Landscape Architecture - MLA
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture offers the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA). This is a first professional degree program accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The MLA consists of 96 credit hours delivered over six consecutive semesters, which include Summer as a full teaching semester. Students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than landscape architecture enter in the Summer semester and graduate two years later. The program accepts and encourages applicants from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, the sciences and the arts. Students who have an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture can complete the Master of Landscape Architecture in five semesters, by application, through Advanced Placement – just under two years of full time study. Advanced Placement is not automatic, but based on portfolio and academic merit. Successful applicants for Advanced Placement enter in the Fall semester. Students who are currently in the Auburn University pre-landscape architecture programs [Bachelor of Horticulture and Bachelor of Environmental Design] complete their undergraduate degrees as the first year of the MLA. These applicants should contact the Program Chair or the Program Administrator for more information. Pre-landscape architecture students enter in the Summer semester.
Prospective students apply for admission online to the Graduate School. The Graduate Record Examination is not a requirement; however, the Admissions Committee will require the undergraduate record, three letters of recommendation, a 500 word statement of intent and, in the case of applicants for Advanced Placement, a portfolio of work. Applicants may apply for the Concurrent Degree in Landscape Architecture and Community Planning. This is a course of study that enables students to graduate with degrees in both disciplines by completing one semester less than if both degrees were undertaken separately. Application is through the Program Chair.
The program is a studio design-based course of study that incorporates learning from across the disciplines of art, architecture, urban design, ecology, information technology and the natural sciences. The program studies regional and urban landscape systems through the relationships between human dwelling and natural systems. Graduates will be prepared to take action in rebuilding urban landscapes, reconnecting fractured ecosystems, and regenerating human and nonhuman habitats.
Each semester consists of 16 credit hours, including six credit hours of studio. In their final year of study students engage a self-directed design research thesis that extends their skills in a self-directed project of their own choosing. Students must also be prepared to undertake numerous field studies in a variety of locations that can involve interstate visits and several days away from Auburn University. A Study Abroad option is available in the second summer. All field trips and Study Abroad incur extra costs.
The Master of Landscape Architecture offers a limited number of Graduate Assistantships each year. GA positions are highly competitive, and applications exceed availability. The assistantships are awarded on the basis of merit. Students who wish to apply for an assistantship must do so when they send their materials to the Program Chair. There is no form for this - a covering letter will suffice. When assessing the merit of applications for research assistantships, faculty review the following:
- Academic transcript
- Statement of intent.
Applicants who can attend the Master of Landscape Architecture only if they receive an assistantship should make this clear to the Program Chair on application. As a rule Graduate Assistantships involve working with faculty on research projects. A wide range of tasks is expected to be performed to a high standard. Punctuality, timeliness and cordiality are strict requirements. Graduate Assistantships provide a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. The tuition waiver applies to in-state and out-of-state students alike, and covers the tuition fee for each semester that the student is a GRA. Students who are appointed as GAs are required to pay the Professional Fee. Assistantships are awarded on a semester basis (and they are not available in the first summer) and there is no guarantee that recipients will receive a continuance of their assistantship. Reappointment will be made on the basis of students having:
- Maintained a high work standard
- Completed all their coursework and assignments satisfactorily
- Performed well for the faculty member to which they have been assigned.
Any questions about assistantships should be directed to the Program Chair. The Master of Landscape Architecture does not currently offer scholarships.
All students who enter the MLA must ensure that they have a their own laptop computer that conforms to the requirements set out on the Landscape Architecture page of the College of Architecture Design and Planning website.
|LAND 6130||Studio I: Foundation Studio||5|
|LAND 6131||Studio I: Field Studies||1|
|LAND 6140||History I: Landscape Modernism||3|
|LAND 6150||Construction I||2|
|LAND 6160||Graphic Studies I||2|
|LAND 6170||Graphic Studies II||3|
|LAND 6230||Studio II||5|
|LAND 6231||Field Studies II||1|
|LAND 6240||History II: Landscape Timelines||3|
|LAND 6250||Construction II||2|
|LAND 6260||Graphic Studies III||3|
|LAND 6270||Plant Spatiality||2|
|LAND 6330||Studio III||5|
|LAND 6331||Field Studies III||1|
|LAND 6340||Urban Studies I: American Urban Landscapes||3|
|LAND 6350||Construction III: Hydrologies||2|
|LAND 6360||Dynamic Systems I: Urban Ecologies||3|
|LAND 6370||Plant Ephemerality||2|
|LAND 7130||Studio IV||5|
|LAND 7131||Field Studies||1|
|LAND 7140||Urban Studies II: Global Urbanism||3|
|LAND 7170||Plant Functionality||2|
|LAND 7180||Dynamic Systems II: Regenerative Technologies||2|
|LAND 7231||Studio V: Thesis||6|
|LAND 7240||Theories and Practices||3|
|LAND 7250||Contemporary Issues in Landscape Architecture||2|
|LAND 7280||Dynamic Systems III: Regional Ecologies||3|
|LAND 7331||Studio VI: Thesis||6|
|LAND 7992||Research Summary||1|
|LAND 7340||Professional Practice||3|
|Select 10 Credits in the following:||10|
|Seminar on History and Theory|
|Seminar on Community Outreach|
|Seminar on Hydrology|
|Seminar on Landscape Communication|
|Seminar on Landscape Research|
|Special Problems in Landscape Architecture|