Located in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, Landscape Architecture students may focus in their own area of interest while broadening their perspectives across disciplines.
Blending research, creativity, design, and technical skills toward developing well rounded professionals is at the heart of the Landscape Architecture curricula.
The Landscape Architecture Program at MSU offers both an accredited four-and-a-half-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Degree and a five-year dual degree program, which combines the accredited BLA with the Master of Environmental Design (MED) degree. The BLA degree program is structured around a dynamic design studio sequence and classroom learning environment. Core BLA classes and design studios are complimented by the natural and social sciences and the arts and humanities. An eight-week Study Abroad experience is integrated into the curriculum sequence in the spring semester of year three for which both BLA and dual degree BLA/MED students are eligible. Blending creativity, design, site engineering and technical skills, and developing well rounded professionals are at the heart of the curriculum. The BLA requires a total of 130 credit hours. Download BLA degree requirements.
The Master of Environmental Design Degree (MED) in the School of Planning Design and Construction is a 33-credit-hour advanced research focused study intended for students holding an accredited undergraduate degree in one of the major design professions. Students with prior degrees in fields, such as Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design or Urban Design, are eligible to apply. The purpose of the Master of Arts in Environmental Design is to train prospective or practicing professionals to address the complex interdisciplinary nature of environmental design. Students will develop a highly individualized plan of study with a focus in design areas such as: Design process, historic preservation and conservation, environment and behavior, design communication media, lighting, healthcare design, universal design, culture and design, golf course architecture, landscape reclamation, visual quality modeling, landscape restoration , interiorscapes, wellness/therapeutic garden design, landscape development systems, plant management systems, adaptive reuse facilities for tourism and recreation, site design safety, park and tourism development, design with ecological systems, green roof design and sustainable design. The MED addresses four areas of professional development. These include:
- Acquisition of in-depth knowledge in the area of environmental design theory;
- Development of problem-solving skills within an interdisciplinary professional context;
- Development of technological expertise and knowledge base in a selected area of environmental design; and
- Advanced ability in graphic, written and oral communications skills.
The program is planned to provide an alternative to traditional professional degrees by addressing the needs of students with undergraduate design backgrounds who wish to work in an interdisciplinary setting, while pursuing an area of individual interest. Download the Master’s Handbook (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). All graduate students must complete and have a signed 2016 Academic Program of Study on file with the School. Note: This PDF is an Acrobat form and must be opened with the Abobe Acrobat Reader (www.adobe.com/products/reader.html). If a “Please wait…” page pops up when you clicked the PDF link, then go back to the previous page and simply right-click on the link from your browser and select save. Then, you can open up the file using your Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and file original and amended forms as appropriate.
To satisfy the dual degree requirements of the BLA/MED degree, students must take a total of 154 credits. The BLA is 130 credit hours and the MED is 24 credit hours with the potential for nine hours linked from the BLA (totaling 33 MED credit hours) as outlined in the degree requirements link below. The BLA and MED courses must be taken sequentially, because the curriculum is structured along an “integrated course model.” Design and creative thought lie at the center of the curriculum and are expressed as a 10-course design studio sequence, which begins in year one. An eight-week Study Abroad experience is integrated into the course sequence in the Spring of year three for which both BLA and dual degree BLA/MED students are eligible. Study Abroad creates a transition point for students to the graduate course work and real world application of knowledge and skills. Download the MED Master’s Handbook (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). All graduate students must complete and have a signed 2016 Academic Program of Study on file with the School. Note: This PDF is an Acrobat form and must be opened with the Abobe Acrobat Reader (www.adobe.com/products/reader.html). If a “Please wait…” page pops up when you clicked the PDF link, then go back to the previous page and simply right-click on the link from your browser and select save. Then, you can open up the file using your Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and file original and amended forms as appropriate.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Design and Construction with a concentration in construction management, environmental design, or urban and regional planning will enable students in the School of Planning, Design and Construction to meet future challenges. Graduates of this program will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the effects of plans, regulations, design, materials, project management techniques, and construction systems on the economic, environmental, and social concerns of stakeholders and society. Download the degree requirements and the PhD Student Handbook (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).
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Human Ecology Building, Room 102
Academic Advisor - Undergraduate Programs
Interior Design and Landscape Architecture
Human Ecology Building, Room 102A
Master’s Degree and PhD Degrees
Pat L. Crawford, PhD
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Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Human Ecology Building, Room 101A
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