Chatham University


Landscape Architecture (MLA/MSLA) Curriculum

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree is an accredited, first-professional degree consisting of 76 credits of coursework. This degree is for students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than landscape architecture. The MLA degree provides students with foundational skills and knowledge required for professional competency. This program of study is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Landscape Architecture is the analysis, planning, design, and management of the natural and built environment. It encompasses both the art and science of manipulating the physical environment and promotes the stewardship of natural and cultural resources through the implementation of sustainable practices.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has noted “employment of landscape architects is expected to increase by 16 percent during the 2006-2016 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations.” The course of study in landscape architecture leading to the first professional degree at Chatham University started in 2004 and graduated its first class in 2007.

Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA)

The Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA) is a non-accredited research degree for students who typically have a professional design degree and wish to gain research experience and focused knowledge in Landscape Architecture. This is a post-professional, two-year program that requires at least 44 credit hours depending on the student's education and experience. A student’s final program of study (POS) and thesis topic must be approved by his/her advisor and thesis committee.

This curriculum is designed to expand and deepen the education of those students with an accredited BSLA or BLA degree. However, the MSLA is available to any students interested in pursuing scholarly research and are not interested professional licensure.

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