Overview of Master of Landscape Architecture Programs
There are two curricula leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture degree. The First Professional Program (FPMLA), for those without prior experience in design or Landscape Architecture, begins in the summer and lasts 3 years. The Post Professional Program (PPMLA), for those who have a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, begins in the fall and lasts 2 years.
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.
During the summers, 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
First Professional Master’s students join undergraduate students on a week-long field trip visiting urban environments including such destinations as San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. Students visit noteworthy built projects and prominent professional firms and public agencies.