Landscape Architecture, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Landscape Architecture


Head of the Department David L. Hays

PhD coordinator: Mohamed Boubekri


overview of admissions & requirements: http://phd.faa.illinois.edu/application/index.html

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


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

program website: https://landarch.illinois.edu/phd-program/

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

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


school 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

Sustainable Urban Design, MSUD

Heritage Studies Graduate Minor

joint programs:

Landscape Architecture, MLA & Urban Planning, MUP


The Department of Landscape Architecture offers the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree, the Master of Sustainable Urban Design degree (MSUD), 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. The PhD program is jointly administered with the School of Architecture and emphasizes both interdisciplinary study and cross-disciplinary inquiry. Areas of concentration include history and theory; technology and environment; and behavioral and cultural factors in design. Before submitting an application, students should consult the department website for information regarding the specific areas of study and the time needed to complete the requirements.

Several faculty members in the department also participate in the doctoral program administered by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. See the program description under Regional Planning, PhD for more information.

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. The doctoral program prefers candidates with master’s degrees: MLA, MArch, or related fields such as art history, ecology, geography, or planning. All graduate students must begin their studies in the fall semester.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in the PhD program.

Financial Aid

Students compete for fellowships, tuition and service fee waivers, and assistantships. Selection is based on the academic achievement and qualifications of the student.

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Landscape Architecture


For additional details and requirements refer to the department's PhD HandbookProgram Curriculum and the Graduate College Handbook

The requirements may vary slightly according to students' area of focus. Please consult the PhD Handbook for more explicit details.

Students are required to defend their dissertation, Policies on format of the doctoral examination can be found in the Graduate College Handbook.

96-hour program for students entering with a Baccalaureate Degree

All students are required to enroll in the PhD colloquium during the fall of their first year of course work.
ARCH 589PhD Colloquium (Taken twice)2
Research methods4
Elective Coursework in Major Field26
Language Requirement: Required for all students in the History/Theory option and for some Social and Cultural Factors students
Elective Coursework32
LA 599Thesis Research32
Total Hours96

64-hour program for students entering with an MS/MA

All students are required to enroll in the PhD colloquium during the fall of their first year of coursework.
ARCH 589PhD Colloquium (taken twice)2
Research methods (unless previously waived) 4
Language Requirement: Required for all students in the History/Theory option and for some Social and Cultural Factors students
Elective Coursework26
LA 599Thesis Research32
Total Hours64

 80-96-hour program for students admitted with maximum 16 hours approved from a prior MLA.

All students are required to enroll in the PhD colloquium during the fall of their first year of coursework.
ARCH 589PhD Colloquium (taken twice)2
Research methods4
Elective Coursework in Major Field10-26
Language Requirement: Required for all students in the History/Theory option and for some Social and Cultural Factors students
Elective Coursework32
LA 599Thesis Research32
Total Hours80-96

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall (not including LA 599) 24
Professional Degree Required for Admission to PhD No
Qualifying Exam Required: No
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Language and statistics course requirements vary by focus area. To develop proficiency, students may be required to take more than one course. Specific requirements are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Chair of the PhD Committee in consultation with the student's advisor.