MLA Application Procedures and Admission Requirements

Graduate study in the Master of Landscape Architecture Program typically begins in the fall semester. Beyond the Graduate School academic requirements, applicants to the graduate program in landscape architecture must submit the following:

  • Formal Application
    Virginia Tech requires prospective graduate students to apply online. Candidates should complete and submit their application online, including payment of a non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts
    Submit a digital copy with your on-line application. A hard copy will be required if you are accepted into the program. Do not send unless requested. A grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) for the last 60 semester credit hours, or equivalent, is required. Applicants whose previous academic performance is deemed deficient (grade point average of 2.75 to 2.99) may be admitted as a “Provisional” student, as described in the University Graduate Catalog.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Applicants are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation: at least two from college instructors and, if applicable, one from an employer or other individual knowledgeable about the candidate’s academic record and potential for graduate-level study. Letters from personal acquaintances are not suitable. Applicants who have been out of school for several years may request letters from employers or other persons in a position to evaluate their professional abilities and academic potential, although letters from university instructors are preferred. Referees should utilize the Reference Form provided by the Graduate School. Letters of recommendation are to be submitted on-line.
  • Statement of Intent or Statement of Academic and Professional Goals
    Candidates must submit a written statement that addresses their background as it relates to their academic and professional interest in landscape architecture, motivation for graduate study at Virginia Tech and, if applicable, any areas of potential specialization. The statement of intent is part of the supplemental materials required on the Graduate School online application and a critical component of the application package. All students applying for the Advanced (one or two year options) must include a description of their focussed area of study. Students requesting review for advanced standing in the three-year program should include this request in their statement of Academic and Professional Goals (also referred to as Statement of Purpose). The Graduate Committee relies heavily on the statement in determining a candidate’s academic potential and the fit between their educational intentions and program focus. Applicants should limit their responses to 1,000 words.
  • Personally Authored Exhibit/Portfolio
    Candidates for admission to the MLA program must demonstrate an aptitude for design and/or creative works beyond their academic transcript. A personally authored exhibit/portfolio of visual and written material is required. A single PDF of a candidate's portfolio (11" x 17" pages or smaller, 250 dpi minimum, and 12 pages maximum), shall be uploaded as part of the on-line application. All portfolios must be digital and submitted as part of the on-line application.  and describe their past educational and/or work experience related to the study of landscape architecture. More information may be requested during the application review process. If you have any problems uploading your portfolio, please contact: Landscape_Arch@vt.edu for assistance.
  • Additional Requirements for International Candidates
    The Graduate School requires official test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and TOEFL or IELTS for all international applicants. Minimum TOEFL scores for applicants to the Landscape Architecture Program are: 600 (paper-based), or an equivalent score on the internet-based (IBT) or computer-based (CBT) tests. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. In addition, transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. All international applicants should also refer to the Virginia Tech Graduate School website concerning additional admission requirements.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for fall and spring admission are February 15th and December 1st, respectively. International students please note: the deadline for consideration for spring admission is September 1st. It is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure completed applications and supporting materials are uploaded through the on-line University Graduate School application by the posted deadlines. Applications received after posted deadlines will be considered only on a space available basis.

email: Landscape_Arch@vt.edu
phone: +1.540.231.5583

When all required materials are uploaded, the application is forwarded to the Graduate Committee for review and recommendation to the Graduate School. The Graduate School notifies applicants by mail after review of the Program’s recommendation regarding admission.

Interview

Faculty and students at Virginia Tech are available to talk with prospective applicants, provide tours of facilities, and answer questions about the MLA programs so that applicants may determine whether the program is appropriate to their educational goals. Although an interview is not required as part of the application process, we encourage applicants to visit the Washington + Alexandria Architecture Center (for first professional degree candidates) and/or the main campus in Blacksburg.

Candidates wishing to schedule a visit to the WAAC should contact: Program Director Laurel McSherry by email at lm@vt.edu or via telephone at +1.703.706.3013.  Candidates wishing to visit the main campus in Blacksburg should contact: Teresa Phipps at Landscape_Arch@vt.edu or via telephone at +1.540.231.5583.  Applicants are asked to consult the Virginia Tech calendar to avoid requesting a visit during the first and last two weeks of each semester.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Admission to the Master of Landscape Architecture Program