(LAEP Graduate Studio - remodeled in 2009)

Graduate Programs


LAEP's Master of Landscape Architecture [MLA] program emphasizes both traditional site scale planning and design, as well as broader areas of the profession, such as large-scale regional landscape analysis and planning, utilizing GIS (geographic information systems) and planning techniques, while advancing inquiry through research. MLA (1st professional degree) applicants are not required to have a bachelors degree in landscape architecture. See a description of the 1st professional degree here.  Advanced professional degree applicants can find more information here.  Applicants wanting more information about the Masters degree in BioRegional Planning can find more here.

All applications are officially handled through the School of Graduate Studies.

In support of this philosophy, the following are the major objectives of the MLA program:

  1. To provide a well-structured curriculum in fundamental professional knowledge and skills.
  2. To research, analyze, and resolve land use and design issues related to the Intermountain West. The scope of the program examines national, regional, and local issues, and their impact on the visual, physical, and cultural setting of the Intermountain West.
  3. To integrate field experience and independent research into major graduate studio courses structured around real world projects.
  4. To provide opportunities for each student for exploration and development of an area of specialization.
  5. To draw upon the regional, national, and international relationships of Utah State University to facilitate a program of academic and professional excellence that will allow the student to achieve eminence in practice, research or education.

What do we have to offer?

In addition to an exceptional and broad program of study, LAEP and Utah State University have much to offer the potential graduate student. First, USU's tuition rates are attractive even to students coming from out of state, making the degree more affordable than 90% of all accredited MLA programs in North America. Second, the university, city and state provide a wealth of outdoor and cultural opportunities. In addition, graduate students in LAEP's MLA benefit from the following:

  • A one-on-one mentor program, pairing every student with a practicing Landscape Architect
  • The MLA studio was completely remodeled in Fall 2009 The program was ranked in the top 15 MLA's nationally in 2009
  • The program has the 8th lowest tuition among accredited programs nationally
  • A dynamic Travel Experience program takes students to destinations such as Berlin, Portland/Seattle, Belize and Vancouver, BC
  • USU was ranked #27 among all US universities by Washington Monthly’s 2009 survey
  • Logan was rated the #1 safest US community in 2008
  • Logan was rated the most walkable community in Utah in 2009
  • Logan was rated among the Top 50 outdoor towns nationally in 2009
  • USU has been named a Princeton Review “Green College” for both 2010 and 2011 among over 700 U.S. schools.

What kind of projects do graduate students do?

Please take a look at the Design Workshop Archives.  Design Workshop is a Denver-based landscape architecture firm that was started by two Utah State graduates of the LAEP program. The firm continues to employ our graduates and has partnered with Utah State University to create this archive. It offers those interested in our program and our current students a unique and comprehensive look at how designers, from one leading design firm, succeed at their trade.




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