Degrees Offered

The Department offers two primary courses of study leading to a professionally accredited Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA).

The first professional degree program is three years in length and is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than landscape architecture or architecture. The second professional degree is two years in length and is designed for those who already hold an accredited bachelors degree in either landscape architecture or architecture. Students may be admitted with advanced standing into either of these programs depending upon their respective backgrounds. Dual degree programs with architecture (MLA/MARCH), city planning (MLA/MCP), or fine arts (MLA/MFA) are also available. All of the above named degrees may be combined with certificate programs in Historic Preservation, Urban Design, or Real Estate and Development. The Department also offers a Certificate in Landscape Studies, designed for students who may wish to augment or focus their prior work through research into landscape topics.

View Course Descriptions for Landscape Architecture


Master of Landscape Architecture Professional Degree Program Accreditation
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program and three years or more apprenticeship as a prerequisite for licensure. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in landscape architecture, recognizes one type of degree: the Master of Landscape Architecture. A new program may be granted a one- or two-year term of accreditation and an established program, typically, a five-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards. Masters degree programs consist of a three- or two-year first professional landscape architecture degree which, when completed, comprises an accredited professional education.

The Master of Landscape Architecture degree program is fully accredited by the ASLA.

Undergraduate Minor

Through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Landscape Architecture is offering the following undergraduate Minor in Landscape Studies, open only to students in undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences.

MLA Professional Degrees

Modifications to the MLA curriculum are underway. Please contact the department for the most up-to-date information.