Admission to the master of landscape architecture (MLA) program requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college. Most undergraduate degrees are accepted. Once you’re admitted, we will place you in the appropriate program of study, based on your academic background and experience.

Admission is based on your individual qualifications. Our department requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with GPAs between 2.5 and 2.9 may apply for admission with probationary status. See Ball State’s equal opportunity and affirmative action policy.

Application Process

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the Department of Landscape Architecture and Ball State's Graduate School. You may apply for admission online.

International Students

Students who are not U.S. residents must apply for admission to Ball State through the Office of International Admissions.

Application Materials

To apply for admission to this program, you must submit the following:

To the Graduate School

  • a completed university application for graduate admission (apply online or request application materials)
  • one official transcript from each higher education institution you have attended

To the Department of Landscape Architecture

  • completed application form (PDF)
  • letter requesting admission to the MLA program
  • current resume
  • three letters of reference (PDF) that evaluate your readiness for graduate study and your interest in the landscape architecture profession
  • copy of your undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) transcripts
  • portfolio and/or sample of your writing, such as a copy of a term paper, a report from a previous work experience, or an essay on a topic of your choice

Mail Application Materials to
Graduate Program Director
Department of Landscape Architecture
Architecture Building 232
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Application Deadlines

Ball State typically accepts MLA students for entry in the fall semester and requires that all application materials be submitted at least four weeks before the start of the semester. If you are interested in a graduate assistantship (PDF), please apply by March 15.

Transfer Credit

Stafford Student Loans, scholarships, and other financial aid programs also are available to help graduate students meet the costs of pursuing a degree. For more information on these options, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. MLA applicants also are automatically considered for two scholarship programs that provide a small stipend.

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