Landscape Architecture + Environmental Planning

First Professional Degree

Three-Year Master of Landscape Architecture

The three-year Master of Landscape Architecture degree program, for students with non-design backgrounds, requires 79 units and is organized around the core design studio, which is the setting for the synthesis and integration of technical, environmental, historical, and theoretical course offerings. Specialized modules introduced in the studio each semester may include: Planting design, grading and earthwork, computer-aided design, materials and detailing, and drawing.

Course Requirements

First Year (29 units)

  • LD ARCH 110 (4) Ecological Analysis (Lecture)
  • LD ARCH 110L (1) Ecological Analysis (Lab)
  • LD ARCH 112 (4) Landscape Plants: Identification and Use
  • LD ARCH 170 (3) History and Literature of Landscape Architecture
  • LD ARCH 234A (3) Drawing the Landscape
  • LD ARCH 234B (3) Landscape Processes through Drawing and Modeling 
  • LD ARCH 200A (5) Fundamentals of Landscape Design
  • LD ARCH 200B (5) Case Studies in Landscape Design
  • LD ARCH 254 (1) Topics in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Second Year (26 units)

  • LD ARCH 121 (4) Design in Detail: Introduction to Landscape Materials
  • LD ARCH 120 (3) Topographic Form and Design Technology 
  • LD ARCH 201 (5) Ecological Factors in Urban Landscape Design
  • LD ARCH 202 (5) Cultural Factors in Urban Landscape Design
  • LD ARCH 233 (3) Drawn from the Field
  • Elective (3)
  • One social factors course selected from departmental breadth list (3)

Third Year (24 units)

  • One studio requirement selected from LD ARCH 203, CY PLAN 248, or ARCH 201 (5), by petition
  • LD ARCH 206 or Final Degree Studio selected from LD ARCH 204 or CY PLAN 248 (5) 
  • LD ARCH 252B (3) Thesis and Professional Project Research Seminar (required for Thesis/Professional Project Students only) or
  • LD ARCH 260 (3) Professional Practice Seminar
  • Elective (4)
  • Elective (4)

Total: 79 units