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Master of Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture

MLA Brochure 2013

Initiated in 1954, Georgia’s MLA program is one of the oldest graduate landscape architectural programs in the country, with the largest and most complete landscape architectural faculty anywhere. Among Georgia’s MLA alumni are winners of national design competitions, Presidents and Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects, heads of prestigious university departments, senior editors of national journals, leaders of the National Park Service and other public institutions, most of the designers of the 1996 Olympic venues, and leading practitioners all over the world. Each year about 16 new students are selectively admitted to the program.

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MLA Curriculum

The MLA curriculum consists of design studios, support courses, core landscape architecture classes and student-selected electives. Students are admitted into one- to three-year programs of study, depending on their educational and professional backgrounds. Students with a non-design undergraduate degree enter a three-year curriculum track, with possible course exemptions based on their previous studies. Applicants with professional applied design degrees usually enter directly into the second year of study. Applicants with BLA or BSLA degrees and ten or more years of professional experience may enter in the third year, accelerating their studies with a one-year program focused on their specialization. Each student is evaluated individually, and will complete a curriculum built for their needs with the assistance of the graduate adviser and the MLA coordinator.

MLA Technology Requirements

Please click the “for more information” button below to view the minimum computer and technology requirements for the MLA program at CED.

MLA Admissions

All MLA applicants apply under the “prospective candidate for a degree” admission category, and are required to submit the following:

  • Academic transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • Three references
  • Letter of intent

Click "for more information" below to view the complete admissions guide.

MLA Reading List

All students should read at least some of the following publications, or ones like them, before entering Georgia’s MLA program. They are preliminary to landscape architecture: they deal more with values and perceptions than with techniques.  Some of them may be out of print and available only in libraries, not bookstores; that does not reduce their value as background to landscape architecture.

Landscape Architecture Information

View the full listing of Landscape Architecture courses, syllabi, and other academic information here.