The Master of Landscape Architecture, MLA, professional degree program seeks applicants whose abilities and academic and professional achievement suggest the potential for professional leadership. The program prepares individuals for the full range of activities involved in the practice of landscape architecture. The curriculum is comprehensive and rigorous, providing an intellectual base of knowledge in history, theory, applied natural sciences, technology, and professional practice. Particular emphasis is given to developing mastery of design through a series of intensive design studios that investigate the broad range of landscape scales, from garden to region, that characterize the practice of landscape architecture.
The course of study extends the base of knowledge of the professional field through graduate study with a particular emphasis on the design of the physical environment. It provides those who have already demonstrated professional competence with the opportunity to advance their theoretical and analytical skills. A broad choice of studio options permits students to integrate material presented in lectures and seminars in landscape design and in related areas of study at Colorado State University. Students can select from a range of courses in design, history, theory, technology, applied natural sciences, plants, and professional practice. Students pursue special interests through coursework that builds knowledge in a selected focus area. The focus areas may include Cultural and Historic Landscapes, Landscape Ecology, Landscape Restoration and Reclamation, Regional and Community Planning, Remote Sensing/GIS, and Semi-Arid/Western Landscapes.