Master of Landscape Architecture
The UTA Masters in Landscape Architecture program focuses upon ecological and environmental resiliency, urban place making, and quality of life, utilizing what makes the program unique: its location. The Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth Metroplex provides exceptional opportunities for students and professionals to produce practical solutions to challenges extant within an exponentially expanding urban area. Through interdisciplinary teaching, research, and community engagement, the program promotes leading-edge design and planning. Also offered are learning opportunities for working professionals, including continuing education, certificates, and executive programs.
Ranked No. 12 for "Most Hired by Firms" among landscape architecture schools with less than 20 graduates by Design Intelligence.
The UTA Masters in Landscape Architecture program advances design and planning solutions for environmental resiliency, urban place making, and quality of life. Through interdisciplinary teaching, research, and community engagement, the program will promote leading-edge design and planning by capitalizing on our unique place within a transferable urban lab environment (DFW).
Educational Objectives and Student Competencies :
Established through the Unite Effectiveness Process (UEP) process support the program's mission, and also are aligned with the standards established by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) for first professional degree programs in landscape architecture that encompass the body of knowledge common to the profession and promote acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary to enter professional practice.
These learning goals and objectives will be used to guide curriculum and long-range planning. They include:
- Proficiency in communication: graduating students will demonstrate proficiency in communicating ideas with visual proficiency.
- Proficiency in verbal communication: graduating students will demonstrate proficiency in communicating ideas with verbal proficiency.
- Identification of natural and cultural systems: graduating students will demonstrate the ability to identify the local and regional cultural and natural systems including hydrology for a given design program.
- Knowledge of computer applications: graduating students will demonstrate proficiency with relevant computer programs.
- Knowledge of construction materials, methods, technologies and applications: graduating students will demonstrate the ability to produce a set of industry standard construction documents.
- Advanced written research/communication: graduating students will demonstrate the ability to produce scholarly research in the form of a written and/or design thesis.
The Landscape Architecture Program 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.
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 Landscape Architecture Program 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 89 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.
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