Landscape Architecture


Urban Park Fountains
Photo courtesy of Hamilton-Anderson Associates.

Established in 1898, the Landscape Architecture Program at MSU is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). The LA Program merges ideology, design, technology, and ecology toward creating a sustainable world.

The undergraduate program’s long-standing reputation for proficient skill development provides a strong foundation for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree (BLA), the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture/Master of Environmental Design Dual Degree program (BLA/MED option) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Design and Construction with a concentration in Environmental Design.

Leadership is nurtured through rigorous research and interdisciplinary collaboration. Wide-ranging, diverse areas of focus are supported through partnerships and programs which tap MSU’s resource-rich academic culture within the land-grant mission to address real world challenges and needs.

Graduates of the MSU LA Program master the design process across scales in the integration of  art, science and human interaction, applying these to diverse project types in practice and building new knowledge that advances the Landscape Architecture profession.

The MSU LA Program is proud to note that more than 90% of our graduates are placed in the job market within seven months of graduation. These graduates have been placed in numerous firms throughout the state of Michigan and the nation. Firms with Spartan graduates working to improve our built environment include: Beckett and Raeder, Conservation Design Forum, Design Workshop, Edgewater Resources, EDSA, EDAW, ECT, Inc., Grissim Metz Andriese Associates, Hamilton/Anderson Associates, Hitchcook Design Group, Hughes, Good, O'Leary and Ryan, JJR SmithGroup, Mariani Landscape, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Nievera Williams Design, William McDonough and Partners, National Park Service, Sasaki Associates, Inc., TGB, and The SWA Group.

Estimated Tuition Cost

The estimated cost (tuition and fees) for a full-time undergraduate student for one academic year are:

In-State: $22,700

Out-of-State: $44,500

Students can better calculate costs based on their specific circumstances here: MSU Tuition, Fees and Housing Calculator.

Student Retention and Graduation Rates

The average time for completion of the BLA degree is five years; 2005-2014. The program is limited enrollment for upper division and admits up to 18 students in their junior year. (*Limited enrollment was reduced from 24 students to 18 students in 2012). Sixty-two percent (62%) of the students who enroll in the freshman introductory studio complete the full program of study and graduate with a BLA. Once admitted into upper division on average 92% complete the program. 

Degrees conferred

2011: 22
2012: 22
2013: 15*
2014: 14 

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