College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture

MLA Curriculum

MLA students take a series of lecture and studio design courses, beginning with an introduction to landscape design principles in the first year and culminating in an advanced research and studio design project in the graduating year. LAAB standards require that first-professional degree curricula must include the core knowledge skills and applications of landscape architecture: landscape architectural history, philosophy, theory, values, ethics, practice, planning, design, implementation, and management.

To meet LAAB standards, the Landscape Architecture Program curricula includes coverage of:

  • Landscape architectural history and theory
  • Natural and cultural systems
  • Design theories, methodologies and applications
  • Landscape planning and management at various scales and applications
  • Site design and construction such as grading, drainage, and circulation
  • Communication in written, verbal and visual applications
  • Plants and ecosystems at various scales and situations
  • Construction materials, methods, technologies and applications
  • Professional practice methods, values, and ethics
  • Computing applications and other advanced technology

Learn about the benefits of attending an accredited degree program and how it affects your time to becoming a licensed landscape architect here!

Graduate Program
Find more detailed information and typical 3 Year and 2 Year curricula on the following PDF files: (MLA PDF) Fill out a request form or contact us to learn more! Also, please view our MLA admissions page to learn more about applying.

Typical 3 Year Curriclum (see MLA PDF for the 2 and 3 Year Curriculum)    

1st Semester - Fall Term
Course
 
Cr
Description/ Public Access Web
LARC450
LARC620
LARC640
PLSC253*
 
3
3
5   3
Environmental Resources
Graphic Tools for Landscape Representation
Graduate Studio I
Woody Plant Materials I
2nd Semester - Spring Term
LARC621
LARC641
LARC663
LARC720
PLSC254*
 
3
5
3
3
3
Digital Mapping and Drawing
Graduate Studio II
Landscape and Garden History
Environmental Analysis and Site Engineering
Woody Plant Materials II
*Remedial requirements: Students may take remedial courses prior to application to the program. Remedial courses may also be taken in the Second year of Study.
 
3rd Semester - Fall Term
LARC670
LARC721
 
5
3
3
Graduate Studio III
LARC Theory/ Criticism
Landscape Const. Methods / Materials
4th Semester - Spring Term
LARC648
LARC660
LARC671
Elective
 
5
3
3
3
Graduate Studio IV
Landscape and Identity
Landscape Arch. Research Methods
Specialization Elective
5th Semester - Fall Term
LARC420 LARC748 Elective
 
3
5
3
Professional Practice
Graduate Studio V
Specialization Elective
6th Semester - Spring Term
LARC799 Elective
 
6
3
Master's Thesis Research or Creative Project
Specialization Elective
Typical 2 Year Curriclum (see MLA PDF for the 2 and 3 Year Curriculum) 
1st Semester - Fall Term
LARC642
LARC670
Elective
 
5
3
3
Graduate Studio I
LARC Theory/ Criticism
Specialization Elective
2nd Semester - Spring Term
LARC648
LARC660
LARC671
 
5
3
3
Graduate Studio II
Landscape and Identity
Landscape Arch. Research Methods
3rd Semester - Fall Term
LARC748 Elective
 
5
3
Graduate Studio III
Specialization Elective
4th Semester - Spring Term
LARC799 Elective
 
6
3
Master's Thesis Research or Creative Project
Specialization Elective

Faculty

For more information on the faculty that teach in this program, please click on the name below. You may also visit http://www.larch.umd.edu/people.

 

 

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Other helpful links:
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