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Master of Landscape Architecture Curriculum

Master of Landscape Architecture Curriculum

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a three-year, first-professional graduate program focused on urban landscapes and ecological infrastructure. The MLA professional degree conferred by the School of Landscape Architecture at the BAC is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB).

In addition to the courses below, students will participate in Practice and partake in community work and professional collaboration in Segments 2 and 3 of the curriculum.


Segment I: Foundation 

Master of Landscape Architecture graduate students share their first semester studio as part of an interdisciplinary experience. You will develop a framework for fundamental design concepts and a universal spatial language through courses in history and theory, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and ecological analysis.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Segment II: Integration 

Segment II leads to a complex set of spatial problems addressing global, regional, and local aspects of urban landscape architecture. Throughout the program, students explore landscape design and construction technologies, including sustainable infrastructure principles and applications, as well as develop a deeper understanding of cultural parameters through research and scholarly methods.

Semester 3

Semester 4

Segment III: Synthesis

In Segment III, students enter Thesis year and a more independent phase of research and study.  They formulate individual proposals in an area of professional inquiry, and demonstrate the skills, knowledge and abilities applied to a practical design project. For more information see the MLA Thesis Manual.

Semester 5

Semester 6

Total Academic Credits: 84

Total Practice Hours: 900

Practice Skill Level: 6