1. Online Application Form
a. Supporting documents are not uploaded to the online application form. The form is only for contact and degree information, and program questions. This is also where the contact info of the referees is entered. It’s important to submit the online application form well before the application deadline, because once the form is submitted the system sends an automatic email with instructions to the referees. If they receive this email close to the deadline, chances are they will be late.
b. Once the online form has been submitted, the applicant will receive an automatic email from Grad Studies. This email contains the applicants UCID number, a reminder to pay the application fee, and instructions on how to upload supporting documents via the myUofC portal in the applicant’s Student Centre.
a. If I’ve been out of school for a while, can I use more than one professional reference?
Yes, but it’s ideal to have at least one, preferably two academic references. If you have taken any courses since your Bachelor degree was conferred, those instructors can give references as well, depending on the nature of the course. The committee wants to hear how well you would perform academically at the graduate level as much as if they believe you will make a great landscape architect.
b. Can I submit a fourth reference?
Yes, but a reference form will have to be emailed to email@example.com, the referee won’t be able to complete the online reference. The form is on the MLA admissions web page.
a. Does my portfolio have to include landscape architecture?
Ideally yes but not mandatory. The committee wants to see demonstration of creativity, sense of space and at least basic design skills. This could include design work, professional work, research, art work, creative ability, or ideas related to their statement of intent or interests in Landscape Architecture.
a. It says a CV is optional, I just finished my undergrad and haven’t really worked, should I still submit one?
If you have any kind of work or volunteer experience, or are a musician or high calibre athlete, these things can indicate your life experience and also time-management skills. So unless you only have your Bachelor degree and babysitting in high school to put on your resume, it’s recommended to submit one.
5. Statement of Interest
a. What should I talk about in my statement, and how long should it be?
The statement should be no more than 2 pages in length – there are no spacing or formatting rules, as long as it’s legible. The committee wants to hear about your interests and why you want to pursue the MLA degree. They want to see a connection drawn from your background and personal experience to what you will do with your Landscape Architecture education, how it will assist in achieving your personal and professional goals. Your statement is an opportunity to provide information not found elsewhere in your application. Aim to highlight something that might make you stand out in comparison to other applicants, something that makes you different or interesting. We do not provide examples of Statements to prospective applicants.
a. I have international transcripts and it’s difficult to obtain a new set from my university, do I have to submit them now?
You can scan your copy of your transcripts (and English translation if applicable) and upload them as your “unofficial transcripts”. If you are offered admission, you would be required to submit the official hard copy sent directly from your university by mid-summer to confirm your place in the program.
b. I did my Bachelor degree at UofC, do I still need to submit an official transcript?
Yes, if you are offered admission, we ask that you order an official transcript be sent to us (it’s free!).
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