How Do I Apply?

To apply for Bachelor in Landscape Architecture (BLA) you must apply through Utah State University Office of Admissions. More information about the undergraduate degree can be found under Academic Programs - Undergraduate.

To apply for a Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA)  in the Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning department at USU, you must apply through the School of Graduate Studies. A complete description of our MLA program can be found under Academic Programs - Graduate.

Applying to the School of Graduate Studies

All submission materials (except portfolios) must be submitted through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). When all materials have been submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, the application is then submitted to the department for review. After submitting your application on-line it may take up to two weeks before your application is available to the department. Any persons you have designated to provide recommendations will be emailed with a link to provide their input, however it could take up to two weeks before the link is sent.

  For instructions on how to apply, go to the School of Graduate Studies website.

Department's Program Deadlines

Graduate Degrees

Application Deadline

All Graduate Degrees March 15th

Applications are processed when we receive them and are reviewed on an ongoing basis. It is highly recommended that you submit all your materials early in the year because the department will begin accepting the top students before the deadline. If the class is not full we will continue to review applications after March 15.

Department Specific Graduate Admission Requirements

Personal statement: the online application will ask you to submit a brief statement. It is recommended that you send an additional letter directly to the department outlining your reasons for pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture or a BioRegional Planning degree. Include any experience you have had in the field or related fields, and outline your future plans after obtaining the degree. Send your statement, any other writing examples you choose, and a portfolio to:

The Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning
c/o Graduate Advisor
4005 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-4005

Portfolio: Portfolios are recommended, but not required, of the First Professional degree applicants. However, they are required for the Advanced Professional degree application. Advanced professionals should submit examples of their most recent work. If one of the examples is a team project, clearly note your contribution to the project.

First Professional applicants may compile a portfolio of any creative works, i.e., sketching, painting, residential landscape, water features, gazebos, or photography, etc. Send all portfolios directly to the Department of Landscape Architecture at the address noted above. Submit 8.5 x 11 copies. Originals will not be returned. No slides, oversize binders, or notebooks, please. The smallest size is preferred (such as wire binding) to allow ease in filing. Viewable CDs or a link to a website are also acceptable.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

  • New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing
  • Transfer students from outside institutions need a 2.5 GPA
  • Transfer students from other USU majors need a 2.5 GPA

High school students planning to major in landscape architecture may enhance their preparation with courses in art, natural sciences, social sciences, and math through college algebra.


The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree program is an intensive four-year studio-based course of study, fully accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Accreditation standards require the department to maintain a reasonable faculty/student ratio. Space in the program is restricted by available facilities and faculty size. Admission to the upper division is limited to students who are determined by the faculty to have the best potential for academic success. Matriculation into the upper division is normally be limited to 25 students, although additional students may be matriculated at the discretion of the LAEP faculty.

Any student admitted to USU is eligible for enrollment in lower-division LAEP courses. Declared LAEP majors are encouraged to meet with our academic advisor early in their freshman year to make sure they required courses needed for matriculation. At the end of the sophomore year, a selection process will determine which students will matriculate into the upper division of the program.

Matriculation Requirements

Students applying for matriculation must have a minimum USU GPA of 2.5. Eligibility for matriculation requires the completion of the following prerequisite courses:

  • LAEP 1200
  • LAEP 1300
  • LAEP 1350
  • LAEP 2300
  • LAEP 2600
  • LAEP 2700
  • LAEP 2720
  • PSC 2620

Selection of students to be matriculated is based on:

  • A letter of intent
  • A portfolio demonstrating creative potential, problem solving skills, and graphic fluency
  • Cumulative GPA earned in the seven LAEP prefix courses listed above

Deadlines and Dates

Portfolios and letters of intent are to be submitted by the last Monday in March. The final selection of students to matriculate to the upper division is a decision of the LAEP faculty. The review of students for matriculation will take place during the week following spring semester final exams, and students will be notified as soon as possible thereafter.

Transfer Students

Transfer students from other programs of landscape architecture who have completed the equivalent of the lower-division USU LAEP coursework may apply for admission to the upper division of the program by submitting the following:

  • A portfolio
  • Letter of intent
  • Transcription of grades
  • Description of landscape architecture courses taken

More Information:

LAEP Department
Fine Arts Visual 230
Utah State University
4005 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
(435) 797-0500