May 11, 2021  
In Progress 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
In Progress 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) (post-baccalaureate track)



Click here to view the Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning graduate program page.

Landscape planning and design have been part of the curriculum at Kansas State University since 1871, being part of the required curriculum of all students in the early days of the institution. The first MLA student graduated in 1968. 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.

 

The MLA program is fully accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Program Definition


Our definition of advanced landscape architecture education includes development of a strong foundation of traditional knowledge and skills as well as self-motivated and defined scholarship. Throughout the program, we are committed to research as a means of learning and serving communities and individuals.

Graduates of our program practice in a wide variety of natural and built environments including urban, suburban, rural, wilderness, domestic, and international. Their practice takes place in small and large firms, multidisciplinary firms, design/build, land development, facility management, public practice, academic settings, and within other fields. Kansas State University MLA graduates provide leadership in and advocacy for stewardship of the land and the interface of people with the land. They seek longterm solutions concerning land health, human dignity, and aesthetic quality.

The MLA program and curriculum


There are two track offerings to the Master of Landscape Architecture, non-baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degrees, both of which result in a master’s degree.

MLA program Master’s Report Option


First semester (14 credit hours)


  • LAR 220 - Drawing Landscapes Studio (5)
  • LAR 230 - Modeling Landscapes Studio (5)
  • LAR 101 - Introduction to Landscape Architecture (3)
  • LAR 350 - Introduction to Plants (1)
  • LAR 010 - Travel: Regional 1 (0)

Second semester (14 credit hours)


  • LAR 433 - Landscape History and Design Studio (5)
  • LAR 420 - Socio-Ecological Systems Studio (5)
  • LAR 351 - Plant Patterns and Use (1)
  • LAR 020 - Travel: Regional 2 (0)
  • ***Professional Elective (3)

Summer study (9 credit hours)


  • LAR 430 - Narratives and Placemaking Studio (4)
  • LAR 425 - Narratives and Placemaking Seminar (2)
  • LAR 352 - Landscape Performance Lab (3)
  • LAR 030 - Travel: Narratives and Placemaking (0)

Third semester (14 credit hours)


  • LAR 353 - Plant Selection (1)
  • LAR 040 - Travel: Major City 1 (0)
  • LAR 438 - Site Design Implementation (5)
  • LAR 442 - Site Research and Design Studio (5)
  • ***Professional Elective (3)

Fourth semester (16 credit hours)


  • LAR 439 - Master Plan Design and Implementation (5)
  • LAR 648 - Advanced Studio (5)
  • LAR 750 - Advanced Seminar (2)
  • LAR 354 - Landscape Restoration (1)
  • LAR 725 - Research Methods (3)

Sixth semester (11 credit hours)


MLA program Master’s Thesis Option


First semester (14 credit hours)


  • LAR 220 Drawing Landscapes Studio (5)
  • LAR 230 Modeling Landscapes Studio (5)
  • LAR 101 Introduction to Landscape Arch (3)
  • LAR 350 Introduction to Plants (1)
  • LAR 010 Travel: Regional 1 (0)

Second semester (14 credit hours)


  • LAR 433 Landscape History & Design Studio (5)
  • LAR 420 Socio-Ecological Systems Studio (5)
  • LAR 351 Plant Patters and Use (1)
  • LAR 020 Travel: Regional 2 (0)
  • Professional Elective (3)

Summer Study (9 credit hours)


  • LAR 430 Narratives and Placemaking Studio (4)
  • LAR 425 Narratives and Placemaking Seminar (2)
  • LAR 352 Landscape Performance Lab (3)
  • LAR 030 Travel: Narratives and Placemaking (0)

Third semester (14 credit hours)


  • LAR 442 Site Research & Design Studio (5)
  • LAR 438 Site Design Implementation (5)
  • LAR 040 Travel: Major City 1 (0)
  • LAR 353 Plant Selection (1)
  • Credits: 3

Fourth semester (15 credit hours)


Sixth semester (10 credit hours)


Notes


Undergraduate Hours: 53
Graduate Hours: 34
Total (MLA( Degree Requirement: 87

Total credit hours required for graduate school program of study = 34. 

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

*** 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.