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Landscape Architecture Program Accreditation

Penn State has a five-year accredited undergraduate degree (BLA) and two graduate degrees: a three-year accredited MLA and a two-year MSLA.

Our BLA undergraduate curriculum and our MLA graduate curriculum are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). The mission of LAAB is to evaluate, advocate for, and advance the quality of education in landscape architectural programs. LAAB establishes standards that will ensure that current and future practitioners understand, obtain and maintain the knowledge, skills and abilities required to practice landscape architecture in the future. Penn State’s landscape architecture department comes up for accreditation review every six years. At its last accreditation, our undergraduate program was found to be among the top programs in the country. Our MLA program is accredited by LAAB and the next accreditation visit is scheduled for Spring 2019.

Program Rankings

Design Intelligence 2015 Design Program Rankings
Penn State BLA is:
#2 nationwide
#1 in the East

Top 10 nationwide since 2005
8 of those years in top 5
4 of those years in top 3

Penn State 2015 Landscape Architecture skills assessment (nationwide BLA and MLA rankings)
#5 Communication Skills
#5 Design Skills
#4 Computer Applications
#5 Cross-Disciplinary Teamwork

Costs of Attendance

Undergraduate (BLA, in-state)
Billable costs:  $28,050 per year
Non-billable costs:  $2,200 (books estimate)
Total:  $30,250 per year

Undergraduate (BLA, out-of-state)
Billable:  $41,000
Non-billable:  2,200
Total:  $43,200

Graduate (MLA, in-state)
Billable:  $19,746
Non-billable: $15,450 (includes rent, meals, books)
Total: $35,196

Graduate (MLA, out-of-state)
Billable: $33,110
Non-billable: $15,450
Total: $48,560

Demographics

Gender Undergraduate Graduate
Female 55% 50%
Male 45% 50%
Race/Ethnicity Undergraduate Graduate
White 74% 32%
Asian 7% 5%
Black 2% 0%
Hawaiian/Pacific Island 1% 0%
Hispanic 1% 0%
Indian 1% 0%
International 16% 63%
Residency Undergraduate Graduate
PA Resident 63% 25%
Non-PA Resident 25% 75%

Graduation Statistics

Graduation Rates BLA MLA MSLA
Number of semesters to complete degree (regular) 10 6 4
Graduated within regular timeframe 95% 67% 100%

Graduate Employment Statistics

BLA

  • 77.5% – Private LARCH Employment
  • 2.5% – Public LARCH Employment
  • 5% – Higher Education (Study or Employed)
  • 5% – Employed outside design profession
  • 10% – Unemployed or unknown

MLA

  • 50% – Higher Education
  • 50% – Private LARCH Employment

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