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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 

These are estimates. For a personal estimate, students are encouraged to use the Tuition and College Cost Estimator at 

Undergraduate (BLA, in-state)

Billable Costs:  $29,716 (Includes Tuition, Fees, Room, Meals)
Non-billable Costs: $1,840 (Includes Books)
Total: $31,556

Undergraduate (BLA, out-of-state)
Billable Costs:  $44,944
Non-billable Costs: $1,840 (Includes Books)
Total:  $46,784

Graduate (MLA, in-state, on-campus resident)
Billable Costs:  $35,852 (Includes Tuition, Fees, Room, Meals)
Non-billable Costs: $1,840 (Includes Books)
Total: $37,692

Graduate (MLA, out-of-state, on-campus resident)
Billable Costs:  $50,702 (Includes Tuition, Fees, Room, Meals)
Non-billable Costs: $1,840 (Includes Books)
Total: $52,546


Gender Undergraduate Graduate
Female 52% 78%
Male 48% 22%
Race/Ethnicity Undergraduate Graduate
Mixed (Two or more races) 1% 32%
Unknown 22% 32%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 5%
Asian 4% 0%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Island 1% 0%
Black/African-American 4% 0%
Hispanic/Latino 5% 0%
White/non-Hispanic 63% 63%
Residency Undergraduate Graduate
PA Resident 57% 11%
Non-PA Resident 43% 89%
Origin Undergraduate Graduate
Domestic 81% 25%
International 19% 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


  • 63% – Private LARCH Employment
  • 1% – Public LARCH Employment
  • 7% – Higher Education (Study or Employed)
  • 7% – Employed outside design profession
  • 22% – Unemployed or unknown


  • 14% – Higher Education
  • 43% – Private LARCH Employment
  • 43% – Unemployed or unknown


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Facilities tours and studio visits are offered most Fridays (by appointment) at 1:30 P.M. Please contact Kelly to schedule a visit so we may ensure students and faculty are available.

Kelly Praskovich, Director of Enrollment

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