There are two curricula leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture degree. The First Professional Program is for those without an LAAB-accredited degree in Landscape Architecture. The Post Professional Program is for those who already hold an accredited bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture.
Thesis or Terminal Project
Master’s students have the option of producing either a thesis or a terminal project. Students with a research focus are encouraged to produce a thesis. The thesis establishes a hypothesis that is tested through established research methods appropriate to the field of design. The thesis is writing-intensive and must adhere to the University of Florida’s Graduate School formatting and timeline.
The terminal project establishes a hypothesis that is tested through critical application and reflective analysis. The terminal project allows for greater flexibility in formatting and does not require adherence to the Graduate School format or timeline requirements.
Historic Archive of Theses and Terminal Projects
During the summer following the second year of the FPMLA, students have the opportunity to hold an internship position under the guidance of a registered landscape architect. This experience helps students develop skills as practitioners and fosters perspective on both professional and academic levels.
Required Field Trip
FPMLA students join undergraduate students on a week-long field trip visiting urban environments including such destinations as San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and New York City. Students visit noteworthy built projects and prominent professional firms and public agencies.