Landscape Architecture College of Design
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Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Landscape Architecture offers a Bachelor of Environmental Design (BED), which will help you develop the knowledge base to respond to the multiple environmental challenges we face locally, regionally, and globally. You will learn sustainable models of landscape design practice, preparing for leadership among the next generation of landscape architects and environmental designers. The BED degree also offers the Integrated MLA.

Note: The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is required to become a licensed landscape architect in the state of Minnesota and throughout the United States.


Undergraduate Minor

Landscape Design and Planning Minor

Graduate Programs

  • The Department of Landscape Architecture offers three graduate programs:
  • The MLA I is a three-year accredited first professional degree for students who wish to become a licensed landscape architect.
  • The MLA II is a two-year degree designed for students who already possess an accredited undergraduate degree in landscape architecture. Students are admitted to the two-year program upon approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • The MSLA is a non-professional graduate degree for students interested in landscape architecture as a scholarly discipline. The degree is open to students who hold a BLA or MLA, or baccalaureate degree in a related field.
  • The MLA+MURP dual degree allows students to earn both a Master of Landscape Architecture [MLA] and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning [MURP]. Students will be able to achieve both professional degrees in four years and typically follow a career path in the following areas of specialization: land use/urban design, housing and community development, and environmental planning.

Graduate Minors

Graduate minors are open to students currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree* program at the University of Minnesota. Students should apply by completing the application located on the minor pages listed below.

Ecological Restoration minor - this minor focuses on the applied practice of restoration with an emphasis on restoration management and design and the skills needed to lead successful projects.

Landscape Architecture minor - landscape architecture students develop professional design skills through courses that address the increasingly complex relationships between art, ecology, and community that influence and inform design on the land. *The landscape architecture minor is open to doctoral students as well.


Each academic program has specific admissions requirements and procedures. Please visit the Apply page for more detailed information about the admissions process.


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