About the Landscape Architecture Master’s Program
The Master of Landscape Architecture degree is a professional degree program designed to accommodate students with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) as well as those with degrees in a discipline other than landscape architecture. This is a flexible program designed to meet a variety of professional interests, as well as individual needs and career objectives. The program focuses on the unique environmental and cultural challenges found in the arid and semi-arid regions of the United States and incorporates program offerings such as vernacular design, land use and regional planning, geographic information systems, and cultural landscape design.
First Professional Degree. The first professional degree track accepts students from a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, art, business, and environmental sciences. The first professional degree requires up to 36 hours and up to 35 hours of leveling courses.
Advanced Professional Degree. The advanced professional degree is designed for students with the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree or its equivalent. The advanced professional degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours.
Thesis and Project Thesis Options. The option of a thesis or a project thesis is at the discretion of the student. The thesis option is optimal for advanced degree students seeking greater research and theoretical opportunities particularly suited to a career in academia or public practice. The project thesis option is primarily for first professional degree students and is intended to highlight the student’s ability to manage the design process for a complex design project.
Accreditation. The Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) is fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Registration Board. This national accreditation allows graduates to sit for the Landscape Architectural Registration Exam (LARE) to become a licensed landscape architect.
Admissions. Admission requirements are established by the Texas Tech University Graduate School. At this time, neither the Graduate School nor the Department of Landscape Architecture requires the GRE for admission. Application for both U.S and international students may be made through the Graduate School website.
In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the Department of Landscape Architecture requires a letter of intent, two letters of reference, and a portfolio of graphic and/or creative works. The letter of intent should address how the program fits the applicant’s career goals. Letters of reference should be from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities. Transcripts should be official and requested directly from the institution. A portfolio of creative works can include any drawing, sketching, photography, landscape projects, creative writing, or any form of artistic and creative work that is of interest to the candidate. The format is entirely at the discretion of the candidate.