Individuals who hold an accredited professional degree in architecture, or a pre-professional undergraduate degree in landscape architecture or architecture, and a strong design portfolio, may be granted advanced standing of up to two terms, completing the MLA I in two years.

Applicants who are granted advanced standing must have completed the same pre-requisites in college-level environmental science that are required for the MLA I, as well as courses that are roughly analogous to the course of study of the first year program in representation and history described in the MLA I curriculum, and demonstrate a high level of achievement in their design work. For more information, please visit the MLA Degree Requirements page.

Curriculum

A candidate will be recommended for the MLA I AP 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 6241 Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies III

Second 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 6142 Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies II
  • 4 units GSD 6242 Ecologies, Techniques, Technologies IV

Third Term

  • 8 units Option Studio**
  • 4 units GSD 4141 Histories of Landscape Architecture I
  • 4 units GSD 7241 Practices of Landscape Architecture ***
  • 4 units Distributional electives **** or electives

or

  • 8 units Option Studio**
  • 4 units GSD 4141 Histories of Landscape Architecture I
  • 4 units GSD 7241 Practices of Landscape Architecture ***
  • 4 units GSD 9341 Preparation of Design Thesis Proposal*****

Fourth Term

  • 8 units Option Studio**
  • 4 units GSD 4142 Histories of Landscape Architecture II
  • 8 units Distributional electives or electives****

or

  • 8 units GSD 9342 Design Thesis in Landscape Architecture ******
  • 4 units GSD 4142 Histories of Landscape Architecture II
  • 8 units Distributional electives **** or electives

Footnotes

* 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.

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

*** In the 2017-2018 academic year, required course GSD 7241 Practices of Landscape Architecture will be offered only in the spring term. Students should plan ahead accordingly.

**** 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.

***** For AP candidates electing thesis, GSD 9341 Preparation of Design Thesis Proposal serves as a Distributional Elective in representation, history, or theory.

****** Thesis is a 12-unit course for students who entered their program prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.

Residence

Individuals admitted with advanced standing to the MLA I AP normally begin with the third term of the program and must complete a minimum of four terms of full-time study in residence. Under special circumstances, students may receive permission to reduce their course load and extend their studies over a longer period of time.