Top Landscape Architecture Schools in the U.S.

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

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Landscape architecture programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels at many top schools around the country. These schools include Harvard University, Iowa State University, Cornell University, and Auburn University.

Each of the four 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.

These schools have all been highly rated by the U.S. News and World Report.

1. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

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

Harvard University was listed as the number two 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 was ranked tied as the 51st best public school on U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list. The school offers a limited-enrollment, five-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 tied at 15th among national universities on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list. 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 the standard three-year Master of Landscape Architecture degree or an accelerated two-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.

4. Auburn University in Auburn, AL

School Highlight: Auburn University's curriculum in the master's program includes 12 hours of studio work per week. Auburn University ranked among the top 50 public schools in the country on U.S. News and World Report's 2017 list.

The school offers a master's degree program in landscape architecture. Students gain experience through field trips, and research assistantships are also available. A dual degree in landscape architecture and community planning is available.

Top Landscape Architecture Schools in the U.S.

Landscape architecture programs can also be found at the following top schools:

School Name Distinction Location
Florida International University The School of Architecture offers a master's program to undergraduate students Miami, FL
Kansas State University MLA program that offers coursework in history and theory of landscape architecture and landscape architecture plant materials Manhattan, KS
Michigan State University Offers an integrated study abroad program to students in the BLA and dual BLA/MED programs East Lansing, MI
Morgan State University MLA program has an 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 for undergraduate BLA students Logan, UT

When choosing a landscape architecture school, students may keep in mind a school's ranking and what options and opportunities are offered. These include research assistantship, study abroad programs, and dual degree options.

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