Landscape Architecture College of Design

Master of Landscape Architecture I

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because … a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.  -Max Planck

The Master of Landscape Architecture [MLA] is an accredited first professional degree for students who wish to become licensed landscape architects. The program introduces students to the practice and discipline of landscape architecture, providing them with the ecological, artistic, technical, and communication skills necessary to practice in the profession and in other environmental fields.

Coursework is offered in an integrated three-year sequential framework. Over the course of five design studios, students explore sites from the local to the international at increasingly larger scales and apply new technical skills and knowledge to their design solutions. In their second year of study, students have the option of studying abroad in our Cities on Water program that addresses issues of global climate change in the Netherlands and Istanbul. In the final capstone studio, students pursue independent design projects, driven by their values and passion.

Faculty bring their research into the collaborative studio environment to deepen studio work, to engage students in a broad range of landscape research inquiry, and to share their own vision of how landscape architectural practice can change the world for the better. They ask compelling and relevant questions like how can cities and towns plan for increasing floods and droughts? What can be made of open pit mines and piles of spoils when the extraction is over? How can temporary art installations spur ongoing community building? What does big data have to do with making livable neighborhoods?

Contact the Director of Graduate Admissions with any questions relating to our graduate programs.

  • Deadline for applications is 15 January.
  • Acceptance letters are sent by 15 April.
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