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MLA Degree Curriculum

Individuals holding an undergraduate degree, including landscape architecture or architecture, are candidates for the license-qualifying Master of Landscape Architecture degree.  Each applicant’s undergraduate academic record and a personal portfolio will be reviewed to identify individuals who may be outstanding candidates in the Cornell masters program.

Requirements

Satisfactory completion of an individual's core curriculum as determined by the Department Faculty.

Concentration (CN)

The student and faculty advisor will construct a concentration totaling at least 10 credits.

History/ Theory Requirement

Students are required to take five courses from the History/Theory offerings including LA5900,  LA6910, and LA6900.  Two additional courses must be selected from the attached list.  /sites/landscape.cals.cornell.edu/files/shared/HistoryTheoryCourses11.01.16.pdf

Sequence Alterations

Students must take studios and other courses in the sequence listed below.  Any student wishing to alter this sequence must petition the Graduate Committee.  A student may NOT take two studios concurrently.

Required Courses

First Year

Semester Courses Concepts Credit Hours
Fall LA 5910 Creating the Urban Eden: Woody Plant Selection, Design and Landscape Establishment 4
  LA 5010 Studio: Composition and Theory 5
  LA 6910 Design of Landscapes (H/Th) 3
  LA 5830 Lecture Series 1
  LA5050 Graphics

3

Spring LA 5920 Creating the Urban Eden: Woody Plant Selection, Design and Landscape Establishment (optional) 2
  LA 5020 Studio: Composition and Theory 5
  LA5900 Theoretical Foundations (H/Th) 3
  LA 5830 Lecture Series 1
  CN Concentration Elective 3

Second Year

Semester Courses Concepts Credit Hours
Fall LA 6010 Studio: Integrating Theory & Practice 5
  LA 6160 Site Grading for Landscape Architects 5
  H/TH History/Theory Electives 3
  CN Concentration Electives 3
Spring LA 6020 Studio: Integrating Theory & Practice 5
  LA 6180 Site Assembly 5
  LA 6120 Professional Practice 2
  LA 6030 Concentration Documentation (CN) 1
  LA5100 CAD:  Construction Documents 3

Third Year

Semester Courses Concepts Credit Hours
Fall LA 7010 Urban Design and Planning 5
  LA 6900

Methods of Landscape Architectural Inquiry

3
  H/TH History/Theory Electives 3
  CON Concentration Elective 3
Spring LA 7020
LA 8900
Advanced Design Studio OR
Master's Thesis
5
9
    Electives of choice (12 credits are required for full time status)  

Historical Studies /Theory Electives within the Department of Landscape Architecture

Concepts
Pre-Industrial Cities & Towns in North America (Fall)
Methods of Landscape Architecture Inquiry (Fall)
Design and Environmental Systems (Fall)
Gardens of the Roman Empire (Fall)
Emerging Dimensions in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Practice (Spring)
Theoretical Foundations (Spring)
Design of Landscapes (Fall)