Admission as a regular student is
granted, on the recommendation of the School of Landscape
- the holder of a BLA degree, or of an honours baccalaureate or its equivalent or
- a student who has satisfied the requirements for transfer from provisional student.
At least four semesters of full-time study must normally be devoted to
the master's program if the student holds a BLA and is admitted as a regular student. Holders of other degrees may
require two additional semesters. For a student registered part-time, the minimum duration is
based on the equivalence of three part-time semesters to one full-time semester. A minimum
program fee is applied when a part-time student applies to graduate.
Normally, the thesis must be formally submitted or the program otherwise
completed within forty-eight months of the completion of the minimum duration.
The student's program is established, and progress kept under review, by
the School of Landscape Architecture (see the section on Enrolment and Registration). The
day-to-day responsibility will
rest in an advisory committee
of at least two members, one of whom may be from outside the school. The student's research
adviser (if any) is chair of the advisory committee.
The MLA degree of the University of Guelph requires the demonstration of
a general mastery of the field of landscape architecture, and a detailed knowledge of the selected
field of specialization.
Prescribed Studies: The
courses selected must be acceptable to the school and to the dean of Graduate Studies for
graduate credit. The candidate must obtain an overall weighted average grade of at least 'B-' in order to qualify for the degree (see the
Establishment of Programs
The number of courses prescribed will depend upon the student's
- For the holder of a BLA with several subsequent years of significant professional
experience (as defined by the school), the prescribed studies will consist of at least five
courses (2.0 credits) , plus a thesis;
- for the holder of a BLA without several years of significant professional experience,
the prescribed studies will consist of at least seven courses (3.0 credits), plus a
- for the holder of degrees other than the BLA, the prescribed studies will
consist of at least thirteen courses (6.0 credits), plus a thesis.
Additional Courses: In
addition to the prescribed studies, a student may take courses outside the discipline. These
courses may be at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. The standings obtained in them
will not affect the average grade of the prescribed studies.
Students may expect to devote at least the equivalent of one full-time semester to their research. To
avoid undue prolongation of their program, students are expected to have their thesis proposal
prepared and approved at least two full semesters in advance of their anticipated degree
See thesis section of the MA and MSc degree
The School of Landscape
Architecture has specified regulations in addition to those described in this calendar. The
student is responsible for consulting the school concerning these regulations. University
regulations, as specified herein, take precedence, and may not be overruled by any school