Landscape Architecture, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Landscape Architecture

Head of the Department D. Fairchild Ruggles

PhD coordinator: Mohamed Boubekri

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Graduate Degree Programs in Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture, MLA

optional concentration: Medieval Studies

Landscape Architecture, PhD

optional concentration: Medieval Studies

joint programs:

Landscape Architecture, MLA & Business Administration, MBA

Landscape Architecture, MLA & Urban Planning, MUP

The Department of Landscape Architecture offers work leading to 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. 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.


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

Landscape Architecture, PhD

Elective coursework in major field28
Colloquium coursework2
PhD Colloquium (taken twice)
Outside study (courses outside of Landscape Architecture and Architecture)8
Language Requirement: Required for all students in the History/Theory option and for some Social and Cultural Factors students
LA 599Thesis Research (max applied toward degree)32
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
All students are required to enroll in the PhD colloquium during the fall of their first year of course work.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 24 (not including 599)
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD? No, but Masters level requirements must be met (32 hours min)
Qualifying Exam Required: Yes
Preliminary Exam Required: Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required: Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required: Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0