The Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (MASLA) is a post-professional research degree offered in a two-year curriculum. Students work in independent research-based studies in collaboration with faculty members engaged in certain research themes. This immersive program is for those who wish to synthesize existing knowledge in landscape architecture and progress contemporary concepts in the field. Within the wider University community, students immerse themselves in a focused research environment enriched by resources and support from related disciplines such as community and regional planning, civil engineering, geography, and art history, visual and theory.

The MASLA program is intended for qualified applicants with a previous professional degree with the capacity for independent research. The main criteria for admissions include a comprehensive proposal for their research and prior consultation with individual faculty members to discuss student's ambitions and supported research topics.

Our two-year Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture program immerses you in a focused research environment, allowing you to synthesize existing knowledge in landscape architecture and progress contemporary concepts in the field. You will work independently and in collaboration with faculty members to investigate specific research themes, culminating in the completion of your thesis. You may enrich this research through related disciplines such as community and regional planning, civil engineering, geography, art history, and visual art.

This program does not fulfill the requirements for licensure. If you already hold a professional degree in landscape architecture or a related field and have a capacity for independent research, this program may be a good choice for you.

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture
  • Subject: Science
  • Mode of delivery: On campus
  • Specialization: Landscape Architecture
  • Program Components: Coursework + Thesis required
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
  • School: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture


The Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture degree requires the completion of 31 credits, which includes your thesis. You will largely design your own trajectory and specialized studies through elective coursework in interdisciplinary fields. In your first year, you will broaden your knowledge in academic research and electives to prepare for your research thesis in the second year. The degree normally takes two years to complete.

  • LARC 523 Landscape Architecture Theory
  • LARC 525 Research Methods
  • LARC 541 Landscape Planning and Management
  • LARC 593 Landscape Architecture Seminar
  • LARC 599 Research Thesis
  • Electives

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Condon, Patrick Michael (Sustainable urban design, landscape architecture, sustainable communities).
  • Dahmen, Joseph (technical methods and cultural effects of resource use at the scales of architecture and territory).
  • Girling, Cynthia (Sustainable communities, Visualization and community engagement, urban design, public realm).
  • Herrington, Susan (Children’s outdoor play environments, Playgrounds, Natural play environments, Risky play, Landscape architecture, Landscape architecture history, landscape theory, Contemporary theory, globalization and contested theory, design, and history of landscapes).
  • Kellett, Ronald (Environmental quality, urban form, development of tools for urban design, green neighbourhoods).
  • Lokman, Kees (design studios in the landscape architecture).
  • Mooney, Patrick (sustainable development; urban biological diversity; environmental restoration; wetland restoration; therapeutic landscapes; sustainable development; urban biological diversity; urban ecosystems; environmental management in urban planning; birds in urban environments; habitat management; Japanese gardens; habitats, Sustainable landscape planning, ecological restoration, design studio, environmental issues).
  • Roehr, Daniel (Sustainable communities, sustainable design, materials and construction, landscape architecture, integration of living roofs as holistic system for stormwater management).




  • ibT Reading 22
  • ibT Writing 21
  • ibT Listening 22
  • ibT Speaking 21



  • IELTS Reading 6.5
  • IELTS Writing 6.5
  • IELTS Listening 6.5
  • IELTS Speaking 6.5
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated December 11, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
4,897 CAD
$4,897.83 Tuition per year for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugee, Diplomat; $8,604.66 Tuition per year for International students
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