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MASTER IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE I (MLA I)
Professional Degree

The program leading to the Master in Landscape Architecture as an accredited professional degree is intended for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree with a major other than one of the design professions. The curriculum of the three-year MLA I is rigorous and comprehensive, and prepares candidates for the full range of professional activities in landscape architecture.  A four-semester core curriculum provides a solid intellectual base of knowledge in design, history, theory, technology, ecology, representation, and professional practice. The remaining two semesters offer the opportunity to engage in advanced studios and elective courses across all GSD departments.  Particular emphasis is given to developing mastery in design in each of the six studios. For those students who want to pursue independent work, there is also the option to develop an elective design thesis in their final semester.

A candidate will be recommended for the Master in Landscape Architecture as a professional degree upon satisfactory completion of 120 units in the following course of study:

First Term
0 units GSD 1111 Pre-Term Workshop*** (August; one week)
8 units GSD 1111 Landscape Architecture I (studio)
4 units GSD 2141 Landscape Representation I
4 units GSD 4141 Histories of Landscape Architecture I
4 units GSD 6141 Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies I

Second Term
0 units GSD 1112 Pre-Term Workshop*** (January; one week)
8 units GSD 1112 Landscape Architecture II (studio)
4 units GSD 2142 Landscape Representation II
4 units GSD 4142 Histories of Landscape Architecture II
4 units GSD 6142 Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies II

Third Term
0 units GSD 1211 Pre-Term Workshop*** (August; one week)
8 units GSD 1211 Landscape Architecture III (studio)
4 units GSD 2241 Landscape Representation III
4 units GSD 3241 Theories of Landscape as Urbanism
4 units GSD 6241 Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies III

Fourth Term
0 units GSD 1212 Pre-Term Workshop*** (January; one week)
8 units GSD 1212 Landscape Architecture IV (studio)
4 units GSD 3242 Theories of Landscape Architecture
4 units GSD 6242 Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies IV
4 units Distributional electives* or electives

Fifth Term
8 units Studio Option**
4 units GSD 7241 Practices of Landscape Architecture
8 units Distributional electives* or electives
or
8 units Studio Option**
4 units GSD 7241 Practices of Landscape Architecture
4 units GSD 9341 Preparation of Design Thesis Proposal
4 units Distributional electives* or electives

Sixth Term
8 units Studio Option**
12 units Distributional electives* or electives
or
12 units GSD 9342 Design Thesis in Landscape Architecture
8 units Distributional electives* or electives

* Distributional electives must be taken from two fields of study, to be selected from a list of approved courses issued by the department each year indicated as follows: 4 units of electives in landscape architecture representation, history, or theory; and 4 units of electives in ecologies or technologies.

** A minimum of one studio option must be taken from those offered by the Department of Landscape Architecture.

*** The Graduate School of Design offers week-long pre-semester Digital Media Skills Workshops for each term of the core years (4 classes), all of which are required for all Master in Landscape Architecture students. These workshops are integrated with the design studios and are intended to give students the necessary preparation and knowledge of the workflows and digital techniques used in the context of studios: 3D software basics, rendering basics, data-transfer from 3D software, output and model building techniques using CAD/CAM facilities. The workshop will include an orientation session in the woodshop and on using laser cutters. No academic credit is given for the workshop.

Preparation for Admission
Admission with No Previous Professional Education:
Individuals who have completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in any field are eligible for admission to the first term of the professional degree program. Preference for admission is given to applicants who have completed a balanced undergraduate education that includes study in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Three college-level, semester-long courses are specifically required as prerequisites for admission to the MLA I program: one semester of environmental science; one semester of history of the built environment (this could include history of architecture, history of gardens and designed landscapes, environmental history, urban history); and at least one semester of visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics). Applicants must achieve a grade of B- or better in each of these courses. Courses in the humanities, philosophy, literature, and economics are also recommended but are not required.

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