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, media/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 Workshop
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 385K Technology Workshop I 3
LAR 385L Technology Workshop II 3
LAR 385M Design Methods 3
LAR 387K Living Systems Design I 3
LAR 387L Living Systems Design II 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
Professional 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
Free Electives
  Free Elective 3
  Free Elective 3
  Free Elective or MDS Preparation 3
TOTAL   87

General Notes Regarding Program-of-Work

The program recommends a candidate to the Graduate School for the Master of Landscape Architecture as a professional degree after satisfactory completion of prerequisites, a mid-program portfolio review and 87 credits or more as prescribed in the Program-of-Work. All students may petition to waive degree requirements by demonstrating equivalent study in any of the required course areas .


The program grants advanced standing to qualified candidates up to two semesters. Qualified applicants are subject to review by the admissions committee, and must complete prerequisites, a mid-program portfolio review and 60 credits or more as prescribed in Program-of-Work. The Program-of-Work considers the student’s previous college work as shown in transcripts, portfolio, statement of intent, and references.

Ecology Prerequisite

Beginning January 2019 the ecology prerequisite is no longer required for student enrolling after Summer or Fall of 2019.
Candidates must complete at least one three-semester-hour course in basic ecology or the equivalent before the first class day of the first fall semester. If your Program-of-Work does not reflect completion of this requirement, discuss this immediately with the Graduate Adviser.


Professional electives are ‘guided’ electives in subjects integral to study of the discipline. Professional electives provide advanced study in Representational Media, History or Theory, and Natural Systems. These electives allow students to select courses that best reflect their interests and curricular pursuits while meeting the requirements for a professional degree in landscape architecture. These courses ensure mastery, hone research skills, and encourage independent research. Professional electives are not taken as credit/no credit. The Graduate Adviser and the Landscape Architecture Graduate Studies Committee (LAGSC) identify qualifying Required Electives before the start of Academic Advising each semester.

Free Elective

Free electives must meet the enrollment requirements as specified in the Graduate Catalog and cover any field of study.

Portfolio Review

The Portfolio Review is required for all First Professional Degree Candidates. The Portfolio Review follows the third semester core studio LAR 694T and occurs during the Fall Semester Exam Week. Students produce and submit a portfolio of work that demonstrates their academic progress and mastery of the core course material to date. A panel of LAGSC members meet with each student to assess the student’s strengths and weaknesses, areas for improvement, and discuss their work in context of the student’s academic and professional objectives.
Students must participate in the Portfolio Review before enrolling in LAR 695 or at the end of their first semester for any 60 credit hour students. 

The purpose of the portfolio review is primarily advising. In case of un-satisfactory progress toward completion of degree, the LAGSC, at their discretion, specifies a course of action, including course and design studio selection. The LAGSC re-reviews all students not making satisfactory progress during the exam period of their fourth semester.

Content Revised 03/25/2019