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Master of Landscape Architecture

The Master of Landscape Architecture degree is professional degree program designed to accommodate students with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) as well as those with degrees in a discipline other than Landscape Architecture. This is a flexible program designed to meet a variety of professional interest as well as individual needs, and career objectives. The program focuses on the unique environmental and cultural challenges found in the arid and semi-arid regions of the United States and incorporates vernacular design, land use and regional planning, geographic information systems, and cultural landscape design to name a few of the program offerings.

First Professional Degree

The first professional degree track accepts students from a broad range of disciplines including anthropology, art, business and environmental sciences. The first professional degree requires 36 hours and up to 35 hours of leveling courses.

Advanced Professional Degree

The advanced professional degree is designed for students with the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree or its equivalent. The advanced professional degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours.

Thesis and Project Thesis Options

The option of a Thesis or a Project Thesis is at the discretion of each individual student. The Thesis Option is optimal for advanced degree students seeking greater research and theoretical opportunities particularly suited to a career in academia or public practice. The Project Thesis Option is primarily for first professional degree students and is intended to highlight the student's ability to manage the design process for a complex design project.

Accreditation

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Registration Board. This national accreditation allows graduate to sit for the Landscape Architectural Registration Exam (LARE) to become a licensed landscape architect.

Admissions

Admission requirements are established by the Texas Tech University Graduate School. At this time, neither the Graduate School nor the Department of Landscape Architecture requires the GRE for admission. Application for both U.S and International students may be made through the Graduate School Web Site.

Graduate Assistance

Both the university and the department has available a variety of scholarships and other assistance available to graduate students. Application must be made through the Graduate School Fellowships and Scholarships web site.

Course Requirements

First Professional Degree
Year Sem Course Number Course Name Hours
1 Fall LARC 5401 Principles and Process of Landscape Architecture 4
LARC 5302 Environmental Planning 3
LARC 5201 Landscape Architecture Graphics 2
LARC 5310 History of Landscape Architecture 3
LARC 5314 Grading and Drainage 3
Total 15
Spring LARC 5402 Site Design 4
LARC 5315 Site Construction and Development 3
LARC 6100 Landscape Architecture Seminar 1
-- Core Directed Elective 3
Total 11
Summer I LARC 5308 Computer-Aided Design 3
Total 3
2 Fall LARC 6401 Urban Design 4
LARC 5316 Materials and Details 3
PSS 6001 Woody Plants 3
LARC 6301 Research Methods for Planning and Design 3
Total 13
Spring LARC 6402 Regional Planning 4
LARC 5312 Planting Design 3
LARC 6203 Thesis Preparation 2
-- Core Directed Elective 3
Total 12
3 Fall LARC 6406 Collaborative Design Studio 4
LARC 6302 Administrative Aspects of Landscape Architecture 3
LARC 6000 Thesis 3
-- Core Directed Elective 3
Total 13
Spring LARC 6000 Thesis 3
-- Core Directed Elective 3
Total 6
Leveling Course Total 37
First Professional Degree Course Total 36
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Advanced Professional Degree
Year Sem Course Number Course Name Hours
1 Fall LARC 6401 Urban Design 4
LARC 6100 Landscape Architecture Seminar 1
LARC 6301 Research Methods 3
-- Core Directed Elective 3
Total 11
Spring LARC 6402 Regional Planning 4
LARC 6203 Thesis Preparation 2
-- Core Directed Electives 6
Total 12
2 Fall LARC 6406 Collaboration Studio 4
LARC 6000 Thesis 3
-- Core Directed Elective 3
Total 10
Spring LARC 6000 Thesis 3
Total 3
36