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Curriculum

MLA I

The MLA curriculum provides students with an in-depth education in the knowledge and skills of the discipline and provides opportunities for scholarly research. The first year of the curriculum builds fundamental skills in design, history, theory, and digital technologies. Years two and three focus on broadening student abilities in design and scholarship. The MLA degree requires 94 credit hours of course work and takes a minimum of three years to complete.

The curriculum has been updated for the 2019-2020 year (see PDFs below for previous years). Information about G3 graduation options can be found on the curriculum guide below. 

Year 1

Autumn Semester

LARCH 6910
Design Studio I
LARCH 6410
Media I
LARCH 6420
Ecology & Technology I
LARCH 6600
Outlines of Landscape Architecture

Spring Semester

LARCH 6920
Design Studio II
LARCH 6430
Media II
LARCH 6440
Ecology & Technology II
LARCH 6667
Making and Meaning of the American Landscape

Year 2

Autumn Semester

LARCH 7930
Design Studio III
LARCH 5367
Professional Practice
LARCH 5610
History & Theory I
ELECT
Seminar Elective

Spring Semester

LARCH 7940
Design Studio IV
LARCH 5620
History & Theory II
LARCH 7780 
Research Methods
ELECT
Seminar Elective

Year 3

Autumn Semester

LARCH 7950
Design Studio V
OPTION
G3 Option
ELECT
Seminar Elective
ELECT
Open Elective

Spring Semester

OPTION
G3 Option
ELECT
Seminar Elective
ELECT
Open Elective

MLA I Advanced Placement

The MLA advanced placement (AP) option is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in architecture (4 or 5 years) or a master’s degree in architecture who can demonstrate advanced design skills. Students admitted into the MLA program with AP will follow the curriculum as listed below. Advanced placement allows the student to bypass Year 1, and begin the program in Year 2.

Year 2

Autumn Semester

LARCH 7930
Design Studio III
LARCH 5367
Professional Practice
LARCH 6420
Ecology & Technology I
LARCH 5610
History & Theory I or
LARCH 6600
Outlines of Landscape Architecture

Spring Semester

LARCH 7940
Design Studio IV
LARCH 6440
Ecology & Technology II
LARCH 7780 
Research Methods
LARCH 5620
History & Theory II or
LARCH 6667
Making and Meaning of the American Landscape

Year 3

Autumn Semester

LARCH 7950
Design Studio V
OPTION
G3 Option
ELECT
Seminar Elective
ELECT
Open Elective

Spring Semester

OPTION
G3 Option
ELECT
Seminar Elective
ELECT
Open Elective

MLA II

The intent of the MLA II curriculum is to enable students to pursue two educational goals simultaneously - broadening their knowledge of landscape architecture and related disciplines while developing a specific expertise within the field. The degree typically requires two years to complete, including the submission and defense of a master's thesis. Typical of post-professional programs, the MLA II is not an accredited degree program. The MLA II degree requires 62 credit hours to complete.

Year 1

Autumn Semester

LARCH 7930
Design Studio III: Urban Landscape
LARCH 7890
Seminar in Landscape Architecture
ELECTIVE
Open Elective

Spring Semester

LARCH 7940
Design Studio IV: Global Issues
LARCH 7780
Graduate Research Methods
LARCH 7890
Seminar in Landscape Architecture
ELECTIVE
Open Elective

Year 2

Autumn Semester

ELECTIVE
Elective Studio
LARCH 8990
Thesis Pro-Seminar
LARCH 7890
Seminar in Landscape Architecture
ELECTIVE
Open Elective

Spring Semester

LARCH 6999
Thesis in Landscape Architecture
LARCH 7890
Seminar in Landscape Architecture
ELECTIVE
Open Elective