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New funding opportunities for MSinLA students

The Penn State Department of Landscape Architecture has announced exciting opportunities in its post-professional, research-focused, 2-year MSinLA graduate program and is actively recruit well-qualified students for admission to the MSinLA for the fall of 2016.

Competitive students have the potential to receive full tuition from Penn State (value of $16,460 annually) plus 1/2-time (20 hours) graduate assistant appointment over 36 weeks per year starting at $16,500.00. In all, we are investing more than $60,000 in each incoming post-professional graduate student starting in the fall 2016.

We are eager to provide students with opportunities to:

  • Develop in-depth design analysis and computing skills
  • Teach and assist in our nationally-ranked undergraduate BLA program
  • Engage a world class and internationally ranked university
  • Develop international breadth and depth to work
  • Participate in cutting edge design, research and scholarship, addressing global challenges

The department is nationally and internationally recognized for cultural and environmental design, research, and scholarship. Graduate students interested in developing sophisticated skills in diverse areas such as environmental justice, stormwater management, geodesign, and cultural landscapes can investigate these topics by leveraging innovative methods and technologies, like spatial analysis and remote sensing using GIS, environmental and 3D modeling and representation. Particularly with the department's new funding commitment, prospective students are limited only by their imagination, creativity, and commitment.


Our two-year post-professional MSinLA program is a research-focused degree emphasizing advanced scholarship for individuals who seek to gain expertise in a specific topical area of landscape architecture. Students in the MSinLA program have the opportunity to participate in sponsored research within our school’s centers, as well as in centers and institutes University-wide. MSinLA students also can pursue a “dual title” degree in Landscape Architecture and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment (HDNRE).

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For students interested in pursuing a PhD, our 2 year MSinLA serves as the foundation for our Stuckeman School PhD in Architecture – a research-centered degree supporting concentrated inquiry and pedagogy in Architecture or Landscape Architecture. This program is distinguished by students’ expansive opportunity to collaborate with our award-winning faculty, as well as to draw upon the resources of a major research university (RU/VH rated) to enrich and broaden their scholarship.

For information about the PhD program, visit:


Landscape architecture has a number of funded research opportunities investigating these general topics in a diversity of settings, including Africa (Community Engagement in Tanzania); North America (Green Infrastructure Planning and Design, Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative Planning); Mexico and Central America (lowland tropical forest studies coupled to environmental modeling and remote sensing); and Europe (Historic and Cultural landscapes studies).

Student reviewing and drawing on complex, brightly colored city waterfront map