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MLA Advanced Placement Curriculum

MLA Advanced Placement Curriculum

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) Advanced Placement is a two-year 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 [4.1.1 Practice/Learn through Experience] and partake in community work and professional collaboration.


The advanced placement program for eligible students begins at semester 3.

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.

Semester 5

Semester 6

Total Academic Credits: 60

Total Practice Hours: 900

Practice Skill Level: 6