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Landscape Architecture


The Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech is committed to discovering, developing, and disseminating knowledge related to the discipline and profession of landscape architecture. Our educational approach stresses the importance of mutual responsibility within the learning community and favors students who are devoted to actively pursuing their education. Students and faculty work together to achieve the highest standards of disciplinary and professional preparedness and to develop the capacity for lifelong learning and professional leadership.

The Landscape Architecture Program offers four degree programs to meet the diverse needs of prospective students:

  • Five-year first professional Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)
  • Three-year first professional Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
  • One and two-year advanced Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
  • PhD in Architecture and Design Research

Our undergraduate and graduate first professional degree programs are fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board and enable students to develop the capabilities required to enter private or public practice. The advanced MLA and PhD programs are designed for individuals who already hold professional design credentials and wish to conduct in-depth research within a specific sub-area of the discipline. Often, students entering the PhD program wish to pursue an academic career.

The Landscape Architecture Program is in the School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. The College offers degree programs in Architecture, Building Construction, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Public Policy, Urban Affairs, Urban and Regional Planning, Art, and Art History. Most of these programs are ranked among the best nationally or internationally. The School and College offer outstanding support facilities for their studio-based design curricula.

Students in the Landscape Architecture Program have the opportunity to study in a number of domestic and international locations that lend themselves to varied professional emphases. The main body of faculty and students resides on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. Students in the various degree programs may complete all or part of their program of study at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center located in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition, the Landscape Architecture Program's travel abroad studio and the College's cooperative agreements with highly regarded universities on six continents afford our students ample opportunity to study landscape architecture abroad.