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Twin Cities Campus

Landscape Architecture M.S.

Landscape Architecture
College of Design
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Contact Information
Department of Landscape Architecture, 144 Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-6860; fax: 612-625-0710)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
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 MS is for students with a clear focus in research related to landscape architecture. MS students build expertise related to the practice of landscape architecture as they learn how to conduct research. Students specialize within areas of faculty expertise, which may include art and landscape architecture, landscape ecology, landscape architectural history and theory, park and recreation design, rural and suburban landscape planning, transportation, planning of world heritage sites, and urban design.
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.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Reading Score: 6.5
    • Writing Score: 6.5
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 6 major credits, 14 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 4 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Coursework Requirements
Landscape Architecture Electives
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· LA 5xxx
· LA 8xxx
Interest Area Electives
Choose elective credits, in consultation with the advisor, from coursework outside landscape architecture.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· xxxx 5xxx
· xxxx 6xxx
· xxxx 7xxx
· xxxx 8xxx
Remaining Electives
Choose remaining credits in consultation with the advisor.
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· xxxx 5xxx
· xxxx 6xxx
· xxxx 7xxx
· xxxx 8xxx
Thesis credits
Take 10 master's thesis credits.
LA 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
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LA 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required (Plan A only)