Penn State University

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Department of Landscape Architecture

Current Students

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 is in the candidacy stage and will be become accredited upon the first class graduating.

We have a carefully crafted schedule of courses, which is reviewed every year to allow for refinement and improvement of the curriculum. Changes to the prescribed sequence of courses may occur from time to time and close consultation with your appointed faculty advisor will assist you in taking advantage of curriculum changes as well as new opportunities within the department. Your advisor can also help you think about getting a minor and counsel you on the various elective and general education requirement courses.