Landscaping credentials are offered by 2- and 4-year colleges and by graduate schools. In deciding what type of school to attend, students may take into consideration the level of degree they wish to obtain, length of degree program, cost and location.
10 Schools with Landscaping Programs
Listed in the chart below is information on ten schools that offer different types of landscaping programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree Levels*||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Arizona State University||Phoenix, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,158 in-state
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$2,834 in-state
|Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,037 in-state
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$6,381 in-state
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,790 in-state
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$9,806 in-state
|Texas A & M University||College Station, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$10,176 in-state
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$13,560 in-state
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, PA||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$17,514 in-state
|University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$15,054 in-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator
College Selection Criteria
If you are thinking of enrolling at a landscaping school of any kind, you should consider the following in your search process:
- Students who want to work as landscapers or horticultural workers should look for landscape technology programs, while those who want to become architects should seek out professional landscape architecture programs.
- Students interested in landscape architecture programs should look for schools with accreditation from the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).
- It can be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the state's landscape architecture licensing board.
- Students may want to find out if the school allows for specializations in particular areas of interests, such as urban, rural or environmental planning.
Associate's Degree Programs
At two-year community colleges and technical schools, it is possible to earn an associate's degree in landscape technology. These programs provide hands-on career preparation for students who are interested in becoming landscapers. Alternatively, students may pursue an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in landscape architecture, which is designed for students who want to transition to bachelor's degree programs in the field when they finish.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Aspiring landscape architects can enroll in a professional bachelor's degree program in the field. These programs take four to five years to complete and include general liberal arts courses alongside career-focused architecture training. When they finish, graduates are eligible to take the state licensure exam. Another bachelor's-level option is a minor in landscape architecture, which introduces students to the historical and theoretical aspects of the field without providing professional training or licensure preparation.
Master's Degree Programs
At the master's degree level, program format typically depends on the student's previous education. Three-year professional programs are intended to students who earned their bachelor's degree in a field other than landscape architecture; graduates are eligible for licensing and professional practice. There are also two-year programs for individuals who have already earned a bachelor's degree in the field. Some programs allow students to choose between thesis and non-thesis options.
Doctoral Degree Programs
Landscape architects who want to pursue advanced research in particular theoretical or technical aspects of the field can earn a PhD in Landscape Architecture. In addition to graduate-level coursework, students write and defend a dissertation. At some schools, students may also be required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. Upon completion, graduates most commonly find research and teaching jobs as university professors.
Landscaping degree programs are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level by schools across the country. Prospective students should make sure that the program coincides with their academic interests and career goals.