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There are three Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programs of study available:
The 3+ program offers great opportunities for students; see what our students are saying
The MLA is designed to enable students to engage with the community in projects that focus on improving the ecological and social health of the urban environment, with emphasis on sustainable outdoor environments.
The projects in the graduate program in landscape architecture can include large-scale work encompassing urban design, landscape reclamation, open space preservation planning and ecological landscape design, and projects at the more intimate scale of a neighborhood park or residential backyard. Emerging areas of focus include biotechnical design, construction of greenways, green roofs, living walls, and urban agriculture, as well as the design of healing environments.
The Design School is committed to the merging of global and local contexts and concerns and, toward this end, graduate students in their final year go abroad for two weeks as part of their studio course. To date, students have traveled to Argentina, England, Ethiopia, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Rwanda, Spain and Turkey. The school also offers a number of summer study abroad programs in an effort to extend the student opportunities for global engagement.
The curriculum in this accredited Master of Landscape Architecture degree program is designed to prepare students for the professional practice of landscape architecture and for advanced study at the doctoral level. In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure.
Since 2011, when the first class of students graduated with master's degrees in landscape architecture, ASU alumni have found employment with nationally recognized landscape architects in multinational firms and within public municipalities and agencies.
Online applications are open September 15 with a priority deadline of January 15 for the following programs: MArch 2-year; MArch 3+; MIA 2-year; MIA 3+; MID 2-year; MID 3+; MLA 2-year; MLA 3+; MS.Arch; MSD; MUD; MVCD 2-year; and MVCD 3+.
Summer Admission: MLA 3+ programs only admit students to the summer term. We accept applications up until March 15th. Any applicant who would like to apply after these deadlines is welcome to contact email@example.com.
Fall Admission: MLA 2- year programs only admit students for the fall semester. We accept applications until June 15th.
Spring Admission: MLA 2+ programs only admit students for the spring semester. We accept applications from April 15th to September 15th.
Teaching and Graduate Assistantships
Assistantships are appointed each term to a select number of graduate students who are excelling in The Design School. Learn more about teaching assistantships including eligibility and application details.
Learn more about your financial aid options.
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
Students who live outside of Arizona may be eligible for in-state tuition, find out if you qualify.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
The Design School requires that the portfolio, letter of intent and reference information be submitted in addition to the Graduate College application requirements.
Applicants are encouraged to report GRE scores, especially if the applicant's background is broad or other than a traditional design major, but it is not required.
Admission to the program is selective. Admission cannot be deferred; students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted; otherwise, they will need to go through the entire application process again for the year in which they are applying.
A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting the department.
Additional Admission Information
Admission Requirements to the 2-Year Pathway
An applicant must have completed a four-year bachelor's degree with a major in landscape architectural studies or be a licensed landscape architect. The undergraduate degree must be granted by an institution that offers the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) accredited degree program in landscape architecture.
Admission Requirements to the 2-Year Plus Pathway
Applicants must have earned a undergraduate or graduate degree in architecture, urban design, landscape design, planning, urban design, or a related design field or applicants with a baccalaureate degree with a major or minor in landscape design.
Admission Requirements to the 3-Year Plus Pathway
Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree in any field other than landscape architecture.
If a student is assigned any deficiency coursework by the academic unit upon admission depending on the undergraduate background, those courses must be completed with a grade of "B" (3.00) or higher before completing the master's program required coursework. As an MLA student assigned deficiences, there are two pathways. One is MLA 3+ with up to 42 credits hours beginning in the summer and the other is MLA 2+ with up to 15 credit hours beginning in the spring. Deficiency courses may include:
ALA 235 Introduction to Computer Modeling (3)
APH 509 Foundation Seminar (3)
LAP 352 Ecosystems and Sustainable Design (3)
LAP 254 Plant Materials (3)
LDE 590 Topic: Core Landscape Architectural Studio I (6)
LDE 590 Topic: Core Landscape Architectural Studio II (6)
LDE 590 Topic: Foundation Landscape Architecture Studio (6)
LPH 310 History of Landscape Architecture (3)
LPH 311 20th Century Landscape Architecture (3)
LTC 343 Landscape Construction I (3)
LTC 344 Landscape Construction II (3)
The four year Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) and three-year First-Professional Master’s Degree (MLA) Programs at Arizona State University are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board. The BSLA Program was last accredited in 2014 and is scheduled for re-accreditation in the Spring of 2020. The MLA Program was last accredited in 2015 and is scheduled for re-accreditation in Spring 2020. Learn more
The Master of Landscape Architecture program has the approved CIP code 30.3301: Sustainability Studies, which makes the program a recognized STEM degree program. STEM designation makes our students eligible for STEM specific Scholarships, OPT extension for International Students, and expanded GI benefits for Student Veterans.
The graduate program curriculum encompasses a travel studio which is completed in the fall semester of the final year. Students travel all over the world to locations such as Australia, South America, Europe, and Asia among others. This offers students the opportunity to experience a foreign country for one week at the beginning of the fall semester. This trip is faculty led and the cost is inclusive within tuition fees. The benefit of this experience to our graduate students is invaluable. To hear what our students are saying about the Global Engagement Studios and their experience view this video.
Master of Landscape Architecture Two-year Program (MLA)
Master of Landscape Architecture Two-plus Program requirements (MLA 2+)
Master of Landscape Architecture Three-plus Program requirements (MLA 3+)
Students completing a 2–year or 3+ graduate degree program in the following studio based disciplines are required to complete a summer internship: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, and Visual Communication Design. The internship takes place during the last summer that precedes the final year of the graduate program.
Learn more about about internships.
Professional organizations serve as the public face for their respective professions, providing information to the general public about disciplinary practice and its role in improving the well-being of communities, promoting design excellence through the recognition of notable professional achievements, supporting the exchange of ideas and information about best practices between professional members through the development of conferences and through the support of opportunities for continuing education.
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Joining a discipline-specific student organization is a great way to help your long-term career plans and goals. Membership can add to your academic experience by building a portfolio, making important connections, networking and engaging with local and national professional communities.
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