Arizona State University

Landscape Architecture

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ASU's Master's in Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a studio-based graduate degree. Foundation professional skills prepare the student for practice and advanced graduate coursework develops the maturity and leadership necessary for students to grow into design managers and visionaries. Graduates are prepared to practice in private firms or public agencies as well as in university teaching and research. The MLA is part of the Design School, allowing students to pursue concurrent degrees with other design disciplines (i.e. architecture, industrial design, interior design, urban design, and visual communication). The MLA has a unique focus on arid region urban landscapes that emphasizes water conservation and sustainable water management design strategies. It also focuses on arid region urban ecological design that integrates urban ecology, urban development, and infrastructure with the goal of creating sustainable and resilient cities. Finally, the program incorporates a global perspective on landscape architecture through extensive interaction with other universities and agencies in Mexico (particularly on border landscapes) and abroad. This is reinforced through an international studio for all students in the final year of their program.

The MLA curriculum features core professional studio courses that cover landscape architectural design fundamentals, site analysis, site planning and design, design programming, design communications and representation (graphics). It then moves into advanced issues in community and urban design, and regional landscape systems. The studio courses are complemented by professional courses in natural factors, plant materials, landscape architecture history and theory, landscape architectural construction and technical systems, computer applications and landscape architectural research methods. The curriculum also offers opportunities for elective courses, permitting students to specialize and focus their studies in their areas of interest. Students complete their studies with a thesis or an independent project in their area of specialization. Incoming students with a related degree can complete the program in two years with a total of 56 credits. These include a required 3-credit internship, four 5-credit studios, ten 3-credit core courses, and one 3-credit elective. Students with an unrelated undergraduate degree must complete an additional year of preparatory classes which include three 6-credit studios and eight 3-credit core courses for a total of 98 credits.

Our 2-year programs admit for fall and the 3+ programs for summer; applications are accepted annually from September 15 to January 15. More information can be found at or by emailing

After admission to their degree program, WRGP qualified applicants may apply to the WRGP program by submitting the WICHE WRGP Application Form found at

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

The Design School
Graduate Coordinators
Corie Cisco – 480-727-7919
Jessica Vasquez – 480-965-1174

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