Curriculum

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Degree Programs + Curriculum Requirements

All of our MLA programs are STEM-designated. Graduates earn an accredited professional degree in landscape architecture, allowing them to become registered landscape architects.

MLA 3 Program
90 Credits / 6 Semesters

This three-year program provides opportunities for study abroad and internships in the summer. Students with no prior experience in design are eligible to enroll in the program and graduate with a degree that enables them to enter the profession of landscape architecture and become registered professionals.
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MLA 2 Program
60 Credits / 4 Semesters

Students who have prior degrees in landscape architecture or architecture are eligible for this accelerated track. This is typically a two-year course of study that provides flexibility for students whose undergraduate studies have prepared them in different ways for graduate study in landscape architecture.
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MLA students also have the opportunity to pursue a dual degree from either the Master of Architecture (MArch) program or the Master of Urban Design (MUD) program. These dual degree programs allow students to jointly complete two graduate degrees in less time than it would typically take to complete both degrees separately. Learn more>>

Placement

Applicants with a four-year bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, or the equivalent, with a non-design major are eligible for admission to the MLA 3 program. Preference will be granted to individuals who have received an education balancing the arts, sciences, and humanities. Requirements include a college-level course in the natural sciences and at least one college-level course in the visual arts, such as drawing, sculpture, graphics, and/or basic design.

Applicants with an accredited degree in landscape architecture or architecture may be admitted to the MLA 2 program, an accelerated course of study. Applicants who have received a non-accredited degree in architecture or landscape architecture may also receive advanced placement, upon review of the admissions committee. Students demonstrating equivalencies in any of the required landscape architecture courses may substitute these requirements with courses in architecture or urban design upon approval by the director of the program and faculty in charge of specific curriculum areas.

Core Studios

401: Studio I (first core studio of the MLA 3 program)
Students are introduced to landscape architectural design focusing on conceptual, theoretical, and tectonic operations in St. Louis.

402: Studio II (second core studio of the MLA 3 program)
Areas of focus include spatial understanding, ground plane manipulation, and vegetation and material strategies along an urban streetscape and St. Louis neighborhood.

501: Studio III (third core studio of the MLA 3 program; first core studio of the MLA 2 program)
Students are introduced to larger-scale systems, focusing on site reclamation strategies rooted in ecological, social, infrastructural, and cultural histories, culminating in the generation of site-specific design propositions, either locally or globally.

502: Studio IV (fourth core studio of the MLA 3 program; second core studio of the MLA 2 program)
Students are challenged to recalibrate large-scale site systems to balance inherent resources with development by means of innovative programming, with particular focus on watershed-based design strategies.

601: Studio V (first semester of the landscape architecture thesis studio)
Students work closely with their advisor to develop rigorous research and intial design strategies.

602: Studio VI (second semester of the landscape architecture thesis studio)
Students continue to refine their research methodology, underpinned by robust final design solutions.