The graduate program in Landscape Architecture at UVA challenges students to imagine new landscape systems through rigorous research, design speculation, and the deployment of nascent technologies. We are committed to preparing our graduates to be critical thinkers and global citizens to form a more inclusive and resilient world while shaping the next generation of landscape practice.
Our graduate program is comprised of students coming from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, both with and without prior studies in landscape architecture.
Our students are encouraged to shape their own individual educational trajectories by integrating their design or non-design undergraduate backgrounds, intellectual interests, and skills into their graduate studies in landscape architecture. This fosters a rich and diverse thinking community united around a common interest to create yet-unimagined and powerful propositions for a resilient built environment.
The Master in Landscape Architecture program is accredited by the National Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). The program received its last six-year term of accreditation in October 2011 and will undergo review again in spring 2018.
PATH 3.0: 97 CREDITS
The Path 3.0 Master of Landscape Architecture is a 3-year graduate professional degree with a minimum of 97 credits.
PATH 2.5: 78 CREDITS
The Path 2.5 Master of Landscape Architecture is a 2.5-year graduate professional degree with a minimum of 78 credits.
PATH 2.0: 61-62 CREDITS
The Path 2.0 Master of Landscape Architecture is a 2-year graduate professional degree with a minimum of 61 or 62 credits.
Our curriculum is a structured series of semesters that build incrementally from a core base of knowledge and skills laid out in the first year. While the first year is fully prescribed in its course requirements, later semesters leave elective options that allow students to pursue their own individual interests that can lead to a final independent design research studio.
The core of each semester is the design studio (6 credit hours). The studio sequence exposes students to the range of scales and topical issues in landscape architecture. Supporting the design studios, we have developed four tracks of curricula in related technical and theoretical content. These courses focus on a range of design tools, from computation to fabrication; innovative technologies; the art and science of plants; and histories and theories of landscape architecture.
Advanced studios may be developed around interdisciplinary content and processes, enriching the students' experiences through diverse expertise and perspectives.
Students follow different curricular paths based on prior undergraduate study. There are four paths for earning a Master of Landscape Architecture at UVA. Details can be found in the next section.
Students follow different curricular paths based on prior undergraduate study. There are four paths for earning a Master of Landscape Architecture at UVA.
MLA PATH 3.0
This path is designed for a student who holds a non-design undergraduate degree and whose educational background is not in landscape architecture or student without a pre-professional undergraduate landscape architecture degree. The Master of Landscape Architecture Path 3.0 program allows students with undergraduate accredited degrees in any non-design field to obtain a professional degree in landscape architecture. The curriculum follows a prescribed core of foundational courses carried out in three years and begins with our introductory Summer Design Institute (SDI).
MLA PATH 2.5
This path is for students with pre-professional undergraduate landscape architecture degrees: Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture or Environmental Design. It is also designed for students holding degrees in landscape architecture from programs outside the U.S. that are not U.S. professionally-accredited programs. The MLA Path 2.5 program is a five semester program for those with a design background in a program that has not been U.S. accredited.
MLA PATH 2.0 ADVANCED
This path is designed for students with a Bachelor Landscape Architecture degree. The Master of Landscape Architecture Path 2.0 Advanced program allows students with a landscape architecture undergraduate degree from a U.S. accredited program to earn an MLA degree in landscape architecture in four semesters.
MLA PATH 2.0
This path is for students holding a U.S.-accredited Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree. The MLA Path 2.0 program is an intensive two-year/four-semester immersion in the core theory and practical knowledge of the landscape architecture profession for students with architecture undergraduate degree backgrounds. Each semester’s focuses around a design studio with a full complement of supporting landscape history, theory, plants, visualization, and ecology/technology courses.
Use the Pathfinder Form in the link below to find your Path.
The multi-disciplinary ethos of the School of Architecture offers unique opportunities for students to structure and pursue dual graduate degrees. Dual degrees are offered with Architectural History, Architecture, and Urban and Environmental Planning. Pursuing a dual degree requires admission to each program, meeting the appropriate requirements. Path 2 students can expect to earn a dual degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture within three and a half academic years; Path 2.5 students within four years; and Path 3 students in four and a half academic years. Students interested in pursuing a dual degree should consult with the Graduate Program Director of each program.