The School of Landscape Architecture accepts applications year-round. Review of applications is rolling, but international applicants must have materials submitted by February 1, 2017. The application deadline for domestic students will remain open until July 15, 2017. Interested students should contact the program as soon as they begin thinking about applying.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Landscape Architecture offers five degree pathways:
The Master of Landscape Architecture professional degree (MLA I)
The Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA)
The Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture (MALA)
The Master of Landscape Architecture post-professional degree (MLA II)
The Dual Master of Architecture/Master of Landscape Architecture degree (MArch/MLA)
Who Should Apply?
We are seeking students with a strong work ethic that are ambitious, curious, and driven, who see the potentials offered by a degree in landscape architecture to change the world. No background in art, ecology, or design is necessary to be accepted or to excel in our program – just an open mind and determination. Students come to our program from diverse undergraduate degree programs such as Communications, Literature, Sustainability, Biology, Plant Science, Music, and Economics to name just a few. We believe that this disciplinary diversity contributes greatly to our multiple-intelligence approach to engaging the landscape, and we are continuously looking for ways to hybridize landscape architecture with other forms of knowledge as a way to expand the scope and potential of the discipline.
A Baccalaureate degree in any field. A 3.00 G.P.A (4.0 Scale) is preferred, but students with a GPA less than this may still receive consideration if they have supporting evidence of creative work, significant work experience, or other indicators of their potential to succeed in the program. Students must have a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours of arts, humanities, and social science courses prior to entering the program. A baccalaureate degree in landscape design, architecture, or urban design especially with a major or minor in Landscape Design may enable students to enroll with advanced standing.
Some courses in the Landscape Architecture curricula require prerequisites to be taken before a student may enroll in them, but students may have the opportunity to take these after admission and are encouraged to apply and work with an adviser on the best course of action. These prerequisites include:
- One (1) college-level math course involving an introduction to algebraic, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions.
Submit directly to the UT Graduate School:
- Official transcripts of all college and university coursework
- A TOEFL Score (international students only; see the Admissions Guide for Graduate International Students)
- UT Graduate School Application
Additional Requirements for the School of Landscape Architecture
In addition to the requirements for the Grad School listed above, the School of Landscape Architecture requires the following:
- Three (3) letters of recommendation.
- An essay which indicates why they are interested in pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture at UTK. Students are strongly encouraged to touch on the following points:
- cite examples of your experiences that demonstrate the personal ambition necessary to succeed in landscape architecture at UTK
- discuss your primary motivations for pursuing a degree in landscape architecture
- explain why the School of Landscape Architecture at UTK is the preferred program for you to launch a career in landscape architecture.
- A portfolio illustrating evidence of visual creativity and/or graphic capabilities.**
*We also recommend that students submit a GRE score, but it is not a requirement for admission.
**Applicants with prior design experience or training such as a 4-year pre-professional landscape architecture or landscape design degree who wish to apply for advanced standing must show prior design work in a portfolio. Applicants with no prior design training are free to submit a portfolio of creative work, but it is not a requirement.