Our undergraduate students in Landscape Design and Planning [LDP] prepare to follow a variety of career trajectories in the public and private sectors or to go on to graduate and professional studies in fields like landscape architecture, planning, urban design, architecture, and public policy. They understand landscapes at scales ranging from the garden and park to the city and region.
Courses include traditional lectures and seminars, as well as design studios, where students apply newly acquired skills in a workshop setting. Our faculty brings their research and practice experience into the classroom and encourages students to share their own vision of how landscape design and planning practice can change the world for the better.
Students learn as much outside the classroom as inside the classroom and take advantage of our location in a design-rich urban region. Students can also take advantage of our interdisciplinary study abroad program in Rome and Istanbul in their junior or senior years to add a global perspective to their work.
We also have one of the largest student-practitioner mentoring programs of any North American design college, which underscores the strong ties between the college and talented local practitioners—many of whom teach as adjunct faculty.
The Department of Landscape Architecture offers an accelerated degree option through the LDP program. This option admits a limited number of students each year and allows qualified students to complete the LDP and MLA in six years rather than seven years.
Applicants for accelerated status must complete the first three years of their LDP degree requirements (see recommended degree plan) before beginning their senior year. Students then complete the first year of the MLA professional program in their undergraduate senior year. These courses carry upper division credit and satisfy senior year LDP requirements.
Separate requirements, such as letters of recommendation, a letter of interest, portfolio, and other documents, must be submitted in January of the year that students are seeking admission to the graduate program. LDP graduates who have completed the accelerated status option and apply to the MLA professional degree program will receive advanced standing in the MLA program upon acceptance by the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Graduate School.
Accelerated status is granted on a competitive basis
Deadline for applications is 15 January.
Acceptance letters are sent 15 April.
The three-year Master of Landscape Architecture [MLA I] is an accredited first professional degree for students who wish to become licensed landscape architects. The program introduces students to the practice and discipline of landscape architecture, providing them with the ecological, artistic, technical, and communication skills necessary to practice in the profession and in other environmental fields.
The two-year Master of Landscape Architecture [MLA II] is designed for students who already possess an accredited undergraduate degree in landscape architecture. The MLA II advances students' knowledge in practice and discipline of landscape architecture, providing them with the ecological, artistic, technical, and communication skills necessary to excel in the profession and in other environmental fields.
In the program, students work on sites at increasingly larger scales and levels of complexity and explore new technical skills and knowledge through their design solutions. Students have the option of studying abroad in the Cities on Water program that addresses issues of water and global climate change in the Netherlands and Istanbul. In the final studio, students pursue independent design projects defined their interests and passions.
Programs that are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) are required to provide reliable information to the public. Programs must report on accreditation status and performance. This information is to help potential students make informed decisions. Contact the Director of Graduate Admissions with any questions relating to our graduate programs.
Deadline for applications is 15 January.
Most applicants receive an admissions decision 4-6 weeks after the application deadline. Applicants will be notified of the decision by email as soon as they are available. If you have been offered admission, please accept or decline the offer by April 15.
The University of Minnesota offers the Master of Science in Landscape Architecture MSLA. The MSLA is a one-year specialized graduate degree offered to students interested in landscape architecture as a scholarly discipline. The degree is open to students who hold an undergraduate degree in a related field, as well as to those who hold a BLA or MLA. This degree is for advanced study and research in the discipline and is not an accredited degree.
The MSLA provides opportunities for students conducting specialized research in landscape architecture to work directly with faculty. The MSLA requires a minimum of one year of full-time graduate study (30 credits minimum):
thesis (10 credits)
departmental courses (6 credits)
non-departmental courses in area of interest (6 credits)
university electives (8 credits)
Several students in the MLA program have chosen to pursue the MSLA as an additional degree during their studies at the University of Minnesota. Students may have a maximum of 8 credits in common between the two master’s degrees.
MSLA Degree Requirements: Undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture or related discipline.
30 graduate level credits.
The Landscape Design and Planning minor exposes students to the principles behind the creation of livable communities that sustain ecological function, fulfill human aspirations for community development, public health, and safety, and are artistically evocative and meaningful. Courses in design and planning introduce students to the history, theory, and practice of landscape design and planning at various geographic scales and in diverse settings.
The minor requires a minimum of 21 credits to be taken from selected courses within the Department and other subject areas.
Apply online for the minor.
Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA.
If you have questions about the minor and would like to speak to an adviser, complete the online application and include your questions in the final comment box. An adviser will contact you.
This minor requires a minimum of 21 credits.
All coursework must be must be taken on the A/F grade base and must be completed with a C- or better. No more than 3 courses taken for a major degree may be applied toward the requirements of the minor. Elective courses must be approved by the minor adviser. Transfer coursework must be approved by the minor adviser. A maximum of 9 transfer credits may be used toward the minor.
Restoration, conservation, and ecological design projects have become an increasingly important component of the practice of landscape architecture and natural resource management. It is critical for those students interested in the design and management of natural lands, water management landscapes, landscape reclamation, and other restoration project types to gain exposure to the issues associated with ecological restoration projects. This minor focuses on the applied practice of restoration with an emphasis on restoration management and design and the skills needed to lead successful projects.
Students enrolled in a Master's Degree program at the University of Minnesota.
Please notify Janaya Martin, Graduate Program Specialist, of your intent to complete this minor, which will then be included as part of your degree plan.
ESPM 5071. 4 credits
LA 5204. 3 credits
LA 5576. 3 credits
The Sustainability Studies minor is open to students from across the U of M. Students will explore the fundamental ecological, social, ethical, political, and economic forces that influence the long-term quality and viability of human society and the natural environment. The introductory core course provides an overview of various models for understanding sustainability, and uses case studies to demonstrate the challenges of putting sustainability into practice.
Additional electives are chosen from courses that explore multiple disciplinary perspectives related to sustainability. Finally, the capstone experience allows students to synthesize and apply their knowledge to real sustainability problems. For this minor, students must complete 6 credits of required courses for the core and the capstone, and 9-12 restricted electives, for a total of 15-18 credits.
All minor requirements must be taken A-F (unless only offered S/N), and students must earn a grade of at least C- in each course in the minor.
If you're interested in this minor, please contact the Minor Advisor, Lauren McCarthy, at email@example.com or 612-625-6443.
The Interdisciplinary Design Minor spotlights the design process and shows how design thinking can be used as a catalyst for exploration and research. Choosing from a selection of both lecture and studio courses, students are introduced to the history, theory, and practice of design across multiple design disciplines.
With the Interdisciplinary Design Minor students may compose their own individual program in which they will:
-understand the interdisciplinary nature of the design process
-appreciate the role design plays in everyday life
-experience design thinking and action
-explore and expand their own design interests
-understand how to work with designers in their chosen field
This minor provides an integrated education in design where students enhance their learning by making connections between traditional design courses and non-traditional views of design.
You must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.00 cumulative University of Minnesota GPA.
This minor requires a minimum of 18 credits.
All coursework must be taken on the A/F grade base and completed with a C- or better.
A maximum of two courses taken for a major or another minor may be used toward the interdisciplinary design minor.
Study abroad or transfer courses must be approved by the minor adviser.