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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Landscape Architecture (Non-Baccalaureate MLA)

The curriculum leading to the professional graduate degree in landscape architecture prepares students for a variety of career opportunities found within the profession. Special emphasis is placed on site analysis, land planning, arrangement and organization of facilities on the land, organization of outdoor spaces, topographical manipulation and other aspects of site construction, and the use of plants in the landscape. Study of human impact on the natural and built environment and methods of minimizing negative aspects of this relationship are emphasized.

The master of landscape architecture degree is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

The landscape architecture program, in order to prepare students for their professional responsibilities and leadership roles, requires that all students provide or have access to a computer and appropriate software to support their course of study. The department will provide information about appropriate hardware and software.

It is important to refer to the department website for current information regarding this program. The program is subject to constant review and change without notice. Students should obtain a copy of the current curriculum when they enter the program.

Master’s degree requirements

Environmental Design Studies Program

First semester (16 credit hours)

Landscape Architecture Program

Fourth semester (16 credit hours)

Sixth semester (18 credit hours)

Application to the MLA program early spring.

Summer study (7 credit hours)

Eighth semester (14-16 credit hours) **

Study abroad or internship (see notes below).

Ninth semester (15 credit hours)

Tenth semester (10-12 credit hours)


The K-State 8 General Education areas are covered by courses required in the Landscape Architecture curriculum.  Information about the K-State 8 is available on the web and in the university catalog.

All required courses taught in the landscape architecture and regional and community planning programs that are counted toward the degree must be passed with a grade of C or better.

*A minimum of fifteen (15) general elective credits must be taken.  General elective may be taken in pursuit of a minor.  They may be taken any time prior to or during the Landscape Architecture program and may include KSU approved AP, IB, CLEP and transfer credit. Students may not count more than three (3) total hours of recreation credits toward graduation.

**Eighth semester: Two distinct study opportunities are offered during this semester, each requiring 14 credit hours. The study abroad and the internship options have course requirements that substitute for the 9 professional elective credit requirements.  If the internship option is not selected during the eighth semester, a summer internship is required before graduation.

+ If a student elects the thesis option, LAR 897-Proposal Writing will be taken during the eighth semester for 2 credit hours.  This course is completed by advance arrangement.  LAR 897 students work independently to develop their thesis proposal with their major professor’s supervision.  LAR 899-Research in Landscape Architecture will be taken in the ninth semester in place of LAR 700 and in the tenth semester in place of LAR 705 and LAR 898.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (160)

  • Undergraduate Hours (124)
  • Graduate Hours (36)