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Landscape Architecture M.L.A.

Landscape Architecture
College of Design
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Department of Landscape Architecture, 144 Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-6860)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 58 to 89
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Landscape Architecture
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of landscape architecture (MLA) is a first-professional degree required for students who wish to become licensed professional landscape architects. The program is accredited by the national Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). The curriculum introduces students to the practice and discipline of landscape architecture, providing them with the artistic, technical, cognitive, and communication skills, in addition to the scientific and aesthetic knowledge, necessary to practice in the profession and in related environmental fields. Students are encouraged to select from electives offered to develop a special focus or to explore more areas in depth. The MLA program (MLA I) is a three-year, 89-credit degree. Coursework exposes students to the broad field of landscape architecture as both a discipline and a profession. Classes are collaborative in nature and challenge students to delve into landscape issues that cut across multiple systems and scales. Because the core of the curriculum is six design studios, organized in a sequential framework, a commitment to three successive years in the program is essential Applicants with accredited professional baccalaureate degrees in landscape architecture or architecture may be considered for the advanced-standing MLA degree (MLA II). The MLA II requires at least 58 credits of design studio, research methods, and elective courses.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
MLA program applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree.
Special Application Requirements:
Students are admitted for fall semester only. MLA program applicants must apply by January 15, for entry the following fall, to receive first consideration for admission, fellowships, and assistantships. In addition to the University’s admission requirements, applicants must submit an electronic portfolio in 8.5 x 11 PDF format. GRE scores are not required; however, they can be helpful to applicants seeking national fellowships such as the Fulbright Scholarship. Please refer to the MLA website for detailed information regarding department specific application requirements and procedures, including a downloadable checklist, at http://landarch.design.umn.edu/prog/index.html.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 86
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 52 to 83 major credits and 6 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: See department for more details.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Core Coursework
All MLA students must take the following courses for a total of 36 credits:
LA 5131 - Geospatial Data Analysis and Design (3.0 cr)
LA 5202 - Landscape Analysis Workshop (1.0 cr)
LA 8201 - Designing Landscapes for Dwelling and Settlement (6.0 cr)
LA 8773 - Landscape Infrastructure and Systems III (3.0 cr)
LA 8206 - Making Urban Landscape Space (6.0 cr)
LA 8301 - Landscape Architecture: Research Issues and Methods (3.0 cr)
LA 8554 - Project Programming (2.0 cr)
LA 8774 - Landscape Infrastructure and Systems IV (3.0 cr)
LA 8302 - Professional Practice (3.0 cr)
LA 8555 - Advanced Landscape Planning and Design (6.0 cr)
Outside Coursework
All MLA students must take at least 6 credits outside landscape architecture, in consultation with their advisor.
MLA I and MLA II Program Options
MLA I Requirements
Additional Course Requirements
MLA I students must take the following courses for 32 credits:
LA 5201 - Making Landscape Spaces and Types (6.0 cr)
LA 5376 - Representation I (4.0 cr)
LA 5413 - Introduction to Landscape Architectural History (3.0 cr)
LA 5771 - Landscape Infrastructure and Systems I (3.0 cr)
LA 5203 - Ecological Dimensions of Space Making (6.0 cr)
LA 5204 - Metropolitan Landscape Ecology (3.0 cr)
LA 5377 - Representation II (4.0 cr)
LA 5772 - Landscape Infrastructure Systems II (3.0 cr)
MLA I students may participate in the Cities on the Water study abroad option, with the approval of their advisor and the director of graduate studies. Students choosing the study abroad option take 8 credits of LA 8207, 4 credits of LA 8411, and 3 credits of LA 5405 for a total of 15 credits. Students who do not choose the study abroad option take LA 8205 for 6 credits plus 9 credits of electives for a total of 15 credits.
LA 8207 - Cities on Water International Workshop (4.0-8.0 cr)
LA 8411 - The foundational studio course on international applications of sustainable design in urban Europe. (2.0-8.0 cr)
LA 5405 - Interdisciplinary Studies in Landscape Architecture (1.0-6.0 cr)
or LA 8205 - Urban Form Options: Landscape Architecture Studio (6.0 cr)
Landscape Architecture Electives
MLA I students not choosing to study abroad take at least 9 elective credits. Credits are selected in consultation with the advisor.
LA 5xxx
LA 8xxx
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MLA II Requirements
MLA II students may participate in the Cities on the Water study abroad option, with the approval of their advisor and the director of graduate studies. Students choosing the study abroad option take 8 credits of LA 8207, 4 credits of LA 8411 and 3 credits of LA 5405 for a total of 15 credits; those not choosing to study abroad take 6 credits of LA 8205, 4 credits of LA 5377 and 6 credits of electives for a total of 16 credits.
LA 8207 - Cities on Water International Workshop (4.0-8.0 cr)
LA 8411 - The foundational studio course on international applications of sustainable design in urban Europe. (2.0-8.0 cr)
LA 5405 - Interdisciplinary Studies in Landscape Architecture (1.0-6.0 cr)
or LA 8205 - Urban Form Options: Landscape Architecture Studio (6.0 cr)
LA 5377 - Representation II (4.0 cr)
Landscape Architecture Electives
MLA II students not choosing to study abroad take at least 6 elective credits. Credits are selected in consultation with the advisor.
LA 5xxx
LA 8xxx
 
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LA 5131 - Geospatial Data Analysis and Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to geospatial data analysis/application in landscape architectural, environmental design research/practice. prereq: Master of Landscape Architecture Student or instr consent
LA 5202 - Landscape Analysis Workshop
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to field techniques for site analysis, including vegetation, soil, and landform description. One-week session, before fall term, at lake Itasca Forestry and Biological Station.
LA 8201 - Designing Landscapes for Dwelling and Settlement
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Professional design studio. Hypothetical projects include development of schematic master plans for site layout, grading, and planting. Design for residential, commercial, and civic uses with attention to zoning and other controls, environmental quality, human behavior, markets, project finance, and technics. Requires concurrent registration in LA 8202. prereq: 5203, 5571, grad LA major, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 8202 or instr consent
LA 8773 - Landscape Infrastructure and Systems III
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Third course in landscape infrastructure/systems sequence that introduces technical skills required to work/obtain professional licensure as landscape architect. Programming, qualitative/quantitative performance of constructed hydrologic systems, planting design, representation of constructed systems, paving systems for hydrologic control. prereq: Master of Landscape Architecture Student or instr consent
LA 8206 - Making Urban Landscape Space
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Studio course focusing on the restoration and reuse of urban brownfield (former industrial) sites. Biological and mechanical remediation processes and the development of hard and soft site infrastructures to deal with storm water, energy generation, and the handling of waste. Re-design sites in terms of new uses and economies, and to re-integrate sites into existing and future urban systems of transportation. prereq: MLA grad student
LA 8301 - Landscape Architecture: Research Issues and Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Alternative methodological approaches to landscape architectural research and consideration of their appropriateness for contemporary research topics. prereq: 8201 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 8201, grad LA major or instr consent
LA 8554 - Project Programming
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Individual research in preparation for final studio. prereq: 8203, [grad land arch major or instr consent]
LA 8774 - Landscape Infrastructure and Systems IV
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fourth course in landscape infrastructure/systems sequence that introduces students to technical skills required to work/obtain professional licensure as landscape architect. Use/implementation of complex constructed assemblies in urban context. prereq: Master of Landscape Architecture Student or instr consent
LA 8302 - Professional Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Office and project management case studies. Organizational behavior, marketing, sales, strategic planning, financial and cost accounting, insurance, legal issues and contracts. prereq: 8205, grad LA major or instr consent
LA 8555 - Advanced Landscape Planning and Design
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced studies in area of student's choice. prereq: 8205, grad land arch major or instr consent
LA 5201 - Making Landscape Spaces and Types
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Design exploration using 3-D models and historical precedent studies to create outdoor spaces for human habitation and use. Application of the basic landscape palette of landform, plants, and structures to give physical, emotional, cognitive, and social definition to created places. prereq: B.E.D accelerated status or LA grad or instr consent
LA 5376 - Representation I
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02042
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Strengthen freehand sketching ability. Develop observation skills. Develop ability to communicate ideas clearly through visual expression. Learn/explore conventions of landscape architectural drawing. Basic tools/techniques associated with Adobe Photoshop CS6. Promote fluidity between analog/digital media. Create drawing personality/graphic style. prereq: Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) or Accelerated Bachelor of Environmental Design.
LA 5413 - Introduction to Landscape Architectural History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02160
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introductory course examines the multiple roots of landscape architecture by examining the making of types of landscapes over time. Emphasis on ecological and environmental issues, and issues related to political, economic, and social contexts of landscape architectural works. prereq: One course in history at 1xxx or higher
LA 5771 - Landscape Infrastructure and Systems I
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic principles, techniques, skills of creating infrastructures of built landscapes. Basic concepts of simple plant taxonomy, plant community structure, earthwork, water management, landscape structures. Small site scale design development. prereq: Master of Landscape Architecture Student, [Accelerated Track B.E.D or instr consent]
LA 5203 - Ecological Dimensions of Space Making
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Design studio experience drawing on ecological, cultural, aesthetic influences to explore development of design ideas responsive to ecological issues and human experience. prereq: LA major or instr consent; recommended for both BED and Grad students
LA 5204 - Metropolitan Landscape Ecology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/principles of holistic landscape ecology. People, nature, and environmental stewardship in metropolitan landscapes. Urban areas, rural areas that provide food, water, energy, and recreation. prereq: BED accelerated status or LA grad student or instr consent
LA 5377 - Representation II
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01043 - Arch 5372/LA 5372/LA 5375/LA 5
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore multi-media rendering techniques. Increase knowledge of art materials/graphic programs. Increase hand-drawing ability. Color theory, contemporary graphic styles. Layout, grid systems/type. Increase speed of drawing/producing renderings. Create or strengthen graphic style. prereq: Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) or Accelerated Bachelor of Environmental Design
LA 5772 - Landscape Infrastructure Systems II
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles, techniques, skills of creating ecological infrastructures of built landscapes systems. Builds on basic concepts taught in LA 5771. Focuses on ecological connections among plants, landscape structure, earthwork techniques, water management, landscape structural systems. prereq: Master of Landscape Architecture Student, [Accelerated BED Student or instr consent]
LA 8207 - Cities on Water International Workshop
Credits: 4.0 -8.0 [max 16.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01998
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intensive studio course on international applications of sustainable urban design. prereq: Grad LA or ARCH major or instr consent
LA 8411 - The foundational studio course on international applications of sustainable design in urban Europe.
Credits: 2.0 -8.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Design preparation for restoration/reuse of abandoned sites in urban/exurban areas reclaimed from/influenced by saltwater coastal environments. prereq: Grad LA or ARCH major or instr consent
LA 5405 - Interdisciplinary Studies in Landscape Architecture
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research, planning, or design projects. Topics vary. prereq: instr consent
LA 8205 - Urban Form Options: Landscape Architecture Studio
Credits: 6.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Urban landscape design issues, theories, and problems explored via formal/spatial inquiry in studio, reading, and the exposition of ideas in paired seminar. Urban systems, gathering spaces, ecology, infrastructure, recreation, and public space. prereq: 2 yrs of studio, grad LA major or instr consent
LA 8207 - Cities on Water International Workshop
Credits: 4.0 -8.0 [max 16.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01998
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Intensive studio course on international applications of sustainable urban design. prereq: Grad LA or ARCH major or instr consent
LA 8411 - The foundational studio course on international applications of sustainable design in urban Europe.
Credits: 2.0 -8.0 [max 16.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Design preparation for restoration/reuse of abandoned sites in urban/exurban areas reclaimed from/influenced by saltwater coastal environments. prereq: Grad LA or ARCH major or instr consent
LA 5405 - Interdisciplinary Studies in Landscape Architecture
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research, planning, or design projects. Topics vary. prereq: instr consent
LA 8205 - Urban Form Options: Landscape Architecture Studio
Credits: 6.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Urban landscape design issues, theories, and problems explored via formal/spatial inquiry in studio, reading, and the exposition of ideas in paired seminar. Urban systems, gathering spaces, ecology, infrastructure, recreation, and public space. prereq: 2 yrs of studio, grad LA major or instr consent
LA 5377 - Representation II
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01043 - Arch 5372/LA 5372/LA 5375/LA 5
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore multi-media rendering techniques. Increase knowledge of art materials/graphic programs. Increase hand-drawing ability. Color theory, contemporary graphic styles. Layout, grid systems/type. Increase speed of drawing/producing renderings. Create or strengthen graphic style. prereq: Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) or Accelerated Bachelor of Environmental Design