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Curriculum Tracks

Our curricula include seminars and workshops in history, natural systems, technology, and visualization, coupled with a sequence of design studios and interdisciplinary electives in sustainability, architecture, visual arts, and urban planning, among others. Below are sample sequences for the 75-credit MLA, the 36-credit MSLA, and the 150-credit BSAED MLA 3+2 degree options. 

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) - 75 credits

The MLA is a three-year, professionally accredited degree for individuals seeking to become landscape architects and have no previous background in design. The degree consists of 66 core and 9 elective credits, and normally requires six semesters of full-time study. Individuals with previous coursework in design or a professional undergraduate degree in architecture or city and regional planning can apply for Advanced Standing and reduce their total required credits for completion to between 60-75.‚Äč

Year One
Studio I: Environmental Design 6 Studio II: Site Planning 3
Graphics Workshop 3 Digital Visualization + Fabrication 3
Environmental Resources I 3 Topography, Grading & Drainage 3
Urban Plants I 1 Urban Plants II 1
Landscape Architecture History 3
Year Two
Studio III: Nature and the City 3 Studio IV: Communal Landscapes 3
Design & Human Behavior i 3 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
Construction Materials & Methods 3 Environmental Resources II 3
Urban Plants III 1 Plants and Design 3
History II 3 Elective ii 3

Year Three
Studio V: Comprehensive 6 Studio VI: Master's Project 3
Research Methods 3 Professional Practice 3
Elective 3 Elective 3

Total Required Credit Hours 75

Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA) - 36 credits

The MSLA is an advanced two-year degree for individuals who already possess a professional degree in landscape architecture. The option consists of 36 credits and normally requires three semesters of full-time study. Students choosing to enroll part-time may extend their studies over a longer period of time.

Year One
Research Methods 3 Studio Elective 6
Studio Elective 6 Supervised Research 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective  3
     
Year Two
Thesis Studio 6    
Elective 3    
   
Total Credit Hours 36

Accelerated 3+2 (BSAED+MLA) - 150 credits *

The BSAED MLA 3+2 (Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design + MLA) option is open to undergraduate students in their second year of an associate degree program in architecture or landscape architecture, and second and/or third year students enrolled in Morgan State's AREN program. Students pursing this option typically earn the accredited professional MLA degree within five years of full-time study.

Year One
Orientation for Architecture 1 Concepts & Theories of Built Env. I 3
Communication Skills I 3 Communication Skills II (IM) 3
English Composition I (EC) 3 English Composition II (EC) 3
General Education Req. (SB) 3 General Education Req. (SB) 3
General Education Req. (HH) 3 General Education Req. (BP) 4
Algebra, Functional Geo (MQ) 3 16
16
Year Two
Design I 6 Design II 6
Communication Skills III 3 History of the Build Environment II 3
History of the Build Environment I 3 Site Design 3
Building Materials I 3 General Education Req. (CT) 3
Physical Ed. Activity or Fitness 1 15
16
Year Three
Design III: Housing 6 Design IV: Urban Design 6
Design & Human Behavior 3 Landscape Architecture History 3
Plants I 1 Topography, Grading & Drainage 3
General Education Req. (BP) 3 Plants II 1
General Education Req. (AH) 3 General Education Req. (AH) 3
16 16
Year Four
Landscape Architecture Studio III 3 Landscape Architecture Studio IV 3
Construction Materials & Methods 3 Environmental Resources II 3
History II 3 Planting Design 3
Plants III 1 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
General Education Req. (CI) 3 12
13
Year Five
Studio V: Comprehensive 6 Studio VI: Mater's Project 3
Research Methods 3 Professional Practice 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
15 Elective 3
15
Total Required Credit Hours 150
*Students must complete the BSAED degree by the end of Year Four.

iOr choose 3 credits from online offerings, including: Introduction to Sustainable Communities (3); The Urban Village-Sustainable Neighborhoods (1); Sustainable Urban Site Design (1); The Natural and Built Environment (1).

iiOnline graduate electives include: Social Justice as a Framework for Sustainable Urban Community (1); Healthy Urban Communities (1); Introduction to Urban Storm water Management (1); Sustainable Construction-Practice & Management (1); Urban Ecology (1); Urban Soils (1); Environmental Site Design for Urban Landscapes (3); Green Roofs/Green Walls (3); Urban Stream Restoration (3); Environmental Planning (3).