Landscape Architecture Master of Landscape Architecture

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The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program prepares students to engage in Landscape Architecture as both a cultural and ecological practice. The MLA program stresses development of critical thought, inventive curiosity and technical facility. Design studios, workshops, and theory courses focus on the breadth of scales and cultural implications of the discipline, from site design to urban design to the management of regional ecosystems,  while courses in technology and professional practice prepare the student for the rigors of professional Landscape Architectural design practice.

Master of Landscape Architecture I - First Professional Degree

The Master of Landscape Architecture I (MLA I) degree is designed for individuals with no prior training in landscape architecture and is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects as a first-professional degree. The MLA I curriculum provides students with an in-depth education in the knowledge and skills of the discipline and provides opportunities for scholarly research. The first year of the curriculum builds fundamental skills in design, history, theory, and digital technologies. Years two and three focus on broadening student abilities in design and scholarship. The MLA I degree typically takes a minimum of three years to complete.

Master of Landscape Architecture II - Post Professional Degree

The Master of Landscape Architecture II (MLA II) degree is designed for those with an accredited undergraduate professional degree in landscape architecture. The intent of the curriculum is to enable students to pursue two educational goals simultaneously—broadening their knowledge of landscape architecture and related disciplines while developing a specific expertise within the field. The degree typically requires two years to complete. Typical of post-professional programs, the MLA II is not an accredited degree program.

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Optional Practical Training (OPT)

International graduates of this major are approved by the Department of Homeland Security for three (3) years of work permission in the United States after graduation. Visit the Office of International Affairs website for more information.