M.S. Program Description

The Master of Science in Landscape Architecture program provides graduate students with a foundation in the theory and practice of landscape architecture. The program also provides students with the opportunity to focus on a self-selected, particular area of landscape architectural investigation.

The program emphasizes that landscape architectural works should facilitate deep connections to place, enabling individuals to positively affect and connect with these places. The program also emphasizes service learning and the development of research projects that shift both personal and public values and facilitate ecological understanding.

Through the program students are trained to develop an enlarged and holistic understanding of natural and social phenomena, events, and objects that shape the quality of people’s lives in rural and urban environments.

The Master of Science in Landscape Architecture degree is offered in two tracks:

+2 year M.S.
For candidates already possessing a degree in landscape architecture the +2 year M.S. provides opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills in a particular area, acquire strong research and critical thinking skills and contribute to and advance the body of knowledge in the discipline.

+3 year M.S.
For candidates without a design background the +3 year M.S. provides opportunities to pursue research and advanced specialization in landscape architecture that complements their current knowledge and skills. Successful applicants to the +3 year M.S. will also complete foundation courses in landscape design and technology in addition to the graduate core.

MS Landscape Architecture Graduate Handbook (PDF)
(contains sample program plans, thesis and requirements, course descriptions, policies, etc.)