Landscape Architecture, MLA

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

MLA 2-Year
An applicant must have completed a four or five-year bachelor's degree with a major in landscape architecture (BLA or BSLA) 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 or an equivalent accreditation.

MLA 2-Plus
Applicants must have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in architecture, urban design, landscape design, planning, urban design, environmental design, interior architecture, or a related design field or applicants with a baccalaureate degree with a major or minor in landscape design or environmental design.

MLA 3-Year
Applicants who have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree in any field other than landscape architecture and who are not qualified for the 2-Year or 2-Year Plus pathways.

 

 

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Landscape architecture is a profession that combines art, science, technology, and experiential knowledge for creative place-keeping and making, preserving diverse cultures, and building stewardship of people and the environment. Participate in service-learning projects that address global concerns while working with local communities to create livable, beloved cities and landscapes.

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The MLA program is designed to enable students to work with communities in planning and design projects for improving the ecological and social health of their built environments, with emphasis on sustainable environments for community resilience. ASU's Master of Landscape Architecture program provides students with the ecological literacy and fluency to lead socially just urban transformations in areas of greening, decolonizing and healing places. These urban transformations are urgently needed to build better and more just neighborhoods, cities and regions.

The curriculum in this accredited degree program is designed to prepare future leaders in landscape architecture practice 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. This Master of Landscape Architecture degree is qualified as a STEM-designated degree program in the U.S. education designation.

There are three program paths of study available in this master's degree program:

  • a 2-year program for applicants who have completed the four-year or five-year bachelor's degree in landscape architecture
  • a 2-plus program (two years plus one spring) for applicants with an undergraduate degree in architecture, planning, urban design, urban planning, environmental design or a related design field
  • a 3-year program for applicants with an undergraduate degree in a discipline or field other than landscape architecture or a related design field

Studio projects range from large-scale work encompassing green infrastructure, resilient design, sustainable systems design, future climate scenarios and actions, urban ecological design, urban agriculture, landscape restoration, open space preservation and planning, community planning and design, biophilia and landscape ecological design to projects at the more intimate scale of a neighborhood park, streetscape, vacant lot transformation, campus design or residential back yard. Emerging areas of focus include climate adaptation, health and equity, creative place-making and place-keeping; environmental justice, living structures (e.g., green roofs and living walls), restorative environments, sustainable design, urban climate design, and climate justice design.

The Design School is committed to the merging of global and local contexts and concerns and, toward this end, graduate students may travel as part of their studio experience. To date, students have traveled to Argentina, Brazil, 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.

At A Glance

Landscape Architecture, MLA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Admission

Application Procedures and Requirements

Application period

Online applications are open September 15 with a priority deadline of January 15 for the following programs: MArch 2-year; MArch 3-year; MIA 2-year; MIA 3+; MID 2-year; MID 3+; MLA 2-year; MLA 3-year; MS.Arch; MSD; MUD; MVCD 2-year; and MVCD 3+.

Fall Admission: MLA 2- year and MLA 3-year programs only admit students for the fall semester. We accept applications until July 15th. Any applicant who would like to apply after these deadlines is welcome to contact designgrad@asu.edu.

Spring Admission: MLA 2+ programs only admit students for the spring semester. We accept applications from April 15th to September 15th. 

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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

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Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

Students who live outside of Arizona may be eligible for 150% in-state tuition, find out if you qualify.

Degree requirements

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: Landscape Construction III (3)
LTC 598 Topic: Planting Design (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.

Admission requirements

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:

  1. online graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. a portfolio, letter of intent and contact information of two references submitted via SlideRoom (https://asudesign.slideroom.com/#/Login)
  4. proof of English proficiency
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. The minimum score for admission to the program is 80 (internet-based) or 550 (paper-based) on the TOEFL or an overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS. Other information can be found at https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency.

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 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 or five-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 or equivalent accredited degree program in landscape architecture.

Admission Requirements to the 2-Plus Pathway
Applicants must have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in architecture, urban design, landscape design, planning, urban design, environmental 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 Pathway
Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree in any field other than landscape architecture or a design related field.

Deficiency Coursework
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 deficiencies, there are two pathways.

Deficiency courses may include:

LAP 231 Introduction to Digital Applications for Designers (3)
LAP 251 Plant Materials for Sustainable Landscapes (3)
LAP 311 History of Landscape Architecture (3)
LAP 312 20th Century Landscape Architecture (3)
LAP 332 GIS Applications in Environmental Design (3)
LAP 341 Landscape Construction I (3)
LAP 342 Landscape Construction II (3)
LAP 352 Ecosystems and Sustainable Design (3)
LDE 590 Topic: Core Landscape Architectural Studio I (4)
LDE 590 Topic: Core Landscape Architectural Studio II (4)

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 Spring of 2020. The MLA Program was last accredited in 2015 and is scheduled for re-accreditation in Spring 2020.  Learn more

Please visit the ASU Professional Licensure website for information on licensure surrounding this and other ASU programs.

Download Program Curriculum

MLA 2-Year

MLA 2+

MLA 3+

STEM Designation

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.

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 for the opportunity to experience a foreign place or 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.

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.
  • Given the structure of the MLA 2-year curriculum, students must begin their studies in the Fall semester.
  • Proof of English proficiency is required to be submitted for any applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency). A list of ways to demonstrate English proficiency can be found here: https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency
  • 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 to the MLA program 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.
  • 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 will open on April 15 through September 15.
  • Given the structure of the MLA 2+ year curriculum, students must begin their studies in the Spring semester.
  • Proof of English proficiency is required to be submitted for any applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency). A list of ways to demonstrate English proficiency can be found here: https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency
  • 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 to the MLA program 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.
  • 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-year)

  • 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. 
  • Given the structure of the MLA 3-year curriculum, students must begin their studies in the fall semester.
  • Proof of English proficiency is required to be submitted for any applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency). A list of ways to demonstrate English proficiency can be found here: https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency
  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree in any field.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements as established.

Internships

Students completing a 2-year or 3-year graduate degree program in the following studio-based disciplines are required to complete an internship: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, and Visual Communication Design. The internship typically takes place during the last summer that precedes the final year of the graduate program.

Learn more 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.

Learn more about professional organizations.

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.

Learn more about student organizations.

 

 

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