Feb 04, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Landscape Architecture (MLA) (non-baccalaureate Master’s Report option)

Landscape architects design places that connect people to the natural world, creating landscapes for people’s everyday lives and their most memorable moments. The Master of Landscape Architecture degree prepares students to address the present and future environmental and urbanization challenges of our world.

Landscape architecture encompasses analysis, planning, design, management and stewardship of urban, suburban and rural environments. The profession includes the design of green spaces such as plazas, gardens and parks. On a broader scale, landscape architects analyze sites to determine their most appropriate future uses and management practices, including the arrangement of buildings, transportation, and pedestrian and green infrastructure systems.

  • The degree is offered through two tracks:
  • The non-baccalaureate track for students without a previous degree allows students to enter as freshmen and progress through the professional graduate degree in landscape architecture

The post-baccalaureate track for students with a previous degree allows completion of a first professional degree in landscape architecture.

Both lead to an MLA degree fully accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Master’s degree requirements

Environmental Design Studies Program

Landscape Architecture Program

Sixth semester (15 credit hours)

Application to the MLA program early spring.

Seventh semester (14 credit hours)

Eighth semester (12-14 credit hours) **

Ninth semester (11 credit hours)

Tenth semester (11 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 six (6) 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. Graduate School admission is contingent upon completion of all required courses in the 3rd – 6th semesters.

**Off-campus semester: Two distinct study opportunities are offered, 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 seventh or eighth semester, a summer internship is required before graduation. 

*** Six (6) credit hours of the required graduate level professional electives must be LAR courses. Students may petition for an exception to this policy if there is a demonstrated academic benefit.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (152)

  • Undergraduate Hours (118)
  • Graduate Hours (32)