The Master of Landscape Architecture, First Professional Degree, is an accelerated graduate program designed to prepare students for advanced work in the practice of landscape architecture. Students complete a structured core sequence of design, visual communication, history/theory and technology in landscape architecture. After successful completion of the core sequence, students are qualified to commence advanced study in the discipline.


The Master of Landscape Architecture professional degree requires the satisfactory completion of 87 credits or more in the following program of work. 

Foundation Design
LAR 380C Foundation Design Studio
Core Design Studios
LAR 383 Landscape Architecture Design Studio I 3
LAR 682T Landscape Architecture Design Studio II 6
LAR 694T Landscape Architecture Design Studio III 6
LAR 695 Landscape Architecture Design Studio IV 6
Advanced Design Studios
LAR 696  Advanced Design Studio I 6
LAR 696 Advanced Design Studio II 6
or LAR 697K* Master's Design Study in Landscape Architecture  
  *must complete LAR 397 MDS Preparation  
Core Lecture Courses + Workshops
LAR 381 Visual Communication I 3
LAR 384 Native Plants 3
LAR 385K Technology Workshop I 3
LAR 385L Technology Workshop II 3
LAR 385M Design Methods 3
LAR 388K History + Theory of Landscape Architecture I 3
LAR 388L History + Theory of Landscape Architecture II 3
Professional Practice
LAR 386 Professional Practice 3
Distributional Electives
  Natural Systems Elective 3
  Natural Systems Elective 3
  History or Theory Elective 3
  History or Theory Elective 3
  Media Elective 3
  Media Elective 3
  Natural Systems, History or Theory, OR Media Elective 3
Free Electives
  Free Elective 3
  Free Elective or MDS Preparation 3
TOTAL   87

First professional degree candidates must demonstrate a certain proficiency in design and communication skills through a portfolio review conducted by the faculty before entering the advanced design studio sequence. Candidates who qualify are generally granted advanced standing of up to one or two terms and are subject to review by the admissions committee. The program of work is prescribed on the basis of the student's previous college work as shown in transcripts, portfolio, statement of intent, and references. Qualified students may be able to waive degree requirements by demonstrating equivalent study in any of the required course areas.