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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.

Late application deadline: April 15. 

Applicants who apply between February 2 and April 15 are reviewed on a space available basis. Admissions decisions are made by the end of May. Late applicants will not be eligible for scholarship consideration and will be last in line to register. You are strongly encouraged to apply by our February 1st deadline for full consideration. 

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.
  • Statement of purpose in which you discuss your interest in the Master of Landscape Architecture program and CU Denver.
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • 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.
    • You may upload a scan of your transcripts to the online application but you must also send official transcripts. 
  •  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 the online application. Students 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. Portfolios should be designed for viewing on a computer screen. Please avoid double page spreads.
  •  If you are a resident of any of the 15 western states in the WICHE-WRGP region (except Colorado), please fill out the WICHE-WRGP section of the online application to be considered for WICHE-WRGP status. ​​
Please mail transcripts to:
University of Colorado Denver
College of Architecture and Planning
PO Box 173364
Campus Box 126
Denver CO 80217-3364

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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