Monday, December 16,
at 8:00 am

PLEASE NOTE: Applications received after the posted deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Please contact the Graduate Office with any questions about the deadline.

Pre reqs

Students accepted to the MLA I are expected to attend the summer Foundation Workshop unless the requirement is waived upon admission.

Application information

[  ] Follow the application instructions for all SOA graduate programs.

[  ] See below for MLA I application requirements.

Graduate School requirements

[  ] Follow the Graduate School instructions to submit the application, application fee, transcripts, and test scores. Applicants should submit a GRE score.

Statement of purpose

[  ] Upload your statement through MyStatus.

+ A 1,000-1,500 word essay that addresses your interest in the MLA I program with respect to your academic and professional objectives, the factors that led you to apply to the SOA, a situation or job that helped you define your interest, your most substantial professional contribution and why you view it as such, and/or any other factors related to your academic or professional experience that you wish to convey to the admissions committee.

+ You may submit your ApplyTexas online application before finishing your statement of purpose. You can later upload your statement through MyStatus.

Three letters of recommendation

[  ] Manage and track your letters through MyStatus.

[  ] Provide recommenders' emails as part of the ApplyTexas online application.

+ Recommenders may include former instructors and professional employers.

+ Letters should include comments on the applicant’s intellectual, communicative, and leadership abilities as well as his or her capacity for creativity and relevant personal characteristics.

+ After you submit your application and pay your application fee, notification emails will be sent to your recommenders. Any delay in submitting your application or application fee will delay the notifications to your recommenders.

Résumé or curriculum vitae

[  ] Upload through MyStatus


[  ] Upload portfolio as a single pdf through the portfolio credential on MyStatus.

The portfolio helps the reviewers determine your potential to perform successfully in a studio-based design curriculum.

In order to review each application fairly and accurately, the reviewing committee requires evidence in one or more categories:

  • The level of creative skill you possess in any medium.

  • The extent of your interest in the proposed degree program, made evident through your abilities in composition, physical form-making, or perception of the environment.

  • Your ability to translate ideas into physical form, even if in simple terms such as drawing.


Portfolios should be designed and formatted for on-screen viewing. Maximum file size is 25 MB.


For each project, list the applicant’s name, the project’s date, and an indication as to whether the project was academic, office-related, or personal. In the case of collaborative or professional work, the contribution by the applicant must be precisely described.


The organization of the portfolio is a design exercise. It should be clear, succinct, and thoughtfully composed to best reflect your interests and skills. The quality of the work is of greater importance than quantity.


Please note: Photographs of landscapes (including travel photographs) as examples of creative work are not acceptable except from studio arts applicants with a major in photography.

Provide work that demonstrates the ability to take an idea and adeptly convey it visually. Include a wide range of drawings, such as landscapes, human figures, and perspectives. Hand drawings, particularly gestural drawings, are strongly encouraged.

Photographic or photo static reproductions must show work in the visual arts or design that has been executed by the applicant. The work should include examples of freehand drawings, and three-dimensional work executed by the applicant. The committee places emphasis on drawing skills. Those applying for advanced placement or for a second professional degree are expected to submit examples of work demonstrating their ability to pursue study at an advanced level

Applicants without backgrounds in landscape architecture are not expected to show landscape architectural skills but rather creative, artistic or perceptive skills through drawing, painting, or three-dimensional explorations (models). A portfolio helps the reviewers associate your desire to enter graduate landscape architecture school with your potential to perform successfully in a studio-based design curriculum.

Applicants with backgrounds in landscape architecture, architecture, or environmental design are expected to present a high-quality portfolio showing well-developed graphic skills and a well-developed sense of design, space, form, and volume. Photographs of models help and should be used when possible. Show at least three steps of design development in a specific project and your progression/thought process. The committee assumes your portfolio and its format represent your best abilities in design.