Landscape Architecture (MLA)

There are three Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programs of study available:

  1. A 2-year program for applicants who have completed the four-year BSD in landscape architecture 
  2. A 2+ program (2 years plus one spring) for applicants with an undergraduate degree in architecture, planning, urban design, urban planning, or a related design field
  3. A 3+ program (3 years plus one summer) for applicants with an undergraduate degree in a discipline or field other than landscape architecture

The MLA program at ASU is designed to enable students to engage with the community in applied projects that focus on improving the ecological and social health of the urban environment. The emphasis is on sustainable outdoor environments. In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure.

The graduate landscape architecture program projects can include large-scale work encompassing urban design, landscape reclamation, open space preservation planning and landscape ecological design, and projects at the more intimate scale of a neighborhood park or residential back yard. Emerging areas of focus include biotechnical design, construction of greenways, green roofs, living walls, urban agriculture as well as the design of healing environments.

As an accredited master's degree program in landscape architecture, the curriculum is intended to prepare students for landscape architecture professional practice and advanced study at the doctoral level. 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. 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

Degree Offered

Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for

Location
Tempe

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Admission

Application Procedures and Requirements

Application period

Online applications are open through September 15, 2018 to January 15, 2019 for the following programs: MArch 2-year; MArch 3+; MIA 2-year; MIA 3+; MID 2-year; MID 3+; MLA 2-year; MLA 3+; MSBE; MSD; MUD; MVCD 2-year; and MVCD 3+.

Summer Admission: MLA 3+ programs only admit students to the summer term.

Fall Admission: MLA 2- year programs only admit students for the fall semester.

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Paying for College

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.

Financial Aid

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.

 

Concurrent Degree Options / Master of Business Administration (MBA)

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.  

Global Engagement Studios

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 Global Engagement Studios are not discipline specific, which grants students the opportunity to collaborate with, and learn from fellow Design School students who are from a different design discipline. 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.

Admission Requirements

Master of Landscape Architecture Two-year Program (MLA)

  • Applicants to The Design School graduate programs are required to complete a two-step application process. Applicants must submit the Graduate College application as well as The Design School SlideRoom application.  For complete information on how to apply, please view the steps to apply on the admissions page. The Slide Room application for 2019-2020 Academic Year will open on September 15, 2018 and will close on January 15, 2019.
  • Given the structure of the MLA 2 year curriculum, students must begin their studies in the Fall semester.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS test scores are required to be submitted for any applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. Your application will not be processed without valid proof of English proficiency. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 on internet-based test, 550 on paper-based test, or 250 on computer-based test is required of international students whose native language is not English. IELTS minimum requirements is an overall band score of 6.5.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements as established by Graduate College. A 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) is preferred, but students with less than the minimum requirement may still receive consideration if they have supporting evidence of creative work, significant work experience, or other indicators of their potential to succeed in the program. Particular emphasis is placed on the last two years of the applicant's undergraduate GPA record.
  • Applicants are encouraged to report GRE scores. However, GRE Scores are not required. 
  • Applicants may be admitted to the two-year program with deficiencies if their previous course work is not equivalent to the ASU undergraduate requirements and standards. Deficiencies must be completed with a grade of a “B” (3.0) or higher.
  • A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting designgrad@asu.edu.

Master of Landscape Architecture Two-plus Program requirements (MLA 2+)

  • Applicants to The Design School graduate programs are required to complete a two-step application process. Applicants must submit the Graduate College application as well as The Design School SlideRoom application.  For complete information on how to apply, please view the steps to apply on the admissions page. The Slide Room application for 2019-2020 Academic Year will open on September 15 and will close on October 15, 2018.
  • Given the structure of the MLA 2+ year curriculum, students must begin their studies in the Spring semester.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS test scores are required to be submitted for any applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. Your application will not be processed without valid proof of English proficiency. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 on internet-based test, 550 on paper-based test, or 250 on computer-based test is required of international students whose native language is not English. IELTS minimum requirements is an overall band score of 6.5.
  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree in Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, Urban Planning, or a related design field or applicants with a baccalaureate degree with a major or minor in Landscape Design.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements as established by Graduate College. A 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) is preferred, but students with less than the minimum requirement may still receive consideration if they have supporting evidence of creative work, significant work experience, or other indicators of their potential to succeed in the program. Particular emphasis is placed on the last two years of the applicant's undergraduate GPA record.
  • Applicants are encouraged to report GRE scores. However, GRE Scores are not required.
  • Admission to the Master of Landscape Architecture program is selective and cannot be deferred, except in very rare instances where unusual circumstances outside an applicant’s control prevents an applicant from attending. The MLA 2+ program commences in the spring session of each year.
  • Applicants may be admitted to the two-year program with deficiencies if their previous course work is not equivalent to the ASU undergraduate requirements and standards. Deficiencies must be completed with a grade of a “B” (3.0) or higher.
  • A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting designgrad@asu.edu.

Master of Landscape Architecture Three-plus Program requirements (MLA 3+)

  • Applicants to The Design School graduate programs are required to complete a two-step application process. Applicants must submit the Graduate College application as well as The Design School SlideRoom application.  For complete information on how to apply, please view the steps to apply on the admissions page. The Slide Room application for 2019-2020 Academic Year will open on September 15, 2018 and will close on January 15, 2019.
  • Given the structure of the MLA 3+ year curriculum, students must begin their studies in the Summer semester.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS test scores are required to be submitted for any applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. Your application will not be processed without valid proof of English proficiency. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 on internet-based test, 550 on paper-based test, or 250 on computer-based test is required of international students whose native language is not English. IELTS minimum requirements is an overall band score of 6.5.
  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree in any field.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements as established by Graduate College. A 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) is preferred, but students with less than the minimum requirement may still receive consideration if they have supporting evidence of creative work, significant work experience, or other indicators of their potential to succeed in the program. Particular emphasis is placed on the last two years of the applicant's undergraduate GPA record.
  • Applicants are encouraged to report GRE scores. However, GRE Scores are not required. 
  • Admission to the Master of Landscape Architecture program is selective and cannot be deferred, except in very rare instances where unusual circumstances outside an applicant’s control prevents an applicant from attending the MLA 3+ program commences in the spring session of each year. The MLA 3+ program commences in the summer session of each year.
  • Applicants may be admitted to the two-year program or the 2+ Program with deficiencies if their previous course work is not equivalent to the ASU undergraduate requirements and standards. Deficiencies must be completed with a grade of a “B” (3.0) or higher.
  • A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting designgrad@asu.edu.

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Accreditation

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 Fall of 2019. The MLA Program was last accredited in 2011 and is scheduled for re-accreditation in Fall 2020.  Learn more

Internships

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

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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Student Organizations

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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