Are you interested in our Master of Landscape Architecture program? Then it’s time to apply!

Please review our admission requirements, deadlines, and instructions below to prepare for your application.

Application Deadline and Fees

Your application and materials are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on the following dates:

  • To start classes in Fall 2023 (Track 1 and Track 3 only) – February 15, 2023.

Applications received after February 15, will be considered until all available program spaces have been filled or until the Graduate School application deadline of two (2) weeks to the start of the term/semester. Please contact to discuss opportunities available before applying.

International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by International Admissions.

Applications are $60 per program. You can pay your application fee (nonrefundable) with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Or you may pay online with an electronic check from a U.S. bank. (Note: electronic checks must be cleared prior to your application being complete. This process may take up to 10 days.)

Application Fee Waivers

Your application fee may be waived if you meet one of the criteria outlined below.

Do not pay the application fee if you are a:

  • McNair Scholar;
  • Ball State student currently enrolled in classes or alumni;
  • current Ball State employee (full-time and benefits-eligible);
  • veteran or active-duty military;
  • guest student seeking credits to transfer to another institution;
  • prospective student who attended a Ball State graduate program information session.

If you are in one of the categories above, make sure to select the fee waiver option when completing your online application. When selecting "I attended an informational session" option in the fee waiver section of the application, please provide the information session title and date you attended.

Before You Apply: Recommended Next Steps

Before you begin your application, we recommend you learn more about Ball State, review our admission process and requirements, and gather your required materials.

Step 1: Get to Know Ball State

Learn about Ball State, our Graduate School, and your program of interest.

Step 2: Review Our Admission Process

Some admission requirements differ between types of applicants. Be sure to follow the process that aligns with your current situation.

If you are an international student – someone who has or plans to acquire a visa to study in the U.S. – our International Admissions staff will help you through the admissions process and your unique requirements.

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If you are a Permanent Resident of the U.S., refugee, asylee, DACA, or undocumented status holder, follow the admission requirements for domestic applicants.  If you have a pending U.S. Permanent Resident application, you must apply as an international applicant

If you were previously enrolled at Ball State but have not taken classes for more than a year—or if you received a "Re-Admit" error when attempting to register for classes—you need to select the “Re-enroll (previous Ball State graduate students only)” option under “Academic Intent” in your application.

Do not choose the Re-enroll Applicant Type if you are any of the following:

  • a first-time applicant to a Ball State graduate program;
  • applying for a new or different program or certificate than one in which you are already enrolled; OR
  • previously applied for a program but never attended any classes.
Applying to Fall 2022 or Spring 2023

Step 3: Verify Your Admission Requirements

Make sure you meet the following requirements to apply to your program:

  • You must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
  • You must have earned a minimum of a 2.75 GPA from the undergraduate degree-granting institution or hold a conferred graduate degree. Preference is given to applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Step 4: Gather Your Application Materials

In addition to your application, you will be requested to upload the following materials to your application portal:

  • Resume or CV
  • Portfolio
    • This may include but not be limited to environmental design drawings (e.g., plans, sections, perspectives, etc.), built works (e.g., models, landscapes, etc.), art (e.g., paintings, sketches, sculpture, etc.), graphic designs (e.g., marketing, advertising, publishing, etc.), and writing samples (e.g., work reports, academic term papers, essays, etc.).
  • Letter of intent
    • Provide a letter expressing your interest in pursuing the Master of Landscape Architecture with us and describe what sets you apart and your potential for success.
  • Transcripts showing complete academic record. What is this?

Step 5: Review Department-specific Information

During the application process, you will be asked to select the term (fall or spring) you wish to begin.  

Application Review

Once you submit all required application materials, the MLA Graduate Program Committee will evaluate your materials and determine which curriculum path is best suited for you. The Committee’s decision will be based largely on your portfolio samples provided, resume/CV experiences listed, relevant courses completed, degree(s) earned, and overall academic performance.  

Below are the MLA Curriculum Paths and the Term each begins.  

  • MLA Track 1 (begins Fall term only): 3-year professionally accredited degree program for anyone holding a bachelor's degree or higher (and often seeking a career change).

  • MLA Track 2 (begins Spring term only): 2.5-year professionally accredited degree program for anyone holding a bachelor's degree in an environmental planning or design field and who have basic competency in land/site analysis and design.  

  • MLA Track 3 (begins Fall term only): 1-year post-professional degree program for anyone holding an accredited bachelor's degree in landscape architecture.

Fall Applicants: Your application will be evaluated for admission to MLA Track 1MLA Track 2, or MLA Track 3. If admitted to MLA Track 2, your coursework will begin in the Spring term.

Spring Applicants: Your application will only be evaluated for admission to MLA Track 2. You may be asked to re-apply for Fall term admission consideration if the MLA Graduate Program Committee believes you are best suited to follow the MLA Track 1 or MLA Track 3

Graduate AssistantshipsTo guarantee consideration for a graduate assistantship (GA), applications must be completed by February 15. Ball State adheres to the Council of Graduate Schools April 15 Resolution, so those who receive initial offers will have until April 15 to consider their options. If we do not offer you a GA, you are welcome to find one outside of our department. Ball State maintains a current list of on-campus graduate assistantships.  


Probationary admission to this program is available if you do not meet the admission requirements outlined above. Please connect with your graduate advisor to discuss probationary admission requirements.

Ready to Apply?

Applying to Ball State is easy, safe, and is a completely online process. You’ll need to complete the online application for graduate admission and then upload any required application materials to your applicant portal.

You will receive an email message after you submit your application with instructions on how to access your applicant portal. The portal will provide further instructions on how to upload your required application materials and submit your full application for review. You will also be able to check your application status and confirm your enrollment via the Decision Reply Form from the portal.

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We recognize that your graduate education is an important investment for your future. If you have any questions, please reach out to Graduate Admissions for assistance. We are here to help!