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MLA Curriculum

The UC MLA has three program options: 

           MLA I:  80 credit, 6 semester First Professional Degree with a
           minimum of one co-op experience (summer admission only).

           MLA IIA: 49 credit, 5 semester Post Professional degree with a  
           minimum of two co-ops (fall admission only).

           MLA IIB: 49 credit, 4 semester Post Professional degree with a
           minimum of one co-op experience (fall admission only) and a
           thesis project in DAAP fields (planning, architecture, design, art).

           MLA I/MCP: 120 credit, 9 semester First Professional MLA 1
           (accreditation candidacy) and Accredited MCP, with a minimum
           of two co-ops (summer admission only).

The MLA I First Professional Degree is intended for those with no prior experience in landscape architecture, planning, or design fields who intend to pursue professional licensure as a landscape architect. The MLA I degree program at UC will further the intellectual discourse with research, creative work, cooperative education, and service to support and challenge the public, private, and academic practice of the profession.

As a first-professional degree program, the MLA I provides the body of knowledge common to the profession and promotes acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to enter the professional practice of landscape architecture. Professional studies at the master’s level also provide instruction in and application of research and scholarly methods. 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 I program provides the additional potential for a dual degree with the Master of Community Planning program.

The MLA IIA and MLA IIB are programs for those with a background in landscape architecture, planning, or design fields. These options offer an opportunity to contribute to an integrated, interdisciplinary research and design program that can be linked to DAAP’s established programs in art, design, architecture, and planning. Students in this group of multi-disciplinary designers will be able to uniquely contextualize complex problems that are defined by large-scale systems of landscape ecologies, urban forces, economies, and social conditions.

Read on about the curriculum structure here.