master of landscape architecture degree requirements
The applicant must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School. A personal interview is recommended and letters of reference are required. All students in the Program of Landscape Architecture are required to consult the Graduate Advisor to obtain course and schedule approval each semester prior to registration.
Students are evaluated for admission to the graduate program using three criteria: a) grade point average from previous degree(s) and coursework, b) Graduate Record Examination results, and c) a portfolio review/interview. The maximum score for each category of evaluation criteria is as follows: a) GPA = 4000 points maximum; b) GRE = 1600 points maximum; and c) portfolio/interview = 1600 points maximum. The maximum total admissions score is 7200.
A student whose native language is not English must have a demonstrated speaking ability in English. The program requires a minimum score of 575, or the equivalent score on the computerized test, for admission.
First Professional Degree Program
For students holding a college degree in a field other than design, some prerequisite courses usually are required such as design, plant materials, technology, drawing, theory, and history. The extent and number of such courses depends upon the student’s previous college experience and demonstrated skills.
The core curriculum in the Program of Landscape Architecture prepares students holding a college degree in a field other than landscape architecture or a related design discipline for the program’s emphasis, which is problem solving through design and research. The core curriculum also provides students with the basic equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. For full-time students with degrees from other non-design disciplines, the core usually takes three semesters to complete.
All students are required to consult their Graduate Advisor to obtain course and schedule approval each semester prior to enrollment and registration. An approved degree plan must be submitted no later than the start of the student’s second semester of graduate work.
Students from backgrounds other than landscape architecture or its related fields must complete the 92 credits required in the curriculum. Students with degrees and/or professional experience in fields related to landscape architecture (such as architecture, engineering, environmental design, horticulture, interior design, planning and the like) may apply for advanced standing, allowing them to enter the academic phase (second year) of the curriculum. Advanced standing in these cases requires a minimum of 62 total credit hours for graduation.
Students with first professional degrees in landscape architecture may also apply for advanced standing, allowing them to enter the research (third year) phase of the curriculum. Advanced standing in these cases requires a minimum of 30 total credit hours for graduation.