Master of Landscape Architecture

General

Program Description

The profession of landscape architecture involves the design, planning, and management of land – from urban parks to regional watersheds. Essential to this work is an appreciation for built and natural environments, a willingness to unravel their complexity, and the cultivation of skills to thoughtfully engage their accumulated forms, systems, processes, and stories. We welcome you to join us.

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Accreditation

The Master of Landscape Architecture program is a professional degree program fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). In the State of Maryland, graduated from an accredited degree program are eligible to take the national Landscape Architecture Registration Exam (LARE) after two (2) years of full-time, professionally supervised employment.

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) *

This three-year, first-professional accredited track is for individuals seeking to become landscape architects but have no previous background in design. The track consists of 75 total course credits (66 core credits and 9 elective credits) and normally requires a minimum of three years full-time study to complete. Students choosing to enroll part-time extend their studies over a longer period of time.

* Admission with Advanced Standing

If you have previous graduate coursework in a design field, you may be eligible for MLA admission with advanced standing. The track consists of between 60-75 total credit hours and typically requires less than three years of full-time study to complete. In cases of advanced standing, we will review your transcript to determine if your previous coursework is equal in scope and content to that offered by our curriculum. Morgan State permits us to consider external transfer credit up to a maximum of twenty percent of our required MLA curriculum, or 15 credit hours.

Curricula

Our graduate curricula include seminars and workshops in history, natural systems, drawing, and technology, coupled with a series of design studios and student-chosen electives in sustainability, architecture, visual arts, natural resources, and urban affairs and planning.

The MLA track is a three-year, first-professional accredited degree for individuals seeking to become landscape architects but have no previous background in design. The track consists of 66 core and 9 elective credits and normally requires three years of full-time study. Students choosing to enroll part-time can extend their studies over a longer period of time. For students with previous coursework in design or a professional undergraduate degree in landscape architecture, architecture, or city and regional planning can apply for Advanced Standing in the MLA track and may be waived from certain courses, reducing their total credits required to earn the MLA degree.

Year One

  • Studio I: Environmental Design - 6 credits
  • Studio II: Site Planning - 3 credits
  • Graphics Workshop - 3 credits
  • Digital Representations / Fabrications - 3 credits
  • Environmental Resources I - 3 credits
  • Technology I - 3 credits
  • Urban Plants I - 1 credit
  • Urban Plants II - 1 credit
  • Landscape Architecture History - 3 credits

Year Two

  • Studio III: Nature in the City - 3 credits
  • Studio IV: Urban Communities - 3 credits
  • Design & Human Behavior* - 3 credits
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - 3 credits
  • Technology II - 3 credits
  • Technology III - 3 credits
  • Urban Plants III - 1 credit
  • Planting Design, Theory, Observation - 3 credits
  • Contemporary Urban Landscapes - 3 credits
  • Graduate Elective** - 3 credits

Year Three

  • Studio V: Comprehensive - 6 credits
  • Studio VI: Master's Project - 3 credits
  • Research Methods - 3 credits
  • Professional Practice - 3 credits
  • Graduate Elective - 3 credits
  • Graduate Elective - 3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 75

*Or choose 3 credits from online offerings, including Introduction to Sustainable Communities (3); The Urban Village-Sustainable Neighborhoods (1); Sustainable Urban Site Design (1); The Natural and Built Environment (1).

**Online graduate electives include Social Justice as a Framework for Sustainable Urban Community (1); Healthy Urban Communities (1); Introduction to Urban Stormwater Management (1); Sustainable Construction-Practice & Management (1); Urban Ecology (1); Urban Soils (1); Environmental Site Design for Urban Landscapes (3); Green Roofs/Green Walls (3); Urban Stream Restoration (3); Environmental Planning (3).

Who Can Apply

Interested in Graduate Studies in Landscape Architecture? We welcome applicants with diverse academic and professional backgrounds, including the social and natural sciences, environmental studies, and ecology, as well as business and the visual arts. The GRE is not required.

Regular Admission

If you have earned a bachelor's degree, and possess a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, you are eligible to be considered for regular admission.

Conditional / Probational Admission

If your cumulative undergraduate GPA was between 2.5 and 2.99, you can still be considered for admission on a conditional/probational basis. Students admitted on a conditional/probationary basis must achieve a 3.0 GPA by their second term.

Admission with Advanced Standing

If you possess a professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or have substantial graduate coursework in a design field, you may be eligible for admission with advanced standing. In such cases, we will review your transcript to determine if previous coursework is equal in scope and content to that offered by Morgan State. For master's degree applicants, Morgan State will consider external transfer credit hours up to a maximum of twenty percent (20%) of a required curriculum.

When to Apply

The Graduate Landscape Architecture Program has rolling admissions. You can apply and upload your materials at any time. Once complete, your application is forwarded for review by the Landscape Architecture Graduate Program Director, who makes a recommendation to the Graduate School. Applicants are notified of admissions decisions by email from the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution providing instruction to a multiethnic, multiracial, multinational student body and offering more than ... Read More

Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution providing instruction to a multiethnic, multiracial, multinational student body and offering more than 125 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland's Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan fulfills its mission to address the needs and challenges of the modern urban environment through intense community-level study and pioneering solutions. Read less