School of Architecture

master of landscape architecture

The mission of the Program in Landscape Architecture is to educate for ultimate leadership in the landscape architecture profession. This mission requires the development and exercise of both intellect and sensibility.

The Program in Landscape Architecture has the dual objectives of providing students with a core of design and technical skills in combination with experiences in pure and applied research. The Landscape Architecture Program enables students to enter practice as landscape architects in private, public, academic, and research organizations.

Accreditation

The Program in Landscape Architecture is fully accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Graduates from the program are qualified to sit for the Landscape Architecture Registration Exam which, when successfully passed, qualifies individuals to practice as landscape architects in the state of Texas.

Each student will be counseled based upon interests and background to develop an appropriate degree plan.

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.

Admission

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.

TOEFL

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.

Advanced Standing

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.

suggested schedule

The following coursework is a suggestion to meet the program mission. Each student will be counseled based upon interests and background to develop an appropriate degree plan.

The Core Curriculum
Semester 1: Total Credit Hours: 15

LARC 5661 Design Studio I

LARC 5320 Communications for Landscape Architects

LARC 5313 History and Theory of Landscape Architecture II

LARC 5330 Plant Identification and Ecology

Semester 2: Total Credit Hours: 15

LARC 5662 Design Studio II

LARC 5342 Landscape Technology II

LARC 5312 History and Theory of Landscape Architecture I

LARC 5331 Planting Design

Semester 3: Total Credit Hours: 15

LARC 5663 Design Studio III: Site Planning

LARC 5350 LARC Computer Applications

LARC 5341 Landscape Technology I

LARC 5xxx LARC Elective

Review: After completing 45 credit hours, the first professional degree student is evaluated by means of an academic review and portfolio review by the Graduate Studies Committee. The committe identifies areas of strength and weakness in the student’s performance and recommends approprate action.

Advanced Landscape Architecture Semester 4: Total Credit Hours: 15

LARC 5668 Design Studio IV

LARC 5340 Professional Practice

LARC 5380 Research Methods in Landscape Architecture

LARC 5302 Land Development Planning

Semester Between Academic Year 2 and 3: Total Credit Hours: 6

LARC 5681 Professional Practicum or

LARC 5695 Independent Study Abroad or

LARC 5691 Independent Study Area, or Controlled Electives

LARC 5660 Design Studio Enrichment (if necessary)

Semester 5: Total Credit Hours: 15

LARC 5665 Design Studio V

Advanced or Independent Study in Landscape Architecture (9 hours)

Semester 6: Total Credit Hours: 11

LARC 5698 Thesis

LARC 5294 Master’s Comprehensive Examination

Advanced or Independent Study in Landscape Architecture (3 hours)

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 92


Advanced Standing

The following coursework is a suggestion to meet the program mission. Each student will be counseled based upon interests and background to develop an appropriate degree plan. Minimum Program for Advanced Standing (Students from Fields of Study Related to Landscape Architecture)

Semester 1: Total Credit Hours: 15

LARC 5663 Design Studio III

LARC 5330 Plant Identification and Ecology

LARC 5321 Advanced Communications

LARC 5313 History and Theory of Landscape Architecture II

Semester 2: Total Credit Hours: 15

LARC 5664 Design Studio IV

LARC 5342 Landscape Technology II

LARC 5331 Planting Design

LARC 5302 Land Development Planning

Semester Between Academic Year 1 and 2: Total Credit Hours: 6

LARC 5681 Professional Practicum or

LARC 5695 Independent Study Abroad or

LARC 5683 Independent Study Area of Specialization

Semester 3: Total Credit Hours: 15

LARC 5665 Design Studio V

LARC 5340 Professional Practice

LARC 5380 Research Methods in Landscape Architecture

Study in focus area (3 hours)

Semester 4: Total Credit Hours: 11

LARC 5698 Thesis

LARC 5294 Master’s Comprehensive Examination

Study in focus area (3 hours)

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 62


Minimum Program for Advanced Standing (Students with First Professional Degrees in Landscape Architecture)
Semester 1:Total Credit Hours: 15

LARC 5665 Design Studio V

LARC 5380 Research Methods in Landscape Architecture

Coursework in focus area (6 hours)

Semester 2: Total Credit Hours: 15

LARC 5698 Thesis

LARC 5294 Master’s Comprehensive Examination

LARC 5302 Land Development Planning

Independent Study, or coursework in focus area (4 hours)

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 30