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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. The required credit hours for this program will not exceed 67.

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.