Master of Landscape Architecture Program
Sustainability is at the core of the University of Michigan’s Master of Landscape Architecture program. Embedded within the interdisciplinary School for Environment and Sustainability, this field of study offers the ideal context for training change-driven leaders in ecological design.
Here, you will learn to employ ecological principles authentically in environmentally responsible design—from the center of redeveloping cities to changing rural landscapes. Aesthetic theory, cultural engagement, ecological function, technical skill, and environmental justice all figure prominently in the program, which dynamically evolves in response to new knowledge in the environmental sciences.
Graduates of the Landscape Architecture program are known for their ability to synthesize information about ecological processes and systems, human behavior, cultural/political institutions, and urban patterns to create sustainable landscapes that work aesthetically, ecologically, socially, technically, and economically.
Our three-year accredited MLA program prepares students from a wide variety of undergraduate backgrounds for careers in landscape architecture. A two-year MLA option is available for those that already have an accredited degree in landscape architecture or a closely related field.
Studio experience is at the heart of the curriculum. At SEAS, studio content and pedagogy teach you to imagine and construct landscapes that not only support, inspire, and respond to myriad human needs, but that also respect and protect community traditions and irreplaceable natural systems and resources.
- Place and Environment
- Ecological Site Design I & II
- Urban Stormwater: Science, Design, and Management
- Metropolitan Dynamics Studio
- Materials and Methods
- Ecological Restoration
- Ecological Planting Design Studio
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