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Accreditation of MLA I Degree Program

In the United States, accreditation in Landscape Architecture is a non-governmental, voluntary system of self-regulation, and is granted through the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). Programs leading to first professional degrees at the bachelor’s or master’s levels in the United States are eligible to apply for accreditation from LAAB. LAAB is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the official accrediting body for first professional programs in landscape architecture. LAAB is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).

The Master in Landscape Architecture I and I AP programs at Harvard are accredited by the LAAB. Harvard has had an LAAB accredited program since 1929, and the next accreditation review is scheduled for Spring 2015.

Program Metrics

As an LAAB-accredited program, the GSD’s MLA maintains basic program metrics and makes them available to the public. We hope this data assists potential students in making informed application decisions.

Student Achievement

A number of prizes, fellowships and awards are available to MLA graduates every year to assist them with travel and research costs. These include the Penny White Project Fund, established in memory of a former MLA student, which is designed to fund student projects that emphasize the relationship between natural systems and urban change. 

Please visit the Department of Landscape Architecture’s news feed to see details about the activities and achievements of current students, alumni and faculty.

Annual Cost

Estimated tuition and fees for a full-time MLA student during the 2014-15 Academic Year are:

  • With insurance: $47,198
  • Without insurance: $43,840
  • Estimated housing costs per year: $12,632
  • Average cost of books and materials per year: $2,744

Please refer to the Office of Financial Aid for more information about financial aid and other support.

Retention and Graduation Rates

Three-Year MLA I Rates

  • 30 students graduated in the class of 2014, 100% of the entering class graduated within three years. 
  • 31 students graduated in the class of 2013, 97% of the entering class graduated within three years.
  • 14 students graduated in the class of 2012, 77% of the entering class graduated within three years.

Two-Year MLA I AP Rates

  • 24 students graduated in the class of 2014, 100% of the entering class graduated within three years. 
  • 11 students graduated in the class of 2013, 85% of the entering class graduated within three years.
  • 14 students graduated in the class of 2012, 74% of the entering class graduated within three years.
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