Landscape architects design parks, gardens and plazas. They work with engineers and building designers to plan the location of buildings, roads and other elements of the site. A Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA) may be completed in 1-3 years. The extent of required coursework usually depends on the student's undergraduate field of study. The schools discussed below have both been recognized among national universities as well as for their landscape architecture programs.
1. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA
|School Highlight: In addition to the standard MLA, Harvard's Graduate School of Design also offers an advanced MLA for individuals with a professional degree in architecture, an MLA post-professional degree, and a Master of Landscape Architecture and Urban Studies.|
Harvard University is the oldest postsecondary institution in the United States. The school took second place in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of the best national universities for 2015. The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program offered by the Graduate School of Design can be completed in 3-6 semesters, depending on the extent of architectural education completed during the student's undergraduate studies. In 2010, the program was ranked number one in the DesignIntelligence list of the best graduate degree programs in landscape architecture in the U.S.
2. University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA
|School Highlight: Landscape architecture students can apply for several fellowships, including the Design Education fellowship and the Architecture Thesis fellowship.|
The University of Virginia (UVA) is a public university that has received recognition from many organizations, including a second-place ranking in the 2014-2015 list of best value public colleges published by Kiplinger's. UVA also ranked 23rd among national universities on the U.S. News & World Report list published in 2015.
The School of Architecture offers an MLA program, which was named fifth-best in the 2010 DesignIntelligence ranking of national graduate programs in landscape architecture. The program offers different tracks based upon a student's previous academic experience. The timeframe for completing the program varies from three years, plus an 8-week summer session to four semesters if by a student who has previously completed an undergraduate program in landscape architecture.
Top Landscape Architecture Master's Degree Programs
|University of California, Berkeley||The school offers both a 2-year and a 3-year MLA program.||Berkeley, CA|
|University of Florida||The University offers the oldest MLA program in Florida.||Gainesville, FL|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||About 10% of all winners of the American Society of Landscape Architects Medal are graduates of Illinois.||Champaign, IL|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||U.S. News & World Report ranked the university #4 among Top Public Schools in 2015.||Ann Arbor, MI|
|University of Texas at Austin||Students in the MLA program can work from landscape architecture studios.||Austin, TX|
|University of Washington||The Department of Landscape Architecture focuses on urban ecological design and has completed projects across the world and in underserved neighborhoods in Seattle.||Seattle, WA|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||The MLA program offers tracks in community and urban landscape studies and restoration ecology and ecological design.||Madison, WI|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University||DesignIntelligence ranked the university #2 on its 2010 list of best MLA programs.||Blacksburg, VA|