About the Landscape Architecture Master’s Program
The landscape architecture program vision is to advance the discipline of landscape architecture through innovative learning, research, and service activities. First professional B.L.A. and M.L.A. degrees are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). Student learning outcomes are coordinated throughout the curriculum, and in each semester to develop creative leaders ready for professional licensure and practice in the public or private sector. The graduate program specializes in semi-arid landscapes, while engaging design and planning issues critical to a sustainable, resilient, adaptable earth and its growing urban populations.
The Master of Landscape Architecture program offers both first professional and post-professional degree options vital to the Department’s vision to advance the discipline of landscape architecture. The first professional LAAB-accredited degree program is designed to accommodate students who do not have a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) or related design degree but who wish to become licensed landscape architects. Post-professional students, who already have a B.L.A. or related design/planning degree, develop a specialization in the discipline, and/or prepare to enter an academic career in landscape architecture. Faculty advisors assist students in their development of a specific program of study to meet their goals and satisfy university and LAAB requirements.
First professional M.L.A. students begin with a sequential curriculum of leveling courses (up to 36 credit hours) focused on student learning outcomes aimed at competencies required for the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LARE national license exam). All students, both first and post-professional, take an individualized set of up to 36 semester credit hours required for the specialization and career interest. All graduate students can include a study abroad and/or professional internship as part of their required specialization course of study.
Computer requirement. All students are required to provide their own graphics workstation meeting Landscape Architecture departmental specifications. A graphics workstation meeting the spec is critical to efficient and effective fused analog and digital workflows taught throughout the curriculum using state-of-the-art CAD, BIM, GIS, graphics, visualization, and modeling tools.
Thesis and project thesis options. Both first and post-professional degree students have the option of preparing a thesis or a project thesis. The project thesis option is typically chosen by students who desire to obtain a first-professional degree and enter professional practice. The thesis option is optimal for post-professional degree students seeking greater research and theoretical opportunities and is particularly suited to a career in academia or public practice.
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 of 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: 1) a letter of intent addressing how an M.L.A. degree from Texas Tech will help the student achieve his or her goals and make a difference in the world, 2) two letters of reference, and 3) a digital portfolio in PDF format of graphic and/or creative works, including writing. Letters of reference should be from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities and related professional experience. Transcripts should be official transcripts requested by the applicant to be sent directly from the granting institution to Texas Tech University Graduate School. The digital portfolio PDF can include drawings, sketches, photography, images of landscape projects, creative writing, or any form of artistic and creative work that is of interest to the candidate and their future goals.