Graduate Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture

Our master of landscape architecture (MLA) degree is fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and it qualifies graduates to sit for the professional examination required to practice landscape architecture.

This degree follows wonderfully with a bachelor’s degree in humanities, environmental studies, natural resources, fine arts, social work, interior design, urban planning, or architecture.

You have the opportunity to study and complete thesis work in the following areas of strength:

Design 
The tools of landscape architects are the core of the program―understanding landform and the movement of water, building with appropriate materials in resource-conservative ways, working with plants, and ecosystems for low maintenance and meaningful aesthetics.

Cultural Landscapes 
Architecture has a very long global history, which our students examine to understand how cultures used their landscapes, made places, and imbued them with meaning.

Environmental Issues 
Sustainable design affects community and regional planning, visualizing a future in which our environments encourage healthy living.

All landscape architecture students in the first professional degree programs are required to complete a 10-week, full-time internship to gain real-world experience. With this hands-on learning, research, and practice, one of our three professionally accredited programs will prepare you to integrate the needs of people and natural systems.

Three types of master’s degrees are offered:

All three of the programs combine principles of evidence-based design, technology in design, and design performance in each year, as illustrated in our curriculum map.
MLA Curriculum Map