How to Apply

Photo: Passion Puddle in Spring.

Applying to the Graduate Landscape Architecture program at Rutgers, requires the completion of two steps; filling out an online application for the Graduate School at Rutgers (with personal statement) and submitting a portfolio for review by the Graduate Landscape Architecture Faculty. For instructions on how to fill out an online application to the Graduate School at Rutgers, please visit:

The GRE is required for all applicants, except for those who directly continue from undergraduate to graduate studies (4+1), and those who already hold a masters degree. The TOEFL may be required for some applicants. Please see the Rutgers Graduate School admissions information for international students to see if you need to submit a TOEFL score.

Personal Statement

In the personal statement we want to learn more about you and how you would contribute to our learning community. Please answer the following in your personal statement:

  • Why do you want to study landscape architecture? What are your professional goals? (500-750 words).
  • Why are you particularly interested in the landscape architecture program at Rutgers? (250-500 words)

Portfolio Submission

Prospective graduate students are required to submit a portfolio containing samples of original work. Recognizing many MLA 1 students may not have any art or design background, we challenge you to use this opportunity to organize a small collection of work of any kind that you believe evidences your creativity. You will not be judged on art or design technical standards. This portfolio must include a work description sheet which lists:

  • Title and corresponding page number for work
  • Dimensions of the original work (if applicable)
  • Date completed
  • Media used

Please note: If you would like your portfolio returned, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope with correct amount of postage along with your portfolio.

For additional information about the Graduate Landscape Architecture program, please contact:

Gail McKenzie, Graduate Program Secretary
(848) 932-9311,

Department of Landscape Architecture
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
93 Lipman Drive, Blake Hall
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8524