Top Landscape Architecture Schools in the U.S.

Read about degree programs in landscape architecture and the requirements to work in this field. Learn about the programs offered by three top-notch schools, and find out about other schools that provide landscape architecture education.

School Information

Each of the three highly ranked schools profiled offers undergraduate and/or graduate landscape architecture degree programs that meet licensure requirements. Students enrolled at any of these schools can also combine the professional graduate program with an urban or regional planning master's program.

1. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight:Harvard University has the oldest academic landscape architecture program in the world.

Harvard University was ranked 2nd the second best national university by U.S. News & World Report's 2015 rankings. Harvard University offers a graduate level Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning program, which is designed to prepare graduates who wish to enter teaching and advanced research careers. The school also offers Doctor of Design and Ph.D. programs that don't meet licensure requirements, but are geared toward students interested in pursuing a career in academia or research.

2. Iowa State University in Ames

School Highlight:Iowa State University's admission to BLA programs is very selective, admitting just 36 students per year.

Iowa State University offers a limited-enrollment, 5-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree program that prepares students for state licensure. The graduate degrees available include a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture intended for those pursuing research-oriented careers and a professional Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree. Graduate students can also choose to earn an MLA degree in conjunction with a Master of Community and Regional Planning.

3. Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

School Highlight:Cornell University offers the only undergraduate landscape architecture degree among Ivy League schools.

Cornell University was ranked 15th among national universities in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report. The university's Department of Landscape Architecture offers a Bachelor of Science degree designed to qualify graduates for licensure. At the graduate level, students can enroll in a standard 3-year Master of Landscape Architecture degree or an accelerated 2-year program if they have an undergraduate degree in a qualifying major. A non-professional Master of Professional Studies in Landscape Architecture can prepare students for public planning, management or academic careers.

Top Landscape Architecture Schools in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
Auburn University Curriculum in master's program includes 12-hours of studio work per week Auburn, AL
Florida International University Architectual program was ranked 11th in the nation in 2014 by Miami, FL
Kansas State University MLA program offers coursework in history and theory of landscape architecture and landscape architecture plant materials Manhattan, KS
Michigan State University 90% of program graduates find employment within 7 months of graduation East Lansing, MI
Morgan State University MLA program has urban focus Baltimore, MD
University of Oregon Offers BLA, MLA and Ph.D. programs Eugene, OR
Utah State University Undergraduate BLA students have major field trip requirement Logan, UT

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