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.