Chatham University Graduate
Landscape Architecture Programs
As of June 2014, Landscape Architecture Degree Programs at Chatham have been closed and no new applications are being accepted. Current students will be able to complete their degree in the accredited Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program during the program's teach-out period that ends in spring 2017. Even though the MLA program is closing, Landscape Architecture at Chatham could possibly continue in another form in the future.
Chatham University's Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) and Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA) Programs prepare students for professional and/or academic careers in Landscape Architecture. The program has a particular emphasis on educating and training a generation of professionals who are guided by principles of sustainable design; are knowledgeable about contemporary community planning methods; and are grounded in construction and implementation skillsets.
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
The MLA program of study at Chatham University has been accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) since 2007. This first-professional degree, which requires 76 credits, is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Landscape Architecture.
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.
Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA)
The MSLA program is designed for individuals who have already earned an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture or another related design field. The MSLA offers a research degree that aids students in developing their scholarly focus and can prepare graduates for future doctoral work. This two year, writing intensive curriculum capitalizes on a student's current knowledge and allows them to specialize within their field. This degree is not accredited by the LAAB.
The MSLA curriculum helps the student expand and strengthen his/her area of specialization and future career interest. Upon completing their degrees, graduates should be able to function as members of a design team in the private and public sectors or as researchers in the academic and non-profit communities.