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Master of Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture


The profession of landscape architecture has led the way in sustainable design for more than 100 years. From the residential garden to the regional transportation plan, the practice of landscape architecture spans the spectrum of human intervention on the land as well as the stewardship of the earth’s natural resources. Landscape architects are leading projects of global significance.

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program at the University of Cincinnati (UC) is founded on the regional resources, assets, and challenges of the Cincinnati region and the Ohio River Valley, the contemporary practice of landscape architecture and its broad applications of regenerative planning, design, and stewardship, and the synthesis of art and science to balance human activity with natural systems.

The program surpasses the minimum expectations of accreditation to produce graduates who are prepared for leadership and interdisciplinary teamwork that will sustain the urban, regional, and global landscape in a prosperous and dynamic equilibrium.  The MLA program at the University of Cincinnati is distinguished by:

        Cooperative Education (Co-op)
        UC’s unique cooperative education program combines academic
        semesters of study in landscape architecture with placement in         professional work environments, thereby creating a program structure
        that balances academic inquiry with industry application to foster and
        develop robust professional knowledge and judgment. By graduation, an
        MLA student will have worked at least one full semester directly in the
        field of landscape architecture in

        North   America or internationally, for a full-time employer gaining hands
        on experience. This work experience is built directly into the MLA’s         curriculum, providing graduates with a significant advantage in the post
        graduation job market and a head start on internship requirements
        for licensure.

        Location within the School of Planning and the College
        of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP)

        DAAP programs in allied fields and disciplines are top-ranked and
        accessible to students in the MLA program. This includes Fine Arts,
        Industrial and Transportation Design, Architecture, and Urban Design.
        The MLA’s home in the School of Planning in DAAP aligns the MLA with
        the contemporary practice of urban studies and planning.

        Focus on the urban environment

        The MLA at DAAP focuses on the urban environment, the scene of
        habitation for the majority of the world’s population, to provide maximum
        relevance and preparation for practice.


Program Costs 

CLICK HERE for details about tuition, fees, and other associated costs. Please note that these costs are for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

Additional Information 

If you have additional questions about the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Cincinnati, please send an email to this address: 


For information regarding submitting your application or attaching required materials, please contact the Graduate School Help Desk at 513-556-1496 or email gradhelpdesk@uc.edu.


Cooperative Education

UC’s unique cooperative education program combines academic semesters of study in landscape architecture with placement in professional work environments, thereby creating a program structure that balances academic inquiry with industry application to foster and develop robust professional knowledge and judgment.

Areas of Research and Partnerships

The MLA program has access to many established community connections and partnerships.  These partnerships enable MLA students to focus on areas of research of interest to them, such as environmental art, urban agriculture, urban landscapes, industrial design, green roofs, urban design, architecture, or sustainability and regenerative design.

Existing relationships and alliances include internationally acclaimed landmark institutions like Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens; not-for-profit agencies such as Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, the Civic Garden Center, Building Value/Easter Seals, and Lawn Life; government agencies such as Cincinnati Parks, Hamilton County Parks, the Metropolitan Sewer District, Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, and the City of Cincinnati.

The MLA program is also an active partner with UC’s Community Design Center. The Center is the host of the Niehoff Studio, an interdisciplinary program that addresses issues in the urban environment including food networks, transportation, housing, and other contemporary conditions. The Center enables students and faculty from a variety of UC programs, including DAAP’s planning and design programs as well as the environmental and civil engineering programs, to work in a collaborative environment with community partners.


Further Information

Virginia L. Russell, FASLA

Director, Landscape Architecture Program

School of Planning

Email: Virginia.russell@uc.edu

Phone: 513.556.1135


More information about education, licensure, and careers in the profession of Landscape Architecture can found at these websites:

American Society of Landscape Architects asla.org

Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards clarb.org

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture thecela.org

Landscape Architecture Foundation laf.org

Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects ohioasla.org

Landscape Architecture Magazine landscapearchitecturemagazine.org

Landscape Journal  lj.uwpress.org