Required Application Materials

Online Application

A completed on-line application through ApplyTexas must be submitted. Please note that materials cannot be accepted via email attachment. The online application fee cannot be waived or paid for by the department ($50 for U.S. citizens or permanent residents and $90 for international applicants).


Permanent Resident Card/I-551/I-485 (Immigrants to the United States only)

Permanent residents must submit a copy of the front side of their Permanent Resident card or proof of issuance of an I-551. Applicants for permanent residency must submit a copy of their I-485 indicating that an application to adjust status to permanent resident is pending with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. NOTE: You do not need to submit an official transcript from Texas A&M University.

Electronic transcripts can be processed much faster than paper transcripts. Texas A&M will accept transcripts sent electronically through AVOW, SPEEDE, eScrip-SAFE or National Clearing House. Transcripts from any other vendor will not be accepted. If the institution cannot use this format and you have attended an American or Canadian college or university, one official transcript is required. Please ask each registrar to enclose one copy of your transcript in a sealed, signed envelope. Please mail this envelope, with the seal unbroken and the registrar's signature intact, to the Office of Admissions and Records at the address below. 

Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001

For international applicants, To ensure that your official transcripts and other supporting documents are processed in a timely and efficient manner, please include the appropriate Document ID Sheet with all documents you submit in support of your application. If you wish to submit your application fee by check or money order please use the alternate payment form. Please view a brief List of Bachelor Degree Equivalencies by Country. If you do not find your country listed and are unsure of your degree equivalency, please contact the Office of Admissions at For more information about international graduate application, please check the office of admissions (Internaional Graduate) website. 



Required GRE scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Texas A&M University and be from a test date within five years of the date the application form reached the Office of Admissions. Tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline to ensure timely receipt and processing of results. We will use your highest test score from one test date. Copies of test scores are not considered official, but they may help the University locate your official test scores and are therefore useful when the application is processed.



All international applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate English-language proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. Applicants from native enligh speaking countries will be exempt from the TOEFL requirement. Please check the office of admissions (Internaional Graduate) website.

Minimum required scores are 550 for paper-based testing (TOEFL pBT), 80 for internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT), and 6.0 overall band for IELTS.



Resumes should include your employment history, educational record, publications, awards, or community/volunteer experiences you may have. Please send the resume to the following address with the program name you are applying to.

Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in Land Development, Master of Urban Planning, or Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Science
Texas A&M University
Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
MS 3137
College Station, TX 77843-3137


Statement of Purpose

You have two options for submitting your essays.

1. Type your statement of purpose and mail to the department which you are applying. Please put your name, Social Security Number and the Application ID at the top of each page. 


2. You may also submit your statement of purpose online. Use a word processing software to write your essay. When you are ready to save your essay in ApplyTexas, come back to ApplyTexas Main Menu page. Access your application, go to the Essays tab, and cut and paste your written, saved essay into the text area. You will be able to save, retrieve and edit the essay as many times as you want in ApplyTexas prior to submitting your application.



A hardcopy of portfolio is required only for applicants to the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program. 

The portfolio should showcase recent, high-quality work, and will be judged on both content and overall design. Applicants without professional training may submit work that shows other evidence of creativity (studio art, construction/renovation, furniture design, etc.) and clearly demonstrates interest in the proposed subject field. Any material that is not entirely the applicant's own work must be clearly identified.

Mail portfolio to the following address:

Master of Landscape Architecture
Prof. Bruce Dvorak 
Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, 
Texas A&M University, 
College Station,
TX 77843-3137


Writing Sample

A recent publication, report or writing sample is required only for applicants to the Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science (URSC). 

The publication, report or writing sample should support the applicant's Statement of Purpose and clearly demonstrate research and writing abilities and/or analytical skills. 

Mail writing sample to the following address:

Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Science
Dr. Yu Xiao
Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, 
Texas A&M University, 
College Station,
TX 77843-3137



Graduate applicants should provide THREE recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, you may submit non-academic references (e.g., employers). Please be aware that TAMU does not automatically contact the references you may have listed on your ApplyTexas application. 

Applicants can access the electronic letter of recommendation system available via the Applicant Information System (AIS).

Complete and submit your admission and scholarship applications online. If you are new to the ApplyTexas, you will need to create a user account before starting your application.