Accreditation Information

Launched in 2010, the Sam Fox School's MLA program is the only accredited graduate-level landscape architecture program in the state of Missouri. Students are able to earn an accredited professional degree in either two or three years, depending on their undergraduate background. The program was accredited in 2013 by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board; the next accreditation visit is scheduled for 2019.

Tuition & Fees

In the 2016-17 school year, full-time tuition for students in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis (including students in the Master of Landscape Architecture program) is $24,105 per semester. There is an additional $190 annual studio fee that allows for maintenance and improvements to the School's computing facilities, as well as a $50 student activity fee and a $330 health and wellness fee. NOTE: Travel is an important part of the learning experience. There are usually one or two field trips each semester. Students should budget for travel costs of $1,000 per semester.

WashU student health insurance costs $1,512 per year. Please note: U.S. students may waive the student health insurance if they have health insurance through another provider, plan, organization or family member. Please visit the Student Health Services website.

All charges are split between fall and spring semesters except student health insurance. Tuition and fees for each semester are payable approximately two weeks before the first day of classes. The University reserves the right to change the fees stated or to establish additional fees at any time without prior written notice. When fee changes or additions are made, they become effective with the next payment due.

In addition to these fixed costs, we estimate that students should budget an additional $20,798 for estimated annual expenses such as rent, food, books/school supplies, and personal expenses.

Acceptance Deposit

A non-refundable acceptance deposit of $400 is due once students express their intent to enroll in the MLA program. The deposit is credited toward the first semester's tuition charges. Specific instructions regarding this deposit will be provided along with acceptance materials. In the event the applicant fails to matriculate, the deposit is not refundable.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for financial aid. The Sam Fox School offers applicants to the Master of Landscape Architecture program a range of financial assistance, including scholarships, loans, and teaching assistantships.

Financial aid awards are based on separate considerations of academic excellence and financial need. It is our policy to provide aid to as many applicants as possible by distributing awards to more students rather than concentrating larger awards to fewer students. Applicants to the graduate programs and returning students who submit their financial aid applications after the deadline will reduce their chances for aid and may receive appreciably smaller awards than students who apply on time.

All students who expect to be reliant on any amount of financial assistance from Washington University to fund their graduate studies must apply for financial aid in January or early February. An application for financial aid will not influence decisions for admission to the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, so there is no penalty for seeking aid. Note that scholarship funding is limited. Priority for scholarships will be given to financial aid applications received on or before February 15.

Visit the Financial Aid page of our website for full information, including application instructions and deadlines.

Student Demographics

Domestic students: 20
International students: 13
Male: 28
Female: 5
All students: 33

Domestic students: 9
International students: 17
Male: 6
Female: 20
All students: 26

Domestic students: 14
International students: 19
Male: 8
Female: 25
All students: 33


Male: 1
Female: 6

Male: 2
Female: 7

Male: 2
Female: 7

Student Diversity
White/Non-Hispanic: 10
African American: 1
Asian: 22