College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Landscape Architecture

Dual MCP and MLA

LACP: Dual Masters of Community Planning (MCP) and Landscape Architecture (MLA): Landscape Architecture and Community Planning

Summary

In the Spring of 2015, the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (MAPP) and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) created a dual degree master’s program enabling graduate students to obtain both the existing Master of Community Planning (MCP) degree and the existing Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree in an integrated format. The proposed program enables graduate students interested in community planning and landscape architecture to complete these complimentary degrees by using courses in the partnering programs to satisfy specialization and elective requirements.   

The dual degree program builds on the unique strengths of faculty in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) by bringing together expertise in sustainable design, landscape performance, environmental behavior, with expertise in physical, social and economic planning. The program promotes interdisciplinary education by providing advanced knowledge of planning to landscape architecture students and advanced knowledge of landscape architecture to students in planning.

Degree Requirements and Program Features

The dual master’s program in Community Planning and Landscape Architecture (LACP) combines key elements of  the Master of Community Planning and the Master in Landscape Architecture.  Student have two options for the Landscape Architecture portion of the dual degree.  Those who did not major in landscape architecture as undergraduates will be enrolled the First MLA Professional Degree Curriculum.  Those students who already have a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture will enroll in LARC’s Post-Professional degree program.

The dual degree enables students to complete the MCP and either of the two MLA degrees in a shorter period of time that if they earned one degree first and then enrolled in the other degree program, as shown below.   

The current MCP degree requires the completion of 48 credit hours, while the current MLA degree requires 39 credits for a two-year post-professional degree and 70 credit hours (plus 6 credits at the 200 level) for a three-year first professional degree. This means that completing  both degrees separately (one after the other) would require:

  • 87 credits hours for the MCP and the 2 year MLA post-professional degree; or

  • 118 credit hours for the MCP and the 3 year MLA first professional degree.

By participating in the dual degree program, the credit hour requirements would be:

  • 60 credit hours for the MCP and the 2 year MLA post-professional degree; or

  • 91 credit hours for the MCP and the 3 year MLA first professional degree.

The reduction in total credits from 87 to 60 credits for the 2 year MLA post-professional degree and MCP is achieved by counting courses towards both programs. 12 credits of the current MLA program would be satisfied by counting URSP or RDEV as courses. 15 credits of landscape architecture courses count as electives for the Master of Community Planning degree.  This amount of double-counting for the proposed MCP/MLA program is possible because of the complimentary missions of the two underlying degrees.  The same type of double counting applies to the dual degree for students in the post-professional MLA program.

Curriculum for the LACP Dual Degree for students who majored in landscape architecture as undergraduate students (i.e. Post Professional MLA degree track for the LACP degree)

(Note that the URSP 688L-Planning Technology class would not be required for students in the joint degree because of the MLA required course LARC 620-621.)

1st Semester - Fall Term
Course   Cr Description/ Public Access Web

URSP600
URSP605
LARC642 LARC670

 

3
3
5   3

Research Design
History & Theory
Graduate Studio III
Theory & Criticism

2nd Semester - Spring Term

URSP601
URSP604
LARC648
LARC671

 

3
3
5
3

Research Methods
Planning Process
Graduate Studio IV
Research Methods
*Summer Session I 

URSP705

 

4

Comm. Plan Studio
Summer Session II
URSP706   2 Comm. Plan Studio

*(Note:  URSP 705 + URSP 706 in summer sessions are equivalent to URSP 708 offered in Fall or Spring semester)

4th Semester - Fall Term

URSP606
URSP673
LARC748

 

3
3
3

Microeconomics
Social Planning
Graduate Studio V

5th Semester - Spring Term

URSP688Z or Elective
URSP603
URSP708*
  3
 
3
Planning ... in Multicult Metrop.

Land Use Planning
Community Planning Studio
 
*If not taken over the summer.
5th Semester - Fall Term
LARC799
Elective
URSP709**
6
3
0 or 3

Thesis or Creative Project

Internship

Curriculum for the LACP Dual Degree for students who did NOT major in landscape architecture as undergraduate students (i.e. the MLA First Professional degree program)

 (Note that the URSP 688L-Planning Technology class would not be required for students in the joint degree because of the MLA required course LARC 620-621.)

1st Semester - Fall Term
Course   Cr Description/ Public Access Web
LARC450
LARC620
LARC640
URSP605
PLSC253
 
3
3
5   3
3
Environmental Resources
Graphic Tools for Landscape Representation
Graduate Studio I
History and Theory
Woody Plant Materials I (Remedial Requirement)
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 Requirement)
3rd Semester - Fall Term

URSP600
LARC642
LARC670
LARC721

 

3
5
3
3

Research Design
Graduate Studio III
Theory and Critcism
Landscape Construction

4th Semester - Spring Term
URSP601
URSP604
LARC648
LARC671
 
3
3
5
3
Research Methods
Planning Process
Graduate Studio IV
Research Methods
Summer Session I
URSP705  
4
Comm. Plan Studio
Summer Session II
URSP706   2 Comm. Plan Studio
(Note: URSP 705 + URSP 706 in summer sessions, are equivalent to URSP 708 offered in Fall or Spring semester)
5th Semester - Fall Term
LARC420
URSP606
LARC460
LARC748
 
3
3
3
5
Professional Practice
 
Microeconomics
Landscape and Identity
Graduate Studio V
6th Semester - Spring Term
URSP603
URSP688Z
URSP708
 
3
3
6
Land Use Planning
Planning in Multicult. Metrop.
Community Planning Studio
7th Semester - Fall Term
LARC799
URSP673 or Elective
URSP709
6
3
 
0 or 3
Thesis or Creative Project
Community Social Planning
 
Internship**
 

* Student will be encouraged to take remedial courses (or equivalent courses) prior to initiating the program.

** Internship requirement could be met during any summer after the second semester.  Students are not required to take the internship for course credit.

2 year MLA post-professional degree and MCP

The reduction in total credits from 87 to 60 credits for the 2 year MLA post-professional degree and MCPis achieved by counting courses towards both program.  12 credits of the current MLA program would be satisfied by counting URSP or RDEV as courses. 18 credits of landscape architecture courses count as elective credits for the MCP degree.  This amount of double-counting for the MCP/MLA program is possible because of the complimentary missions of the two underlying degrees.  

3-Year First Professional Degree Curriculum and MCP

 The reduction in total credits from 118 to 91 credits for the 3 year MLA first professional degree and MCPwould be achieved in the same was as for the 2 year MLA post-professional degree described above. 

Admissions and Retention Criteria

Prospective LACP students need to apply and be admitted independently to both the MCP and MLA programs. If a student were only accepted to one of the two programs, he or she would only be permitted to pursue that specific program. Students would also have to meet the usual progress requirements for each of the two master’s programs to remain in the joint degree program.

 Administration

 The Director of the MCP program and the Director of MLA program oversee the administration of the dual degree program.

 MCP and 2-year MLA Post-Professional degree

 MLA Requirements

6 Credits: Courses in Theory and History

Course Credits
LARC 670 Theory & Criticism    3
LARC 671 Research Methods 3

15 Credits: Courses in Studio Design and Planning                  

Course Credits
LARC 642 Graduate Studio III 5
LARC 648 Graduate Studio IV 5
LARC 748 Graduate Studio V 5

18 Credits: Courses in Electives, Independent Study and Research, with Thesis or Creative Design project

Course Credits
Elective 3
LARC 799 Thesis or Creative Project 6
(9 credits to be satisfied by URSP or RDEV)  

MCP Requirements

30 Credits in core courses in city and regional planning knowledge and skills development

 Course  Credits
URSP 600 Research Design 3
URSP 601 Research Methods 3
URSP 603 Land Use Planning  3
URSP 604 Planning Process   3
URSP 605 Planning History and Theory 3
URSP 606 Microeconomics or RDEV 688N Microeconomics 3
URSP 673 Community Social Planning, OR URSP 688Z-Planning and Design in the Multicultural Metropolis  3
URSP 708 Community Planning Studio 6
URSP 709 Field Instruction (Internship)   3
Total Credits for proposed dual LACP degree (18 Credits - Satisfied by LARC courses) 60

MCP and 3-Year MLA First Professional Degree Curriculum

MLA Requirements

12 Credits: Courses in Theory and History

Course Credits
LARC 670 Theory & Criticism 3
LARC 671 Research Methods 3
LARC 663 Landscape and Garden History 3
LARC 460 Landscape and Identity 3
25 Credits:Courses in Studio Design and Planning
Course Credits
LARC 640 Graduate Studio I 5
LARC 641 Graduate Studio II    5
LARC 642 Graduate Studio III  5
LARC 648 Graduate Studio IV   5
LARC 748 Graduate Studio V 5
15 Credits:Courses in Graphic Communication and Practice Technology
Course Credits
LARC 620 Graphic Tools  3
LARC 621 Digital Mapping & Drawing 3
LARC 720 Analysis and Site Engineering 3
LARC 721 Landscape Construction 3
LARC 420 Professional Practice 3
3 Credits:  Courses in Ecology and Plant and Soil Sciences  
 Course Credits
LARC 450 Environmental Resources  3
15 Credits:Courses in Electives, Independent Study and Research, with Thesis or Creative Design project
Course Credits
Elective 3
LARC 799 Thesis or Creative Project 6
9 credits to be satisfied by URSP or RDEV  
MCP Requirements

30 Credits: Core courses in city and regional planning knowledge and skills development

Course Credits
URSP 600 Research Design 3
URSP 601 Research Methods 3
URSP 603 Land Use Planning 3
URSP 604 Planning Process 3
URSP 605 Planning History and Theory 3
URSP 606 Microeconomics, OR                       

URSP 673Community Social Planning, OR                  

URSP 688Z-Planning and Design in the

Multicultural Metropolis
3
URSP 708 Community Planning Studio 6
URSP 709 Field Instruction (Internship) 3
9 Credits: “Specialization”- Satisfied by LARC courses 6
9 Credits: Other electives- Satisfied by LARC courses 3
Total Credits for proposed MCP and MLA 91

Apply

Application information and deadlines can be found on the Graduate School's Admissions Requirements page. The program code is: LACP.

Other helpful links:

Graduate School Catalog

Check out the MLA program Catalog Listing!

Are you a Prospective International Student?

Check out the International Student & Scholar Services website!

Ecological Analysis

Maintained by the IET Department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. © 2017. Web Accessibility