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Graduate program: Master of Landscape Architecture

Established in 1972, the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program was the first graduate program of its kind in Canada. More than 420 students have graduated, many of whom now occupy senior positions in the profession.

Landscape architects integrate and apply knowledge of ecology, socio-cultural factors, economics and aesthetics to create environments that are functional, innovative, sustainable, appropriate and attractive. Desirable personal attributes include a creative imagination, problem-solving skills and good graphics and verbal communication skills.

The program requires a minimum of two full years of study to complete. Approximately 50 students are currently enrolled in the MLA program. They originate from all regions of Canada and from many other countries.

Students entering the program are required to complete between 42 and 111 credit hours, depending on academic background. Students with a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture or a Bachelor in Environmental Design with a Landscape + Urbanism option (BEnvD, L+U) may be eligible to complete their program of study over two years, while other students will take three or more years to complete the program. 


The Landscape Architecture program at the University of Manitoba is an accredited program that has met the standards of the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC). The LAAC team reviewed the graduate program in Landscape Architecture and granted the program a full six-year accreditation in May 2021. The program was found to provide the required instruction, faculty, facilities and financial support to deliver a sound program as demanded by the profession and the public.

Programs accredited by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) through LAAC are also recognized by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).


Courses for students with non-design undergraduate degree

First year

  • Drawing Workshop (Fall, pre-term, 0 credit hours) 
  • Digital Drawing Workshop (Winter, pre-term, 0 credit hours) 

Second year

Third year

Required courses

One of: 

Elective courses (12 credit hours required)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

Total credit hours: 111

Fall 2021 Laptop and software requirements

Minimum laptop requirements

Windows laptops
OS:        Windows 10 64-Bit
Processor:    10th Generation Intel Core i7 or faster
RAM:         16GB RAM or higher
Graphics:    Radeon RX or NVIDIA RTX
Display:    1920x1080 minimum; 4K recommended
Storage:    512GB SSD Minimum; 1TB recommended

Apple laptops
Model:    MacBook Pro 13” or 16”
Processor:    Apple M1 or Intel Core
RAM:         16GB RAM or higher
Storage:    512GB Minimum; 1TB recommended

Software requirements

•    Adobe Creative Cloud
•    Microsoft Office

Required (Senior Years Only):
•    qGIS

•    AutoCAD
•    Rhinoceros 3D v7
•    Vectorworks 2021

Pricing and availability of software is listed on the CADLab website under Available software

The University of Manitoba bookstore is an authorized Dell retailer and has built a custom portal for Architecture students where you can order a laptop and some of the required software.  

You can visit that portal here:

While students can buy a laptop anywhere they choose, they are encouraged to consider the bookstore, as the bookstore is familiar with the computer requirements for Faculty of Architecture students.


posted July 14, 2021

Current students

Resources and requirements for students currently enrolled in the MLA program.

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Department of Landscape Architecture
Faculty of Architecture
201 John A. Russell Building
84 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6