Master of Landscape Architecture

I Want to Make a Difference

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) will help prepare you for leadership and interdisciplinary teamwork that will sustain the urban, regional, and global landscape in a prosperous and dynamic equilibrium.

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This STEM MLA program is an immersive experience with a curriculum that promotes the synthesis of art and science to balance human activity with natural systems.

The Master of Landscape Architecture is the only one in the nation to require a full semester of co-op study. The licensed profession of landscape architecture has led the way in sustainable, landscape design for more than 100 years. Our alumni are leading projects to implement urban design and green infrastructure, reclaim exhausted and damaged lands, revitalize neighborhoods, enhance community development, and advance projects of local significance.

A uniqueness to our MLA program is that it can be completed in two-years. Our program begins each summer followed by 5 consecutive semesters with one of those a Co-op semester.

Student Testimonials


Rachel Carr | MLA '25

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Jessica Frazier | MLA '24

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Ayesha Syed | MLA '24

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Rachel Carr

MLA '25

DAAP prepares students for the practice of landscape architecture, not just the study of landscape architecture. I chose to study at UC to be a practitioner, not just a student.

Rachel Carr, 1st Year MLA

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Jessica Frazier

MLA '24

I chose DAAP to be part of a large design college surrounded by creativity. DAAP has one-of-a-kind programs and certificates that really enhance your education.

Jessica Frazier, 2nd Year MLA

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Ayesha Syed

MLA '24

I was always inclined toward designing, especially outdoor spaces. Landscape Architecture is a unique field as it is a perfect blend of urban planning and architecture. DAAP offers a concise two-year program that includes a Co-op experience, drawing me here.

Ayesha Syed, 2nd Year MLA

Student Work

Urban Escapes project cover by DAAPworks Directors' Choice Awardee, Gauri Patil.

Gauri Patil | Urban Escapes

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Jordan Furlong | Unearthing Memory

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Lucas De Brito | Fairgrounds 360

Curriculum, Accreditation & Licensure

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree is an accredited program recognized by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). The MLA program’s next scheduled accreditation review is Spring 2027.

The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree is an accredited program recognized by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB).   The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) writes, administers, and grades the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination (LARE).

Many states now allow applicants to begin taking the exam following graduation – but not all.  CLARB provides the latest information on state rules regarding when

Applicants can begin taking the exam.  The Ohio Licensing Board provides information for applications for landscape architecture licensure.

The Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB; requires public posting of this information about the Master of Landscape Architecture Program. 

  • The University of Cincinnati is ranked fourth in the nation for co-op and internships (U.S. News Best Colleges 2022)
  • UC students earn $75 million collectively in annual co-op earnings (2022)
  • Global and nationwide opportunities to work with thousands of companies from startups to Fortune 500s, community non-profits and beyond

Master of Landscape Architecture Admissions

The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Landscape Architecture program features an immersive experience and a proven curriculum. Interested in learning more? Check out our admissions requirements or request more information.

DAAP Graduate Admissions Staff:

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Lora D Alberto

Program Director for Graduate Studies and Research


Connect with our MLA Graduate Program

MLA Program Director:

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Barry W. Kew, PLA, ASLA

MLA Program Staff:

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Emily Paolucci

Graduate Program Coordinator, Master of Landscape Architecture

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Andrea Jeffers

Program Coordinator

MLA Graduate Student Ambassador:

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Jessica Frazier

Graduate Student

MLA Faculty

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Barry W Kew

Professor - Educator


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Sangyong Cho

Asst Professor


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Jiahe Bian

Asst Professor


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Leah M. Hollstein

Assistant Professor


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Frederick E. Lutt

Assoc Professor - Educator


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Stevie Famulari

Asst Professor - Visiting


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Hye Yeon Park

Asst Professor - Visiting


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