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Landscape Architecture

Drawing of landscape designThis program focuses on environmental design and planning and provides students with the knowledge necessary to develop the skills and abilities in design, planning, and management that are pivotal to their effectiveness and success in the workforce, and that are responsive to the unique qualities of the state and the region. The program prepares students to become effective professionals and citizens by emphasizing a philosophy of responsibility and commitment to ethical standards regarding the natural environment, professional practice and personal relationships.


The curriculum is flexible for students who may want to develop specialized knowledge in areas such as environmental restoration, community design, or environmental resource analysis methods.A BS or a BA would be the academic pre-requisite for a first-professional MLA degree (65-hour program) and a BSLA, BLA, or Bachelor’s degree in a related design field would be the academic pre-requisite for a post-professional MLA degree (40-hour program).

Admission requirements

In applying for either the second professional degree (two year course of study) or the first professional degree (up to a three year course of study) the following admission requirements should be met:

Bachelor’s degree to include:

  • 4 credits of biology or plant science (including a laboratory)
  • College algebra and trigonometry (or pre-calculus or calculus or equivalent)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher on a scale of 4.00 (can be considered on an individual applicant basis)
  • Math or biology deficiencies can be made up during first year leveling studies.

Additional Requirements:

  • Portfolio demonstrating creative expression (can be written or graphical)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Writing sample: professional publication or a multi-page essay on environmental or community design
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores to demonstrate English language proficiency. (Minimum scores: 550 paper; 213 electronic).