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Master of Landscape Architecture

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The Master of Landscape Architecture program is a three-year first professional degree geared toward:

  • Students who are intrigued by environmental issues and principles of sustainable design
  • Students who wish to gain knowledge and skills leading to a professional practice in the built environment
  • Students who enjoy a collaborative, constructive and applied learning approach to design

The Master of Landscape Architecture program emphasizes design studies through both a disciplinary and interdisciplinary foundation experience. Students explore advanced studios, design media, construction technology courses, and research strategies pertaining to new urban landscapes. The program provides a concurrent academic and practice curriculum as a method of delivering applied, integrated learning, where academic and practice requirements are mutually stimulated, and where comprehensive design thinking and professional practice are explored and reinforced. Graduate students are to demonstrate mastery of the professional curriculum through a comprehensive, practical Thesis project and through scholarly research.

The design studio experience invites students to imagine and resolve spatial issues that strengthen and enliven the character and health of cities, communities and neighborhoods. The design studio is the platform for design integration and collaboration.

Our Concurrent Practice education offers a unique learning experience centered on the design studio environment, and reinforced in the field. Through applied learning scenarios, students explore current research topics in design and sustainable practice, and apply this knowledge through actual work in an office and in the field of Landscape Architecture.

We are in Boston, home to more than 50 higher education institutions who make up the most innovative population of our cutting-edge City.

Post-professional degree candidates (those with a bachelor's in design or architecture) are admitted to the Master's program with advanced standing. The MLA professional degree conferred by the School of Landscape Architecture at the BAC is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board (LAAB)

The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Endowment for the Arts (see Research Notes #103N) anticipate a 20% growth in the Landscape Architecture job market over the next 5 years.