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Landscape Architecture Program Accreditation

Penn State has a professionally accredited undergraduate degree (BLA) and a professionally accredited graduate degree (MLA).  Both provide students the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to pursue professional practice and licensure in landscape architecture.

Our BLA undergraduate curriculum and our MLA graduate curriculum both 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 ensure that current and future practitioners understand, obtain and maintain the knowledge, skills and abilities required to practice landscape architecture in the future.

As with other professionally accredited landscape architecture programs, Penn State’s BLA and MLA undergo accreditation review every six years. The BLA was most recently reviewed in spring 2017, and obtained glowing praise from the accreditation team.  Our MLA program was initially accredited by LAAB in 2013, and the next accreditation visit is scheduled for Spring 2019.

Program Rankings

Design Intelligence 201617 Design Program Rankings
Penn State BLA is:
#2 nationwide
#1 in the East

Top 10 nationwide since 2006–07
6 of those years in top 3
10 of those years in top 10

Penn State 201617 Landscape Architecture skills assessment (nationwide BLA and MLA rankings)

#5 Construction Methods and Materials
#5 Research

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


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


  • 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


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