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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 March 2015. 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

Laptop and software requirements

CADLab is the main provider of computer support for the Faculty of Architecture. They provide equipment loans, maintain the computer lab, the printing & scanning facilities, as well as provide technical help to staff and students. CADLab has worked with all the departments to establish specifications. CADLab provides only very basic assistance with troubleshooting student owned equipment.

All students are responsible for installing and configuring the software on their personal laptops. If you have questions or concerns please contact Chris Leigh, CADLab Coordinator, at 204-474-9945 or by e-mail

'Computers on Campus' at the University of Manitoba bookstore is an authorized Dell reseller familiar with the faculty laptop requirements and have educational discounts available for students. Please contact Computers on Campus at 204-474-7000 or for details.

Recommended laptop configuration:
9th Gen or better Intel Core i7
16GB RAM or better
1080p or 4K display
AMD or NVIDIA Graphics
512GB SSD or larger

Dell Precision 5550
approx. $2700
Apple MacBook Pro 16"
2.6Ghz core i7 or better
16GB RAM or better
Radeon Pro 5300 M w/4GB
512GB SSD or larger
(approx. $2999)

While it is possible to run Windows on Mac laptops, it is cumbersome to do so. Due to the technical complexities involved with properly installing and configuring Windows on a MacBook Pro, CADLab recommends that students purchase a Windows PC Laptop rather than a MacBook Pro.

MacBook models which do not have dedicated graphics hardware are not powerful enough to run much of the required CAD software.This includes all MacBook Air and all 13" Pro models.

Students are responsible for installing and configuring their own copy of Microsoft Windows on their Mac should they require it. You can use either VMWare or Boot Camp to do this, see below for the comparison between these two methods.

VMWare Boot Camp
  • Allows you to use Windows and Mac applications at the same time
  • No need to reboot to switch between Mac and Windows
  • Easy to share files between Mac and Windows


  • Much poorer performance. Applications operate about 15-40% slower in VMWare compared to Boot Camp
  • Programs that depend heavily on 3d graphics may be especially slow or exhibit compatibility problems
  • Runs Windows programs at full speed
  • Effectively the same as using a real PC, which eliminates any compatibility issues there might be with VMWare


  • Mac programs are not available while using Windows
  • Must reboot to switch between Mac and Windows
  • Uses much more disc space
  • Complicated to install
For performance and compatibility reasons, CADLab recommends Boot Camp over VMWare

Software requirements 


  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Microsoft Office

Required (Senior years only):

  • ArcGIS Pro*


  • AutoCAD (2020 Mac or 2021 Windows)
  • Rhinoceros 3D v6*
  • Vectorworks 2020

Fore more information on where to obtain specific software check the Faculty of Architecture software list.

Programs marked with a * require Microsoft Windows.
Rhino and AutoCAD for Mac are missing some features and plugins compared to the Windows version.

Current students

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

Contact Us

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