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First Professional LAAB Degree, Advanced Standing (Track II)

MLA Track II curriculum is designed for:

  • Graduate students with prior degrees in landscape architecture, architecture, or related design programs that are not LAAB accredited.
  • Graduate students obtaining concurrent degrees in Architecture, Urban Design or Urban Planning.

Important Note

This is a sample curriculum. The actual required courses, number of studios (either 4 or 5), and credit hours will be determined based on evidence of work from the individual student’s undergraduate degree, and a portfolio review after completion of the first semester in the NCSU MLA program.

First Year, Fall Semester, 12 Credit Hours required

  • LAR 501 Landscape Architecture Introduction Design Studio (6 Credits)
  • LAR 582.xxx Sustainable Sites (3 Credits)
  • LAR 517 GIS Application in Landscape Architecture (3 Credits)

First Year, Spring Semester, 12 Credit Hours required

  • LAR 502 Site Planning and Design Studio (6 Credits)
  • LAR 527 Grading, Drainage, and Site Development Systems (3 Credits)
  • LAR 582.xxx Landscape Architecture History Graduate Seminar (3 Credits)

Second Year, Summer Semester, 7 Credit Hours required

  • LAR 528 LA Construction Materials and Methods (3 Credits)
  • LAR 523 Landscape Architecture Plant Identification (2 Credits)
  • LAR 524 Landscape Architecture Planting Design (2 Credits)

Second Year, Fall Semester, 12 Credit Hours required

  • LAR 503 Design Development Studio (6 Credits)
  • LAR 540 Landscape Architecture Research Methods (3 Credits)
  • Varies Free Elective(s) (3 Credits)

Second Year, Spring Semester, 12 Credit Hours required

  • LAR 506 Design + Build Studio (6 Credits) OR LAR 507 Landscape Architecture Advanced Topics Studio (6 Credits)
  • LAR 550 Landscape Architecture Professional Practice (3 Credits)
  • LAR 545 City Planning and Design-Building Great Communities (3 Credits)

Third Year, Summer Semester

  • Open for free electives

Third Year, Fall Semester, 12 Credit Hours required

  • LAR 507 Landscape Architecture Advanced Topics Studio (6 Credits)
  • LAR 534 Landscape Architecture Theory and Criticism (3 Credits)
  • Varies Free Elective(s) (3 Credits)

Note: Design studios are in bold. LAR 501 and 502 must be taken in sequence and are prerequisites for all other studios.