This department offers the following accredited degree programs:
The department also participates in the interdisciplinary Land Use Planning, Management, and Design program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree (see College of Architecture section).
The landscape architecture program instills in students the basic skills and knowledge required to enter the profession in the public or the private sector. The program emphasizes physical design and planning in both the natural and urban environments. Students are required to intern in the offices of registered landscape architects, planners, or allied professionals during at least one summer prior to the student's senior year. Offices and classroom facilities are located in the Plant Science Building and studios are in the Agriculture Pavilion and the CASNR annex.
Minor – A minor in landscape studies consists of 9 hours of required courses (LARC 1302, 2302, 4302) and 9 hours of directed electives (from LARC 2401, 2402, 2404, 3401, 4100, 4311). Approval of department chair is required for enrollment, and a grade of C or better is required for each course counted toward a minor.
The Master of Landscape Architecture degree is professional degree program designed to accommodate students with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) as well as those with degrees in a discipline other than landscape architecture. This is a flexible program designed to meet a variety of professional interests, as well as individual needs and career objectives. The program focuses on the unique environmental and cultural challenges found in the arid and semi-arid regions of the United States and incorporates program offerings such as vernacular design, land use and regional planning, geographic information systems, and cultural landscape design.
First Professional Degree – The first professional degree track accepts students from a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, art, business, and environmental sciences. The first professional degree requires 36 hours and up to 35 hours of leveling courses.
Advanced Professional Degree – The advanced professional degree is designed for students with the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree or its equivalent. The advanced professional degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours.
Thesis and Project Thesis Options – The option of a thesis or a project thesis is at the discretion of the student. The thesis option is optimal for advanced degree students seeking greater research and theoretical opportunities particularly suited to a career in academia or public practice. The project thesis option is primarily for first professional degree students and is intended to highlight the student's ability to manage the design process for a complex design project.
Accreditation – The Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) is fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Registration Board. This national accreditation allows graduates to sit for the Landscape Architectural Registration Exam (LARE) to become a licensed landscape architect.
Admissions – Admission requirements are established by the Texas Tech University Graduate School. At this time, neither the Graduate School nor the Department of Landscape Architecture requires the GRE for admission. Application for both U.S and international students may be made through the Graduate School website.
In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the Department of Landscape Architecture requests a letter of intent, two letters of reference, transcripts of all previous coursework, and a portfolio of graphic and/or creative works. The letter of intent should address how the program fits the applicant's career goals. Letters of reference should be from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's academic abilities. Transcripts should be official and requested directly from the institution. A portfolio of creative works can include any drawing, sketching, photography, landscape projects, creative writing, or any form of artistic and creative work that is of interest to the candidate. The format is entirely at the discretion of the candidate.
Charles Klein, Ph.D., Interim Chairperson
Associate Professors: Billing, Klein, Mills
Assistant Professors: Luo, Park
Instructors: Casanova, Nelson