Landscape Architecture, MLA

for the degree of Master of Landscape Architecture in Landscape Architecture


Head of the Department D. Fairchild Ruggles

overview of admissions & requirements: https://landarch.illinois.edu/mla-program/

overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply


department website: http://landarch.illinois.edu

department faculty:https://landarch.illinois.edu/faculty/

college website: http://faa.illinois.edu


department office: 101 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-0176

email: LADept@illinois.edu


Graduate Degree Programs in Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture, MLA

optional concentration:  Medieval Studies

joint programs:

Landscape Architecture, MLA & Urban Planning, MUP


The Department of Landscape Architecture the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree and the PhD degree. The programs enable students to gain fresh insights and to conduct new research pertaining to land and its use by people. Courses and faculty research activities range from on-site to regional scales, and include environmental planning and design as well as community design, cultural heritage, and history.

The MLA is an accredited first professional degree. Students may pursue specialized areas that reflect their interests and career aspirations. This may include ecological design, community design, and cultural heritage history and design. Joint MLA/MUP is available. 

Admission

The Graduate College admission requirements apply. Students are admitted on an individual basis according to a review of their prior accomplishments with an emphasis on academic achievement. MLA candidates from undergraduate design programs must submit portfolios with applications to the MLA program. Candidates without undergraduate preparation in landscape architecture will be admitted on limited status and must complete undergraduate prerequisite courses in addition to graduate work. All students must begin their studies in the fall semester. 

Financial Aid

Students compete for fellowships, assistantships and tuition/service fee waivers. Some awards are determined during admissions review and students are informed through the acceptance letter. There are also some financial aid opportunities during the course of study (e.g., semester-long TA positions when available).

for the degree of Master of Landscape Architecture in Landscape Architecture


Master of Landscape Architecture-Thesis Option

Specific courses to be taken are determined in consultation with an adviser. Some students complete a master's thesis (LA 599), others develop a specialization through additional coursework.

LA 438Design Workshop Studio II3 to 6
LA 470Social/Cultural Design Issues3
LA 501Landscape Arch Theory & Prac2
LA 597Research Design & Methods3
LA 599Thesis Research10
Coursework23
Additional undergraduate coursework will be required of students without a BLA. These prerequisites do not count toward the graduate degree.
Internship required0
Total Hours48

Other Requirements1

Internship required
Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 48
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 24
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Master of Landscape Architecture-Specialization Option

Specific courses to be taken are determined in consultation with an adviser. Students develop a specialization through elective coursework and design studios. In their final semester, they prepare a document that describes their specialization.

Required Coursework18
Design Studio Coursework
Design Workshop Studio II (taken twice)
Social/Cultural Design Issues
Landscape Arch Theory & Prac
Research Design & Methods
Coursework, including specialization electives 230
Additional undergraduate coursework will be required of students without a BLA. These prerequisites do not count toward the graduate degree. Required internship credit does not count towards the required 48 hours of graduate-level credit.
Total Hours48

 Other Requirements1

Minimum Hours within the Unit 24
Minimum 500-level hours required overall 18
Internship required 5
Minimum GPA 3.0