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CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

College of Architecture + Planning


The Landscape Architecture program offers first professional and advanced professional graduate curricula leading to the degree Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA). 

FIRST PROFESSIONAL DEGREE PROGRAM

(for students without a professional degree in landscape architecture or related discipline)​

  • Requires a six-semester sequence of course work

  • Total 90 semester hours

  • Typically takes three years

  • Fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board (LAAB)

  • Recognized by the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)

The curriculum consists of core and elective course work. Core courses are grouped into five components:

  • Design Studios (36 credits)

  • History and Theory (12 credits)

  • Site Works (12 credits)

  • Media (9 credits)

  • Critical Practice (6 credits)

The remaining 15 semester hours are for additional elective courses (total 90 credits).


ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL DEGREE PLAN

(FOR STUDENTS WITH A PROFESSIONAL DEGREE IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE OR RELATED DISCIPLINE)

  • ​For qualified students who have already earned a first professional degree in Landscape Architecture or related discipline

  • Requires 60 semester hours

  • Typically takes two years of full-time study

  • Advanced standing is based on prior academic accomplishment 

The curriculum consists of core and elective course work. Core courses are grouped into three  components:

  • Design (24 credits)

  • History and Theory (12-15 credits)

  • Media (3-6 credits)

The remaining 9-18 semester hours are for additional elective courses (total 60 credits).

The department chair or associate chair will advise each student engaged in this program of study.

 

THESIS

The graduate thesis in landscape architecture provides an opportunity for students to conduct independent research and design investigations that demonstrate their capacity for rigorous original thinking.

The thesis is not required for graduation and not all students are approved to write a thesis. Choosing to pursue a thesis project constitutes a significant commitment to the endeavor; the topic must be chosen with care and thoughtfully and critically developed. Topics can explore material that has been previously unstudied, reinterpret existing material in a new light, or engage research and design practices in ways that strengthen and define the final project. For all theses, the research and products must meet the highest standards of academic excellence and contribute significantly to the discipline and/or profession.

Pursuing a thesis requires students to enroll in a three-course sequence for a maximum total of 12 semester hours. Students are required to formulate their research proposals two full semesters prior to their enrollment for the 6-semester-hour thesis, typically taken in lieu of the final studio. To proceed through the sequence, students must have completed and passed the research tools and methods class (LDAR 6940) and have secured departmental approval of the thesis proposal.

The completion of the thesis is dependent on acceptance of the student’s work by the faculty member acting as the thesis chair and by the committee. For work to be accepted it must meet the standards established by the University of Colorado Denver for graduate thesis projects.​


DUAL DEGREES

MASTER OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE WITH...

  • ​CAP Master of Architecture (MLA – MArch)

  • CAP Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MLA - MURP)

  • Tongji University Master of Landscape Architecture

Go to the 2nd Floor Reception Desk to secure detailed descriptions of each or contact the MLA Advisor Katherine Hartung. In every instance the total credit requirement of the Dual Degree is considerably less than would be needed if each degree were independently pursued. 

 

ADVANCED STANDING FOR MASTER OF URBAN DESIGN DEGREE

Students completing the Master of Landscape Architecture degree can get advanced standing in the College's Master of Urban Design program​.  The Master of Urban Design (MUD) is an intensive, one-year, interdisciplinary post-professional degree program intended for talented persons already holding a professional degree in architecture, landscape architecture or urban and regional planning (e.g. BArch, BLA, MArch, MLA, MURP/MUP).

The Master of Urban Design (MUD) program provides up to 12 credits of advanced standing toward the degree for students completing their MLA in the College. 

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