Master of Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture at UVA develops critical perspectives on issues that affect landscapes across a broad range of scales, including issues of technology, social and environmental justice, ecology and design culture.


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 Path 3.0 Master of Landscape Architecture is a 3-year graduate professional degree with a minimum of 97 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.

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