How to Choose an Architectural Landscaping School

Landscape architecture programs teach students how to incorporate art, science and technology to create sustainable natural and built outdoor environments, from parks to reclaimed mining sites. Students who earn a degree in this field can work in private practice or for local, state or federal government agencies.

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Architectural landscaping bachelor's and master's degree programs are available for aspiring landscape architects. Students enter programs at 4-year colleges and universities through their architecture, urban planning and environmental design departments.

10 Landscape Architecture Schools

The following 4-year schools offer landscape architecture programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016, In-state)*
Ohio State University Columbus, OH 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $10,037 (Undergraduate) $12,425 (Graduate)
Texas A&M University College Station, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $10,176 (Undergraduate) $8,656 (Graduate)
California State Polytechnic Institute Pomona, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $7,016 (Undergraduate) $8,282 (Graduate)
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's $49,116 (Undergraduate) $29,581 (Graduate)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $12,485 (Undergraduate) $14,116 (Graduate)
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $9,714 (Undergraduate) $10,954 (Graduate)
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private Master's $34,268 (Graduate)
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $9,350 (Undergraduate) $9,972 (Graduate)
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,002 (Undergraduate)
University of Georgia Athens, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $11,622 (Undergraduate) $10,750 (Graduate)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should take the following into consideration when searching for a program to attend:

  • Students should consider their timeline and finances, as a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) typically takes four years while a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) generally takes five years, often requiring an internship or practicum.
  • Students interested in graduate work in the field should consider earning a bachelor's in the field first because typically students with undergraduate architecture backgrounds can complete a master's program in less time.
  • Make sure a program is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board to meet requirements and prepare for certification.
  • Students should consider what internship opportunities or other hands-on experiences a program offers.

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture

Bachelor of Science degree programs may include field study, internships or study abroad opportunities. Courses cover topics like urban design, computer modeling, landscape plants and more.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

BLA programs often have a strong focus on multicultural and international standards. These programs may offer study abroad programs in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Italy or other architecturally significant locations. Curriculum might include areas in ecology, applied engineering or architecture history.

Master of Landscape Architecture

Research and design studio courses often play an integral role in MLA programs; students might complete a design project as a thesis. Professional experience, through an internship or a practicum, is the other key component. Courses explore site development, design communications and diversity in landscape architecture, amongst other things.

Landscape architecture programs are available at the bachelor's and master's degree levels through several public and private institutions. Before settling on a school to attend, students should consider program accreditation and their career goals to find the degree that best suits their needs.

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