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M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture

Nationally recognized professional education.

The professional M.L.A. program at Penn State equips students with the techniques, principles, histories, theories, and technologies to become leaders in the profession of landscape architecture.


Program Application Deadline
The deadline for applications for AY 2023–24 is January 15, 2023.

To be assured full consideration, please apply by this deadline. Review individual program descriptions for details on program and admission requirements.


Earn a Master of Landscape Architecture at Penn State

Our mission is to do inspired work grounded in environmental and social good. Are you ready to join us?

The M.L.A. at Penn State provides real professional skills that prepare our graduates for real professional practice from the first day. The combination of a professional education from one of the top programs in the country with experience in research at a Tier-1 research institution means that you will be ready to hit the ground running upon graduation. This dual curriculum approach provides a strong foundation whatever your career aspirations: traditional professional practice, conducting research in a professional office, or teaching at a college of university.

Our M.L.A. degree is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) and graduates are eligible to sit for the professional license exam (Landscape Architecture Registration Exam).

For those who already hold a B.L.A., the M.L.A. offers a curricular opportunity to turbocharge your professional skills by earning a certificate in Geodesign. Learn more.

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies.

To be admitted to the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • For admission to the M.L.A. program, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from any discipline prior to entry into the M.L.A. program.
  • For admission to the M.S. in Landscape Architecture, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture or a closely related discipline.

All submissions for admission must include:

Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), or from a comparable substitute examination, are required for admission.

Students with a 3.00 junior/senior average (on a 4.00 scale) will be considered for admission. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces available for new students. Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests, at the discretion of the program.

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. English proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) may be required for international applicants. See GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

 

https://bulletins.psu.edu/graduate/programs/majors/landscape-architecture/#admissionrequirementstext

Degree Requirements

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Landscape Architecture (LARCH) Course List

 

https://bulletins.psu.edu/graduate/programs/majors/landscape-architecture/#coursestext

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Is the M.L.A. right for you?

Our competitive, rewarding, and highly ranked program is designed for students seeking professional training in landscape architecture.

The M.L.A. is open to a diverse array of starting points, including:

  • Change-of-career students, new to design, who seek an accredited, professional education that prepares them to enter the practice of landscape architecture; for these students, time to degree is typically three years.
  • Students who already hold a non-accredited design degree and seek an accredited, professional education that prepares them to enter the field of landscape architecture; for these students, time to degree is typically two and one-half years.
  • Students who already hold an accredited bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and seek advanced breadth/depth of expertise; for these students, time to degree is typically two years.

Within our inspiring, LEED Gold-rated building, students have access to a specialized Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, 24-hour access to our own cutting-edge computer studios, as well as a permanent studio desk for each student. All of this plus the additional benefits of attending a Tier 1 research institution.


Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map. (Available July 2020.)

Two students discussing a landscape architecture design project pinned up on wall for review.

Considering the M.L.A.? Consider this.

Our M.L.A. program is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by DesignIntelligence.

  • Our MLA develops creative insight and the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in practice.

  • You can customize your curriculum with geodesign, education abroad, and other opportunities.

  • Our faculty members are truly student-focused; you’ll get to know them well as mentors and colleagues.

  • Our collegial learning community fosters essential critical inquiry and confidence in our students.

  • Our close-knit community of 200 within a large university provides intimate yet vast opportunities.

M.L.A. Students

Students currently enrolled in the M.L.A. program.

Current Cohort

Jonathan Berlin

Jonathan Berlin

jjb7274@psu.edu


Saman Ebrahimi

ske5291@psu.edu


Keith Faminiano

Keith Faminiano

kff5223@psu.edu


Trinity Farrare

tuf40@psu.edu


Nina Flores

Nina Flores

clf5523@psu.edu


Sarah Gaffney

smg5395@psu.edu


Samual Hunter

swh5679@psu.edu


Andrew Kuka

Andrew Kuka

atk5340@psu.edu


Pegah Mombeini

pmm5990@psu.edu


Somdeep Nandy

Somdeep Nandy

szn5411@psu.edu


Mohammad Rezvan

Mohammad Rezvan

mfr5731@psu.edu


Jingkun Zhang

jjz5374@psu.edu

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Guides + Resources

Level Up

Enhance your education by getting involved.

Research Centers and Initiatives
Stuckeman Center for Design Computing

A collaborative research and teaching studio-lab focused on developing and testing innovative computational design techniques.

Hamer Center for Community Design

The Hamer Center explores three key topical areas: design/build, community-based research, and public interest design.

E plus D (Ecology + Design)

A collaborative of designers and ecologists who undertake research activated design intervention that improves the ecological health of the designed world.

Assistantships and Fellowship Opportunities

Awarded as available on a competitive, semester-by-semester basis.

RAs are frequently available from our research centers or individual faculty on a competitive basis, as are grants-in-aid and graduate fellowships.

Fellowship opportunities exist both within Penn State and through external funding agencies.

Student Organizations
Landscape Architecture Student Society (LASS)

Focused on advancing the future of design within the community and the profession.

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

Student branch of the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)

Officially recognized by the University as the collective voice of the graduate and professional student body.

Alumni Spotlight

Demetrios Staurinos

Alumni Spotlight

Demetrios Staurinos

B.L.A. in Landscape Architecture 2002

Demetrios Staurinos, RLA, ASLA, is an associate at OLIN, a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm with studios in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Demetrios has received awards from, among others, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, and the American Institute of Architects and American Public Works Association. He is driven to improve the built environment by embellishing the “happy accidents” that occur when a thoughtful design meets the playful interactions of daily life.

Overhead view of people walking on pathway through landscape architecture design by Demetrios Staurinos.
Overhead view of riparian landscape architecture design by Demetrios Staurinos.
Large group of people enjoying a sunset gathering in an urban landscape architecture design by Demetrios Staurinos.

M.L.A. national rank

7th

Become a steward of the environment. Earn your professional degree from the program that captured 7th overall in the 2019-20 DesignIntelligence Master of Landscape Architecture program rankings.

Faculty Spotlight

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Marriott was featured on the “10 Streets That Changed America” episode of the PBS heritage program "10 That Changed America."

Paul Daniel Marriott

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Paul Daniel Marriott is national leader in historic preservation and a global expert in historic roads. As a licensed landscape architect, he has advanced heritage recognition and planning policy for cultural landscapes around the world. His views on heritage and preservation have been featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio and Radio National in Australia. He serves on the advisory board for the PBS heritage program “10 That Changed America” and was featured on the “10 Streets That Changed America” episode. His research was featured at the “Repton Revived” exhibition at the Garden Museum (London) in 2018 and he was invited to present on the history of scenic roads in the Highlands at the National Library of Scotland in 2019.

Portrait of Paul Daniel Marriott

News from A&A

Work from Computational Textiles Lab researchers on international display

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Projects developed by Felecia Davis, associate professor of architecture in the College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School, and student researchers in her Computational Textiles Lab


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Stuckeman School to virtually host UK architecture startup co-founders

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. —  The College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School will host Mollie Claypool and Gilles Restin, co-founders of Automated Architecture Ltd (AUAR), a design and technology company


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Exhibit visualizing sustainability research and crises on display this week

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. —  A Penn State exhibit that highlights the collaboration between the Department of Graphic Design in the College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School and the Sustainability


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