Landscape Architecture: MLA, PhD

Landscape Architecture: MLA

Program Information

PROGRAM NAME

Landscape Architecture


PROGRAM LEVEL

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


COLLEGE/SCHOOL AFFILIATION

College of Design




PRIORITY DEADLINE

Summer Term: January 15


FINAL DEADLINE

Summer Term: May 3

This program may accept applications after the posted deadline on a space-available basis. Refer to the program’s website for more details.


MEDIAN TIME TO DEGREE

3 years


CAMPUS

Eugene


Program Description

Our curriculum emphasizes understanding landscapes across multiple scales and contexts to support innovative design, critical thinking, and real-world problem solving. We approach design as a process of discovery, characterized by questioning, creating, testing and evaluating. We strive to create environments that fulfill human needs and potential, and are ecologically responsive and socially just.

Our Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programs prepare students for careers in:

  • professional firms
  • city, state, regional and federal agencies
  • non-governmental organizations
  • faculty at major universities

Two Professional Degree Programs

There are two programs leading to a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA) with eligibility depending on prior education and experience:

MLA Track I

MLA Track II

All incoming MLA students attend a four-week Design Field School in late summer.

MLA Track I Degree Program

The MLA Track II program is three years in length (144 credits) and is designed for students from any undergraduate background. Our students’ diverse undergraduate academic experience, including botany, forestry, fine art, history, and philosophy, contributes to a broad and rigorous educational environment.

The curriculum is centered on a sequence of seven design studios informed by coursework in history and theory, ecological systems, analysis and planning, and landscape technologies, and is capped by an independent research or design thesis. No prerequisite courses are required to apply to this program.

MLA Track II Degree Program

The MLA Track II program allows students with undergraduate degrees in an environmental design field, including landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, and environmental design, to earn an MLA degree in two years (96 credits). Students with an LAAB-, LAAC-, or NAAB-accredited degree have no prerequisites to enter this track. Students with other environmental design degrees must have completed at least one academic year of environmental design studios.

MLA II students join MLA I students in the second year of design studios and take core courses that complement their previous design education, as well as advanced coursework in support of their independent thesis. Students follow an individualized course of study based on their previous experience.

The program explores the landscapes, materials, and environmental issues of Oregon that will frame students’ studies.

For detailed information about both Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, see the Master’s Program Handbook.

Master's Projects and Theses

At the culmination of either master’s degree program, all School of Architecture & Environment MLA students complete either a master’s project or a thesis as an independently conceived project presenting original work that contributes to the body of knowledge in Landscape Architecture.

The topic may be selected from a wide range of theoretical to practical design issues. It may be an original investigation, an original interpretation of existing scholarship, or an application of innovative strategies for the solution of a specific design challenge. Most importantly, the project should demonstrate a creative engagement in environmental transformation. You can view recent master’s projects and a list of all completed projects, as well as completed Landscape Architecture MLA Theses and PhD dissertations.

Program Information  Faculty


Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. This program has two separate applications, the University of Oregon application and a department application. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website.

UO Application Requirements

Program-Specific Application Requirements

Required

  • Application Questions
  • Higher TOEFL/IELTS than UO minimums
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Portfolio
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

Not Required

  • GMAT
  • GRE (UO Institution Code: 4846)

Apply Through Department


Landscape Architecture: PhD

Program Information

PROGRAM NAME

Landscape Architecture


PROGRAM LEVEL

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


COLLEGE/SCHOOL AFFILIATION

College of Design




FINAL DEADLINE

Fall Term: January 4

 


MEDIAN TIME TO DEGREE

5.6 years


CAMPUS

Eugene


Program Description

The Department of Landscape Architecture in the School of Architecture & Environment at the University of Oregon is a national leader in design education. The discipline of landscape architecture is growing from a mostly professional field to one that supports scholarship and research, thus changing its role and mission in the academic community and in society. As a result of this growth, a doctoral degree is rapidly becoming preferred for university faculty and professional positions in the field.

The doctoral program in Landscape Architecture offers opportunities for advanced study and scholarship across a range of spatial scales and cultural contexts. Students in the program pursue diverse topics related to their interests and to clusters of faculty expertise. Current clusters include:

  • critical history, theory and practice
  • ecology, infrastructure, and social justice 
  • productive landscapes

The degree is intended primarily for students seeking careers in teaching, scholarship, and leadership in landscape design and planning in universities, practice, policy, and consultancy. Depending on their background and research goals, students can expect to complete the degree in four to six years, including required course work, qualifying exams, and their dissertation. Graduates of our doctoral program regularly find academic employment in institutions and organizations around the world.

For each incoming doctoral student, the department will provide a minimum of two academic years of graduate fellowship, which include tuition and fee waivers, a stipend, and health insurance. Funding typically continues through the fourth year, contingent upon satisfactory progress. Students may also teach and participate in ongoing research.

In addition to the standard doctoral funding noted in the previous paragraph, the department can offer one Lokey Graduate Science Award ($6000) to an exceptional incoming doctoral student who is beginning their studies in the 2020–2021 academic year and whose research interests overlap with one or more National Science Foundation research areas (Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Education and Human Resources, Engineering, Environmental Research and Education, Geosciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, or Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences). This award only applies to the 2020–2021 academic year and is payable to the student at the beginning of the fall term.

Program Prerequisites

Prospective students must have either:

  • a completed professional degree in landscape architecture or architecture (BLA, MLA, BArch, or MArch) or
  • a master's degree in a related or relevant field (e.g., MA or MS) and show clear evidence of academic experience and goals suitably aligned with landscape architecture.

A record of demonstrated research as well as a clear capacity for and commitment to research are important admission criteria. 

For more details, read the PhD program handbook.

PhD Program Handbook

Program Information  Faculty


Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. This program has two separate applications, the University of Oregon application and a department application. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website.

UO Application Requirements

Program-Specific Application Requirements

Required

  • GRE (UO Institution Code: 4846)
  • Higher TOEFL/IELTS than UO minimums
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Portfolio
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

Not Required

  • GMAT

Apply Through Department