from students with a variety of professional and educational backgrounds. The faculty-led selection process aims to admit students who are likely to succeed in completing the requirements for the degree and whose interests fit with the program’s educational capacities. All of the required application materials help us to evaluate your potential for graduate study and to pair your interests with our strengths. No one component ensures or precludes admission; judgment is based on the entire application packet. 


February 1 for Fall semester. Students are admitted to begin classes in fall semester only.

Most applicants can expect to receive an admission decision 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.

The Landscape Architecture program encourages applicants from diverse fields of undergraduate study, including the liberal arts and sciences as well as the design and planning disciplines. Students entering the program recently have held degrees in the following areas:

Landscape Architecture


Urban Design

Environmental Design

Fine Arts


Environmental Studies


Environmental Psychology





Public Health



  • Online application
  • Application fee ($50 for domestic applicants, $75 for international applicants)
  • Resume that documents your education and professional background.
    • Your resume will be submitted through Slideroom
  • Statement of purpose in which you discuss your interest in the Master of Landscape Architecture program and CU Denver.
    • Your statement of purpose will be submitted through Slideroom.
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
    • Please submit your recommenders through Slideroom. Please skip the recommendation section of the online application.
  • One official transcript from all undergraduate institutions attended EXCEPT study abroad experiences.
    • Official transcripts should be mailed to the College of Architecture and Planning at the address at the end of this page.
    • International students must mail an official certified translated transcript. You do not need to have your transcripts evaluated.
    • Please feel free to mail transcripts early in the application process.
  •  International applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency. You can view required scores on the Office of International Admissions' website

  • GRE (not required, but recommended if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0).
  • Portfolio that showcases your best work. Portfolios are submitted through SlideroomStudents with a degree in landscape architecture are expected to include studio work. Students with no background in landscape architecture should demonstrate their creative abilities through whatever media they are comfortable.
  •  If you are a resident of any of the 15 western states in the WICHE-WRGP region, please attach the WRGP contract.pdfWRGP contract.pdf and a copy of your driver's license to the application under "supplemental documents" to be considered for resident tuition via WICHE-WRGP (if applicable). 
  • Your portfolio, statement of purpose, resume and letters of recommendation should be submitted through Slideroom. Transcripts must be mailed. 
Please mail transcripts to:
University of Colorado Denver
College of Architecture and Planning
PO Box 173364
Campus Box 126
Denver CO 80217-3364


Applications to the MLA program are submitted through the College of Architecture and Planning. You can read general instructions for the online application here. maintains helpful resources for applicants. You can find applicant support information in the Slideroom Applicant Guide. Slideroom limits file size and dimensions for optimal reproduction on a screen. You can read FAQs about adding and sizing media hereIf you have specific questions about the application process, please email the CAP Admissions Office.


Information about current tuition rates and fees is available here. The MLA program is part of WICHE-WRGP which allows residents of any of the 15 member states to pay only Colorado resident tuition. Students who are residents of non-WICHE states may qualify for resident tuition after one year of Colorado residency.



Review the list of scholarships that are available from the University, College of Architecture and Planning and the MLA program.
Connect to the University of Colorado Denver's Office of Financial Aid.

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