Department of Landscape Architecture

First Professional Master’s Program Admissions

Please note that the First Professional Master’s program begins in May.

Minimum Requirements

  • Students must have an undergraduate degree (we accept students from a wide range of undergraduate majors)
  • GRE score must be at least 297 (new) or 1000 (old)
  • Minimum acceptable undergraduate GPA is 3.0
  • Those who speak English as a second language should consult the University’s English Proficiency Requirements


Applying to the First Professional Master’s program involves both the Department of Landscape Architecture and the University of Florida Graduate School. Please see the bulleted lists below for the Department’s and the Graduate School’s application requirements. Although a personal interview is not required for admission, we encourage applicants to visit and meet faculty, staff and students. If you plan to visit, please contact Dan Manley at to arrange a meeting and a tour of our facilities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but applications should be finalized by February 1.

Applications received after February 1 will be reviewed at the Department’s discretion. Early submissions are encouraged. Please note that students must begin the First Professional program in May.

There are two ways you can apply for graduate studies at the University of Florida: online or by mail (do not do both). Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the online system (see link to online application below). Instructions for each of these options can be found on the UF Graduate School Website.

What You Send to the UF Department of Landscape Architecture

  • A copy of your completed application form (Online applications are strongly preferred)
  • Letter of Introduction and Intent (This letter should describe the student’s background and interest in studying landscape architecture.)
  • Resume
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Copy of test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, TSE)
  • Copies of transcripts from all previous colleges
  • Fellowship/assistantship application, if applicable
  • Optional: First Professional program applicants are encouraged send a portfolio (including photographs, drawings or other creative work). Digital format is preferred (please either forward a CD/DVD to the Program Assistant or email a url link to a web-based portfolio hosting service such as Only provide examples that are the sole work of the applicant (no group projects unless the work is CLEARLY identified as part of a team effort and the applicant’s precise role with the project is detailed).

Applicants with previous formal training in landscape architecture or an allied discipline should include examples that demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  • Hand graphics (including line drawings and rendered samples of plans, sections/ perspectives, etc.)
  • Digital graphics (including line drawings and rendered samples of plans, sections/ perspectives, photomontage, publication design, etc)
  • Grading and storm water management plans
  • Construction details (graphic and innovative)
  • Site analysis/synthesis examples
  • Design process drawings
  • Design projects at varying scales

What You Send to the UF Office of Admissions

  • Application form (online or hardcopy version)
  • Application fee payment
  • Official test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, TSE)
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges. If your transcripts are not written in English, also send official English translations of them along with the originals.
  • Florida residency affidavit (part of the application form)
  • Conduct declaration (part of the application form)
  • For more information about the admissions process, visit UF’s Office of Admissions.

International Student Requirements
If you are a non-US applicant, please visit the Office of Admissions’ Prospective International Student Site. Be sure to send your Certificate of Financial Responsibility to the UF International Center.

Field Trips
Required first year week-long field trip

Computer requirements
Refer to the Department’s Laptop Computer Requirements

Related Links
UF Graduate School’s Estimated Annual Budget
UF Graduate School’s Financial Aid Page
Academic Common Market (for out-of-state students)
Graduate Catalog
Graduate School Homepage

Application Forms
UF Graduate Program Online Application
Application Form for US Citizens and Permanent Residents
Application Form for Non-US Applicants
Certificate of Financial Responsibility (for international students)
Recommendation Letter Form

For additional information or assistance, please contact:

Vanessa Niblett
Academic Assistant
431 ARCH
School of Landscape Architecture & Planning
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-5706
(352) 294-1481

Dan Manley, Graduate Coordinator