Environmental Design (M.A.)

Master of Arts in Environmental Design

Environmental design graduate students meeting and discussing digital and hard-copy plan documents.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:
    • Internet-Based: 80 with no sub-score below 19 for reading, listening and speaking; and no sub-score below 22 for writing.

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

Download the Master's Handbook (2019, 2020, 2021) for more information.

Contact Us

School of Planning, Design and Construction
Human Ecology Building, Room 101

Meet Your Advisor

For academic, research and program-related inquiries.

Jun-Hyun Kim

Jun-Hyun Kim

Associate Professor and Program Director of Landscape Architecture and Master of Arts in Environmental Design Programs
School of Planning, Design and Construction

Graduate Secretary

For application, admission and administrative inquiries.