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Texas A&M University College of Architecture


MLA Overview

MLA Overview

The MLA program has been in existence since 1958. Since that time the program's mission has been to train "entry level" professional landscape architects. Landscape Architecture is the profession that provides landscape planning, design and management services to enhance and protect natural and built environments. Landscape architecture as a discipline is devoted to understanding and managing the human and environmental forces that change the landscape. Landscape architects plan and design places for the health, safety and welfare of citizens through systematic decisions-making that integrates science, art and technology. These decisions help create, protect and improve landscapes thereby enhancing individual and community quality of life.

Our curriculum focuses on design, construction and planning components as well as the visual quality, research and technological aspects of the field. Computer graphics, G.I.S., erosion control and plant material courses are also offered. In addition the program offers professional practice, history and research methods courses to round out the student's education.

The mission of the Masters of Landscape Architecture program is to prepare students to become professional landscape architects in the private and/or public sector of practice. Our MLA graduates are educated in a manner so as to be competent in the spatial configuration, environmental design and land use planning strategy formulation of land use plans to solve landscape problems. Our curriculum is structured to influence our teaching and professional instruction to foster critical analysis and critical thinking in our students. We strive to build a knowledge base of how humans investigate, interact with and benefit from connections with the natural and built environment. We encourage our students to be life-long learners and leaders in their field.

Our graduates are motivated to be life-long learners capable of independent and interdisciplinary leadership in the field of landscape architecture. Employment opportunities are found at the state, regional and national level in private firms, governmental agencies, municipal planning and design offices and interdisciplinary firms. 

The graduate and undergraduate programs in landscape architecture at Texas A&M University were ranked #2 among the nation’s best in the 2015 edition of "The Best Colleges 2015"