Degrees

Landscape Architecture Graduates

Located in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, Landscape Architecture students may focus in their own area of interest, while broadening their perspectives across disciplines.

Blending research, creativity, design and technical skills toward developing well-rounded professionals is at the heart of the Landscape Architecture curricula.

Degree Requirements

The Landscape Architecture Program at MSU offers several degrees, including the five-year Dual Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)/Master of Environmental Design (MED) degree program, a 4.5-year accredited BLA degree, a MED degree, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree with a concentration in environmental design.

Dual BLA/MED Degrees

To satisfy the dual degree requirements of the BLA/MED degree, students must take a total of 154 credits. The BLA is 130 credit hours and the MED is 24 credit hours with the potential for nine hours linked from the BLA (totaling 33 MED credit hours) as outlined below.

The BLA and MED courses must be taken sequentially, because the curriculum is structured along an “integrated course model.” More detailed descriptions of both degrees are listed below

Design and creative thought lie at the center of the curriculum and are expressed as a 10-course design studio sequence, which begins in year one. An eight-week Study Abroad experience is integrated into the course sequence in the Spring of year three for which dual degree BLA/MED students are eligible. Study Abroad creates a transition point for students to the graduate course work and real world application of knowledge and skills.

Dual BLA/MED Degree Requirements and Course Sequencing*
Landscape Architecture Courses General Ed (University Requirements)
FIRST, SECOND & THIRD YEARS UG CREDITS FOURTH & FIFTH YEARS UG CREDITS GD CREDITS
Fall Year 1 16 Fall Year 4 11 6
LA 140 Graphics & 2-D Design Studio 4 LA 447 Juried Design Studio 5 N/A
LA 200 Introduction to LA 3 LA/HRT/PRR/HED 816 Environmental Design Theory N/A 3
MTH 116 College Algebra & Trigonometry 5 IDES 892 Research Fund. for Human Env. & Dsgn. N/A 3
WRA 1XX Tier 1 Writing 4 XX Electives 6 N/A
Spring Year 1 17 Spring Year 4 13 3
LA 141 Graphics & 3-D Design Studio 4 LA 448 Regional Environmental Design Studio 2 N/A
PDC 120 Planning & Design Digital Graphics 2 UP 424 GIS for Planners & Designers 3 N/A
HRT 291 Landscape Plants II
3 LA/HRT/PRR/HED 883 Environmental Design Seminar N/A 3
ISS 2XX Integrative Studies
4 IAH 21X Arts & Humanities II 4 N/A
PLB 105 Plant Biology 3 XX Electives 4 N/A
PLB 106 Plant Biology Laboratory 1 Fall Year 5 10 6
Summer Year 1 (Optional) 9

LA 817 Environmental Design Studio
or
LA 449 Landscape Architecture Design Studio

N/A

3

3

N/A

LA GCU AutoCAD Proficiency 3 LA 480 Professional Practice 3 N/A
PDC 120 Planning & Design Digital Graphics 2 LA 899/898 Thesis/Practicum N/A 3
ISS 310 History of Environmental Design (Specific LA Section) 4 XX Electives 4 (BA only) to 7 (dual)
Fall Year 2 16

TOTAL BACHELOR DEGREE CREDITS



130



N/A


LA 242 Creating Space Studio 4
LA 230 Construction Materials & Methods 4
HRT 211 Landscape Plants 1 3
CEM 141 Chemistry 4
CEM 161 Chemistry Lab
1 Spring Year 5 (Grad Standing: Must be enrolled in 9 cr. hr.) N/A 9
Spring Year 2 16 LA 899/898 Thesis/Practicum N/A 3
LA 243 Place Making Studio 4 XX Electives Grad N/A 6
LA 231 Landscape Site Engineering 4

TOTAL MASTERS DEGREE CREDITS

9 linked credits from BLA, plus 24 additional grad credits

HRT 311 Planting Design Studio 4
ISS 310 History of Environmental Design (Specific LA Section) 4
Fall Year 3 16
LA 344 Connections of Scale Studio 5
LA 332 Advanced Landscape Site Engineering 4
IAH 20X Arts & Humanities I 4
EC 20X Micro or Macro Economics 3
Spring Year 3 12
LA 345 Design Development Studio 5
LA 390 Landscape Architecture Field Studies 3
LA 421 Drawing as Knowing 4
Electives or internship, as needed  

*Curriculum notes:

  1. BLA electives taken after admitted into upper division, 300 level and above courses.
  2. Must count LA 817 as a linked course.  Up to 6 additional linked credit hours in the MED is only with approval of the guidance committee.  Linked courses must be taken after acceptance by the Grad school (4th year)
  3. A minimum of 6 credit hours in Graduate standing must be in residence at the MSU campus.
  4. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be enrolled in at Graduate standing.
  5. Courses taken during dual enrollment (undergraduate status) do not count towards requirements 3 and 4.

The Accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Degree

The BLA degree program is structured around a dynamic design studio sequence and classroom learning environment. Core BLA classes and design studios are complimented by the natural and social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

An eight-week Study Abroad experience is integrated into the curriculum sequence in the spring semester of year three for which BLA students are eligible.

Blending creativity, design, site engineering and technical skills, and developing well-rounded professionals are at the heart of the curriculum.The BLA requires a total of 130 credit hours as outlined below. Check out the university's requirements for the undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture.

BLA Degree Requirements and Course Sequencing*

Requirements for admission to Fall Year 3 Upper Division courses are showing in italics.

FIRST & SECOND YEARS CREDITS THIRD & FOURTH YEARS
(UPPER DIVISION)
CREDITS
Fall Year 1 Fall Year 3
LA 140 Graphics and 2D Design Studio 4 LA 332 Advance Landscape Site Engineering 4
LA 200 Introduction to Landscape Architecture 3 LA 344 Connections of Scale Studio 5
University Courses 6-9 Spring Year 3 Study Abroad
Spring Year 1 LA 345 Design Development Studio 5
LA 141 Graphics and 3D Design Studio 4 LA 390 Field Studies 3
PDC 120 Digital Graphics 2 LA 421 Drawing as Knowing 4
HRT 212 Ornamental Shrubs 3 Fall Year 4
University Courses 3-6 LA 447 Juried Design Studio 5
Fall Year 2 Spring Year 4
LA 230 Site Construction Materials and Methods 4 LA 448 Regional Environmental Design Studio  2
LA 242 Creating Spaces Studio 4 Fall Year 4.5
HRT 211 Ornamental Trees 3 LA 480 Professional Office Practice 3
University Courses 6-9 LA 449 Landscape Architecture Studio 3
Spring Year 2 Directed Electives to Reach 130 Credits
LA 231 Landscape Site Engineering 4
LA 243 Place Making Studio 4 TOTAL BACHELOR
DEGREE CREDITS
130
HRT 311 Planting Design Studio 4
ISS 310 History of Environmental Design (Specific LA Section) 4
General University Requirements Credits Other University Requirements Credits
WRA 101 College Writing 4 IAH 201-210 Arts and Humanities I 4
ISS 2XX Introduction to Social Sciences 4 IAH 211+ Arts and Humanities II 4
CEM 141 Chemistry 4 EC 201 or 202 Micro or Macro Economics




3




CEM 161 Chemistry Lab 1
PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
PLB 106 Plant Biology Lab 1
IDES 240 or CAD Equiv. Computer Aided Design 3
MTH 116 College Algebra and Trigonometry 5 Or MTH 103 Algebra + MTH 114 Trigonometry 6

*Note: This is only a guide for completing the BLA degree. Students must meet with their Academic Advisor each semester to ensure proper course scheduling for timely completion of the degree.

Master of Arts in Environmental Design (MED) Degree

The Master of Arts in Environmental Design Degree (MED) in SPDC is shared by the Interior Design and the Landscape Architecture programs. The MED program is a post-professional degree that provides graduate students with advanced knowledge and understanding. We train prospective or practicing professionals to address the complex interdisciplinary nature of environmental design.

The graduate program is designed to provide an alternative to traditional professional degrees by addressing the needs of students with undergraduate design backgrounds who wish to work in an interdisciplinary setting while pursuing an area of individual interest.

Students will develop a highly individualized program of study with the guidance of their faculty advisors. Students who are enrolled in the MED program will be able to take courses on human environment and design, construction management, social science, environmental resource development, urban planning, statistics or education, in addition to courses in each major.

What Are Core Areas of Study?
  • Social and Behavioral Science in Planning and Design.
  • Ecological and Natural Resource Science in Planning and Design.
  • Humanities and Arts in Planning and Design.
  • Built Environment in Planning and Design.
  • Landscape Engineering in Planning and Design.
Who Can Apply?

This graduate program is intended for students holding an accredited undergraduate degree in one of the major design professions. Students with prior degrees in fields, including:

  • Interior design.
  • Landscape architecture.
  • Architecture.
  • Graphic design.
  • Urban design.
  • A related design field.

Prospective master’s students are encouraged to reach out to our interior design and landscape architecture faculty members to champion their applications. Numerous opportunities exist to receive support for your academic journey through scholarships, fellowships and assistantships.

Admission Requirements
  • Possess a four-year degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Provide scores from GRE. Admission requires a minimum combined score of 297 on verbal and quantitative sections, with an analytical writing score of no less than 3.5.
  • Submit TOEFL scores if you are an international applicant. Admission requires a minimum average score of:
    • Computer-Based: 213 with no sub-score below 19.
    • Internet-Based: 80 with no sub-score below 19 for reading, listening and speaking; and no sub-score below 22 for writing.
    • Paper-Based: 550 (paper-based) with no sub-score below 52.
Professional Development Areas

The MED addresses four areas of professional development. These include:

  1. Acquisition of in-depth knowledge in the area of environmental design theory;
  2. Development of problem-solving skills within an interdisciplinary professional context;
  3. Development of technological expertise and knowledge based in a selected area of environmental design; and
  4. Advanced ability in graphic, written and oral communications skills.
Degree Requirements

A student must complete 33 course credits for the degree under either Plan A (thesis option) or Plan B (report option).

  1. Plan A Thesis Option: The thesis, based on original research, is designed to facilitate student endeavors related to environmental design science, conducting a research investigation and publishing results.
  2. Plan B Research Project Option: The research project option allows students to explore, through planning and design, the creation and practical application of precedents, normative theories processes, technology, ordinances, philosophies and related ideas.
Master's Handbook and Academic Program of Study

Download the Master's Handbook (2015, 2016, 2017) for more information. All graduate students must complete and have a signed 2016 Academic Program of Study on file with the School. The MED students should consult with their faculty advisor and file original and amended forms as appropriate. Note: This PDF is an Acrobat form and must be opened with the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If a “Please wait…” page pops up when you clicked the PDF link, then go back to the previous page and simply right-click on the link from your browser and select save. Then, you can open up the file using your Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Design and Construction - Environmental Design Concentration

The Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Design and Construction with a concentration in environmental design resides in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, and is shared by the Interior Design and the Landscape Architecture programs. We train prospective or practicing professionals to address the complex interdisciplinary nature of environmental design. The doctoral program prepares students for advanced research careers and teaching in universities.

This degree is intended for individuals who wish to obtain advanced knowledge and skills in research, which can make a scholarly contribution to the body of knowledge in the discipline of environment and design. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the effects of plans, regulations, design, materials, project management techniques and construction systems on the economic, environmental and social concerns of stakeholders and society.

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Applied and in-depth knowledge in the discipline of environment and design.
  • An integrative approach to planning, design and construction, due to the multidisciplinary nature of our school.
  • Enhanced opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Connectivity to world-class practitioners and scholars.
  • Internationally diverse and dynamic campus life.
  • Enhanced support for international students and scholars via MSU’s well-established programs.

What Are Core Areas of Study?

  • Social and Behavioral Science in Planning and Design.
  • Ecological and Natural Resource Science in Planning and Design.
  • Humanities and Arts in Planning and Design.
  • Built Environment and Health Sciences in Planning and Design.
  • Landscape Engineering in Planning and Design.

Who Can Apply?

Preferred backgrounds: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in allied design areas, such as:

  • Interior design.
  • Landscape architecture.
  • Architecture.
  • Graphic design.
  • Urban design.
  • A related design field.

What Are Admission Requirements?

  • Possess a master’s degree from a related field.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Provide GRE scores. Admission requires a minimum combined score of 301 on verbal and quantitative sections, with an analytical writing score of no less than 4.0.
  • Submit TOEFL scores if you are an international applicant:
    • Computer-Based: 235 with no sub-scores below 19.
    • Internet-Based: 90 with no sub-scores below 19 for reading, listening and speaking; and no writing sub-score below 22.
    • Paper-Based: 575 with no sub-scores below 52.

Admission to the doctoral program is on a rolling basis. For priority consideration, applications should be received by:

  • Fall semester admission: February 15.
  • Spring semester admission: August 15.

Prospective doctoral students are encouraged to reach out to our interior design and landscape architecture faculty members to champion their applications.

Degree Requirements

Students will develop a highly individualized program of study with the guidance of their faculty advisors. A student must complete a minimum of 45 course credits for the degree.

Download the degree requirements and the PhD Student Handbook (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) for more information.

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Undergraduate Degree

derosa_web_011718Susan Derosa
Temporary Academic Advisor - Undergraduate Programs
Landscape Architecture
(517) 432-3397
derosa@msu.edu  



 Master's Degree and PhD Degrees

Prospective MED and PhD students are encouraged to reach out to our interior design and landscape architecture faculty members to champion their applications.

Scholarships and Internship Opportunities

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