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Master of Landscape Architecture


Landscape Architects plan, design, manage, and nurture built and natural environments. With their unique skill set, landscape architects work to improve human and environmental health in all communities. Virginia Tech’s accredited Master of Landscape Architecture degree combines design and design-thinking, creative invention and problem-solving, natural and human sciences, and community collaboration. Students may also pursue simultaneous masters degrees in Natural Resources (MNR) or Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) as well as graduate certificates offered across the university.

Program faculty guide students as they develop and expand greater understandings of the complex interrelationships between people and the physical environment. Students explore more sustainable and resilient futures through planning, designing, and managing landscapes that integrate natural processes, public and individual needs, and societal vision. Students often engage with communities across the region to address real issues on real sites.

MLA students enter the program in one of three tracks:

  • 3-Year Track for students entering the MLA program as a first professional degree program. Typically, students are coming from a different undergraduate study and do not have a design background. Our students have diverse educational and personal backgrounds and experience.

  • 2/ 2+ Year Track for students entering the MLA program with an accredited undergraduate degree in landscape architecture or an allied discipline. Students are granted advanced standing for coursework previously covered.

  • 1-Year plus a Thesis Track for seasoned professionals desiring an advanced degree that builds upon their professional knowledge and skill sets through focused studies in an individually tailored program.

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