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Master in Landscape Architecture II (MLA II)
Post-Professional Degree

The two-year, post‐professional Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA II) degree program is for those who hold an undergraduate professional landscape architecture degree or its equivalent. The MLA II augments that professional preparation with a particular emphasis on the design of the built environment at the intersection of urbanization and ecology, providing those who have already demonstrated professional competence with the opportunity to advance their critical, theoretical, representational, and technical skills through design.

The program of study for the MLA II includes a strong one semester core curriculum that includes studio and courses in representation, theories of urbanism, and a pro-seminar on current topics in the discipline of landscape architecture. The remaining three semesters offer a flexible academic path that allows students to engage in advanced studios and elective courses across all three GSD departments and the university. The curricular structure encourages advanced individual and collective research and the possibility to develop an elective thesis in the final semester.

A candidate will be recommended for the Master in Landscape Architecture as a post-professional degree upon satisfactory completion of 80 units in the following course of study:

First 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 9641 MLA Proseminar

Second Term
8 units Studio Option*
4 units GSD 3242 Theories of Landscape Architecture
8 units electives

Third Term
8 units Studio Option*
12 units electives
8 units Studio Option
4 units GSD 9341 Preparation of Design Thesis Proposal
8 units electives

Fourth Term
8 units Studio Option*
12 units electives
12 units GSD 9342 Design Thesis in Landscape Architecture
8 units Electives

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

** The Graduate School of Design offers a week-long pre-semester Digital Media Skills Workshop which is required for all entering Master in Landscape Architecture II students. The workshop is integrated with the fall core design studio and is intended to give students the necessary preparation and knowledge of the workflows and digital techniques used in the context of studio: 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.

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