College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Landscape Architecture

Maryland Landscape Architecture

Green Infrastructure, Ecological Urbanism, and Urban Agriculture: what do these topics have in common? These and more are all topics that we are exploring at University of Maryland Landscape Architecture.

Welcome to University of Maryland Landscape Architecture, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture. We offer an accredited undergraduate four-year curriculum leading to the professional Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree and both a two-year and a three-year Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) accredited degree. Both BLA and MLA degrees meet the academic requirements for licensure. We are housed in the Plant Sciences Building located in the heart of the College Park campus just a thirty-minute metro ride from Washington, D.C.  And what a location  - we have ready access to award-winning landscapes, professional offices, and close proximity to landscapes and waterways that need stewardship and ecological restoration.

The faculty, involved in teaching, research, and outreach, advise each student every semester with course scheduling, curriculum requirements, and career planning. Our resources are cutting edge, from the computers and plotters of the Digital Studio, to the laser cutter for building models. We offer study abroad programs, and connections to professional internships that broaden the students' experiences beyond the classroom. Community outreach is central to the student's learning experience at Maryland. Check out our NEWS - from winning competitions, such as the National EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge, to hosting award winning landscape architects - our students, staff, and faculty are engaged in experiences that connect teaching with learning and research. We are committed to a vision of a sustainable and resilient future for the natural and cultural landscapes of Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the world. We invite individuals who aspire to be innovative designers and leaders in our discipline to join us.

Our BLA studio classes are approximately 16-18 students. Our MLA studio classes are approximately 10 - 12 students. At the University of Maryland, we offer the 2-Year Post Professional and the 3-Year First-Professional Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree. Our 2-Year students come to us with prior design education in landscape architecture or related disciplines. The 3-Year students often have no prior design training but bring to the program-and to each other-the richness of diverse undergraduate educations and work experiences. MLA students have backgrounds in a variety of disciplines. 

If you are interested in helping solve some of societies most complex environmental and ecological problems through design, planning, and stewardship, then check us out. Contact us if you would like to visit the University of Maryland campus. For BLA information, please contact Diana Cortez, Lecturer & Academic Advisor, at 301.405.4359 or

For any questions you may have, please contact us.

Go Green!

Christopher Ellis, Ph.D., PLA, ASLA
Director, University of Maryland Landscape Architecture
Associate Professor and MLA Program Chair

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