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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Landscape Architecture

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Gale Fulton, Director

Associate Professors
Collett, B., MLA – Ohio State
Fulton, G., MLA – Colorado
Sachs, A., PhD – California (Berkeley)

Assistant Professor
Ross, M., MLA – Texas Tech

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Madl, A., MLA – Harvard
McDaniel, S., MLA – Harvard
Shoemaker, C., MLA – Tennessee


Majors, Degrees
Landscape Architecture Major, MALA   
Landscape Architecture Major, MSLA   
Landscape Architecture Major, MLA   
  Track 1 (professional degree track)
  Track 2 (post-professional degree track)
Dual MLA-MArch Program, Landscape Architecture - Architecture   

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee is to advance the discipline of landscape architecture as a robust field of inquiry and application.

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Preparing a diverse population of students to critically and creatively engage the complex, multiscalar, socio-ecological challenges and potentials of the 21st century, thereby positioning them for leadership across a range of career trajectories.
  • Developing and disseminating scholarly research and creative activity that makes meaningful contributions to advancing the discourse of the discipline and elevating living conditions in the communities it serves.
  • Engaging local, state, and regional communities as a means to educate and excite the public imagination, develop, demonstrate and deploy innovative planning and design practices, and advocate for the advancement of the field.

Landscape architecture is an intercollegiate program composed of faculty from the College of Architecture and Design and the Herbert College of Agriculture.

More information on the School of Landscape Architecture application process and deadlines is available on the College of Architecture and Design website, under Academic Programs.

The School of Landscape Architecture offers four degree pathways: the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), the Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture (MALA), and the Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA), and the Dual Master of Architecture/Master of Landscape Architecture. The four landscape architecture degree options are distinguished from each other by the number of credit hours required and the focus of study.

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a design-based professional degree that concludes with a design thesis or advanced design project. The MLA has a first-professional track (MLA-Track 1) that is designed to prepare students as critically-engaged practitioners, and a post-professional track (MLA-Track 2) that provides opportunities for research-oriented studies in areas of speculation and specialization.

The Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture (MALA) and the Master of Science in Landscape Architecture (MSLA) are for students who hold a bachelor’s degree, an advanced degree in any field, or a first professional degree in landscape architecture. Students in these degree programs pursue research-oriented studies in landscape architecture with a humanities or science focus, respectively, but do not seek to be registered professional practitioners.

Students pursuing the MLA-Track 2, the MALA, or the MSLA will work primarily with faculty members engaged in research, scholarship, and outreach relevant to current issues and opportunities in the field.

Retention in the program is contingent upon evidence of satisfactory progress toward the degree. Individual student progress will be reviewed each semester by the school director. The School of Landscape Architecture Committee will review any questions regarding progress.

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