Landscape Architecture Program
The long tradition of the Michigan landscape architecture program, begun nearly a century ago and with accomplished alumni all over the world, is one of its deep strengths. At the same time, its setting within the interdisciplinary School of Natural Resources and Environment keeps the program dynamically evolving in response to new knowledge in the environmental sciences, as well as new knowledge in the design disciplines. This context may help to account for Michigan having both the nation’s oldest PhD program in landscape architecture, and among its most flexible accredited professional MLA graduate degree programs. Both the long professional tradition and the evolving scientific dynamic are manifested in the high quality of the program's graduates and their success in the profession.
Landscape Architecture students have three programs to choose from:
- Three-year accredited M.L.A. degree for individuals who wish to begin a career in landscape architecture
- Two-year program for those individuals interested in obtaining a second degree in landscape architecture at the master’s level, practicing landscape architects seeking advanced education, and those interested in pursing a doctoral degree
- Ph.D in Landscape Architecture
The M.L.A. curriculum is dedicated to teaching students who are welcomed from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to exercise design excellence and scientific sophistication in the practice and continuing evolution of ecological design of landscapes across the entire range of scales – from residential rainwater gardens to regional watersheds. The curriculum is organized around a core commitment to uncovering and responding to relationships among design, culture, and ecology. It is implemented in a way that adapts to students’ individual disciplinary backgrounds, values, and interests. Consequently, the curriculum has a degree of flexibility (especially during the last three semesters) that helps to realize the students' educational and professional goals while maintaining a commitment to excel in design. This flexible curriculum has increased the level of multi-disciplinary work, public practice activity, and non-traditional professional routes for students.