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M.Arch – MLA

The concurrent degree program in Architecture and Landscape Architecture integrates the ecological and social factors with the design and construction of buildings and landscapes. It embraces shared interests of the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture: culturally-based place making, historic preservation, integrated design, urban context and design, and sustainable/ green design. The program prepares its graduates to become licensed architects and/or landscape architects poised to address urgent global and local issues related to the built environment through enlightened, responsible, and imaginative practice, activism and leadership.

The concurrent degree program allows incoming and current students in the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programs to study both disciplines in a rigorous, predictable, and efficient way. The program promotes engagement and collaboration among students and faculty in both programs while strengthening and diversifying program offerings within the college. The program builds upon other successful concurrent degree programs in the College of Built Environments, where interdisciplinary education, collaboration and practice have been identified as a priority.

For application requirements and materials, see M.Arch Admissions.


The curriculum of the concurrent degree program in Architecture and Landscape Architecture varies based upon the undergraduate degree of incoming students. For those that do not possess one or both of the undergraduate degrees (BA in Arch or BLA), there is 1 to 2 years of preparatory coursework. In architecture, coursework stresses the fundamentals of design, architectural graphics, architectural history, construction, structures and environmental control systems. In landscape architecture, the preparatory year curriculum focuses on urban and ecological design, site design, representation and history. Year One is primarily comprised of the core studios and required classes of the Architecture program, while Year Two covers parallel material in the Landscape program. The program culminates in thesis preparation at the beginning of Year Three with thesis in the Winter & Spring  of the following year.

Download a PDF of the M.Arch-MLA Concurrent Degree Curriculum.

The M.Arch degree is an accredited professional degree for architecture. Becoming a licensed architect requires work experience and a licensing examination in addition to this degree. Refer to the following table for more information.