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There are three Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programs of study available:
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.
The 3+ program offers great opportunities for students; see what our students are saying
Landscape Architecture, MLA
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts
The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
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.
Required Core (15 credit hours)
LDE 521 Advanced Landscape Architectural Studio I (5)
LDE 522 Advanced Landscape Architectural Studio II (5)
LDE 621 Advanced Landscape Architectural Studio III (5)
Research (9 credit hours)
DSC 598 Topic: Principles of Collaboration in Design (3)
LPH 513 Research in LA Seminar (3)
LPH 598 Topic: Landscape Architecture Research (3)
Electives (8 to 9 credit hours)
Other Requirements (18 credit hours)
LAP 584 Internship (1)
LAP 584 Internship (2)
LTC 598 Topic: Planting Design (3)
LTC 598 Topic: Landscape Construction III (3)
LPH 598 Topic: Current Issues and Topics in Landscape Architecture (3)
LPH 598 Topic: Urban Landscape Water Systems and Management (3)
LPH 691 Topic: Landscape Architecture Seminar (3)
Culminating Experience (5 or 6 credit hours)
LDE 593 Applied Project (5) or
LDE 599 Thesis (6) or
LDE 622 Advanced Landscape Architectural Studio IV (5)
Additional Curriculum Information
Students take eight to nine credit hours of design professional electives depending on the culminating experience. Students should see the academic unit for an approved elective list. For the research and other requirements sections, other courses may be used with approval of the academic unit.
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
Students in their first year of the two-year program or second year of the 3+ program may apply to study two graduate programs concurrently. The curricula has been designed to allow for most of our programs to be taken simultaneously. Please note that MArch students have the opportunity to apply to the W.P. Carey School of Business to study for a Master of Business Administration concurrently with their MArch degree. We work to try to reduce the length of time for both degrees to save students a year of time and tuition fees. Students with two Master degrees have increased professional opportunities and great marketability. If the concurrent option is taken, this will extend the graduate program by a minimum of one year.
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.
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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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