The Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A), professional program, one of 51 nationwide accredited by the national Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB), provides the credentials and knowledge required to practice as a licensed landscape architect. Several options exist:
Seamless Entry into the Master of Landscape Architecture
The seamless landscape architecture program at the University of Idaho is uniquely designed to allow you to graduate with both the pre-professional B.S.L.A and the first professional, accredited M.L.A degrees in a shorter period of time. The 38 credit M.L.A. builds upon the foundation provided in the B.S.L.A program with a total time in school of five-and-a-half years. Students generally apply to the professional M.L.A. after successful completion of the third year of the B.S.L.A. Once accepted into the professional program, you may qualify for graduate status during the fourth year of the B.S.L.A. That means you can complete the M.L.A professional degree, which would otherwise take a full six years or more, in less time than some traditional programs.
Students Who Have a University Degree in another Discipline
Students with a degree from another university or the University of Idaho in a discipline other than Landscape Architecture may apply to the Three-Year professional MLA degree. Students admitted to this accredited program participate in an accelerated “bridging year” and then move directly into the graduate studios with students pursuing the five and one half year BSLA/MLA program.
Students with an Undergraduate Degree in Landscape Architecture from Another University
Students who already have a degree in Landscape Architecture from another university may apply for the 1.5 -2 Year Post Professional version of the MLA. This option is desirable for students who may wish to pursue a research specialization in Landscape Architecture, consider teaching at the university level and/or obtain their MLA to advance their career.