The Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) is a graduate professional degree program. Courses emphasize landscape and human ecology, socio-cultural and behavioral factors, landscape aesthetics, and artistic principles in a variety of design, planning, and management applications. The context in which design and planning studios operate closely simulates the profession to include wilderness, rural, urban, and historic landscapes. Special attention is given to the ecology, culture, and history of the arid Southwest and to international planning and design practice. All M.L.A. students are expected to develop computer skills to the current level of use within the profession.
The M.L.A. is offered as a three-year accredited professional curriculum which prepares the graduate for entry into the profession of landscape architecture. Those applicants who possess a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture or a closely-related professional field may apply for advanced standing. The M.L.A. program involves the investigation of new thoughts and applications which advance the art and science of landscape architecture. Each student is required to complete a thesis or master's report of six to nine units. Students who are admitted with advanced standing follow an individualized program of research and study related to the student's interests in a particular area of specialization.
The School has well-established relationships with Architecture, Geography, Environmental Psychology, Planning, and Renewable Natural Resources. Faculty research, creative scholarship, and service are regional, national and international in scope.
Areas of Specialization
Within the Master of Landscape Architecture degree, areas of specialized studies are: 1) Arid Lands, 2) Historic and Cultural Landscapes, 3) International Studies, 4) Small Town and Urban revitalization, 5) Urban Design, and 6) Eco-tourism and Sustainable Development.