The seamless Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) provides the professional knowledge, technical design skills, rich studio experiences, and important credentials required to practice as a licensed landscape architect.
Students who are pursuing the pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (B.S.L.A.) have the option to seamlessly transition into the professional M.L.A. program during their senior year, earning both the undergraduate degree and master’s degree in five and one half years.
A three-year M.L.A. program is available for students who hold an undergraduate degree in a field other than landscape architecture.
The design studio is the heart of the professional landscape architecture program. Studio projects challenge you to apply theory, technology, history and science to create viable design solutions that address actual problems facing communities throughout the state of Idaho.
Studios also provide many enriching opportunities to collaborate with students and faculty from related disciplines, including architecture, natural resources, horticulture, art, geography, and bioregional and community planning. This valuable interdisciplinary experience is essential to the successful practice of landscape architecture in today’s integrated design world.
The University of Idaho’s scenic bioregional area between the Columbia Plateau and the Palouse watershed provides a unique setting to study landscape architecture. Here, you form an understanding of the important relationship between the bioregion and landscape architecture, and you learn to factor the bioregion, watershed, ecosystems, history, and culture into your landscape planning and design decisions.
Students in the landscape architecture program come to Idaho from all corners of the world. This diversity, combined with excellent study abroad programs, helps you gain internationally competitive skills and develop a professional network that spans the globe.
During your final year in the program, you will also have the opportunity to study and practice urban design at the Idaho Urban Research and Design Center (IURDC) in Boise.