Chatham News

Chatham University announces new graduate program in landscape design and development

The new master’s degree will be housed within the Landscape Architecture programs at Chatham Eastside

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
June 14, 2011

PITTSBURGH (June 14, 2011) …Chatham University is now accepting applications for its new Master of Landscape Design and Development (MLD), which will be housed within the landscape architecture program at the University’s Chatham Eastside facility at Penn and Fifth avenues. The 48-credit program will begin this fall and includes core courses along three tracks: Landscape Design and Technology; Landscape Sciences and Management; and Landscape Construction and Operation.

According to Program Director Safei-Eldin Hamed, Ph.D., ASLA, the MLD will educate and train qualified professionals who can serve and be leaders in landscape contracting and land development industries. The MLD will also assist those in green industries including retail and wholesale nurseries, turf and seed operations, commercial timber growers, florists and foliage growers, grounds maintenance firms, horticultural chemical and fertilizer suppliers, and irrigation and interior plantscaping installers.

“We are responding to an emerging need for individuals who can cross the gaps between the fields of sustainable landscape design, landscape contracting, landscape sciences and land development,” Dr. Hamed explained. “The specialized tracks will help students better market themselves to these growing industries.”

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 412-365-1825 or

About Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit