This program focuses on environmental and community 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, personal relationships and professional practice. The curriculum is flexible for students who may want to develop specialized knowledge in areas such as health care facility design, environmental restoration, community design, cultural or historic landscape planning, or environmental resource analysis methods.
Students with a BS or a BA in another discipline are required to complete up to 28 credits of pre- requisite or leveling courses prior to beginning the two year MLA curriculum resulting in a three year course of study for students entering the program without a background education in design. Students without Bachelor degrees in a design field are strongly encouraged to consider and apply to the Program. A BSLA, BLA, or Bachelor degree in a related design field is the academic pre-requisite for the post-professional MLA degree (38-hour program). The MLA program earned accreditation in 2013 as evaluated by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
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.
- 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).
Professor of Landscape Architecture
4419 Agricultural Sciences