Top Landscape Architecture Graduate Schools

Find out what you should look for when selecting a school with a strong graduate program in landscape architecture. Read about three top-ranked schools with programs in this field, and find out what types of landscape architecture graduate degrees each school has.

How to Choose a Landscape Architecture Graduate School

When choosing a landscape architecture school, look for professionally ranked programs. Also consider your intended career, as some programs offer specialties in fields like urban design. Top schools offer career services, internships and trainee programs, along with providing students access to state-of-the-art labs and design facilities.

What are Three Top Graduate Schools for Landscape Architecture?

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

U.S. News & World Report ranked Harvard University second among national universities for 2019. Its Graduate School of Design (GSD) offers a Master in Landscape Architecture program. The program is not exclusive to those who underwent training in architecture at the undergraduate level.

GSD offers many funding opportunities through prizes and travel fellowships. As a graduate student, you also have access to fabrication labs and a career services department. Harvard has these degrees at the graduate level:

  • Master in Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design

Kansas State University in Manhattan

Kansas State University (KSU) offers landscape architecture programs through its College of Architecture, Planning and Design. In U.S. News & World Report's 2019 rankings, the university was tied for 75th among public schools.

You can take advantage of internship and study abroad opportunities. KSU has a Master of Landscape Architecture non-baccalaureate track program to current undergraduates and a post-baccalaureate program to students who have already earned their bachelor's degree. They offer:

  • Master of Landscape Architecture

Ohio State University in Columbus

U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio State University tied for 56th among national universities in 2019. Each year, students in its Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture (KSA) participate in local landscape architecture projects using the school's state-of-the-art digital fabrication lab.

KSA also offers an office associate program, which provides graduate students with salaries and exposure to potential employers. KSA offers two Master of Landscape Architecture programs, one for students without professional landscape architecture training and one for students with an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture. You could earn the following:

  • Master of Landscape Architecture

Ten More Schools for Landscape Architecture

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition & Fees*
University of Pennsylvania 4-year, Private Philadelphia, PA$38,000
Cornell University 4-year, Private Ithaca, NY$30,000
University of California - Berkeley 4-year, Public Berkeley, CA$14,000
Louisiana State University 4-year, Public Baton Rouge, LA$13,000
Texas A&M University 4-year, Public College Station, TX$10,000
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 4-year, Public Pomona, CA$9,000
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 4-year, Public Blacksburg, VA$15,000
Purdue University 4-year, Public West Lafayette, IN$10,000
University of Georgia 4-year, Public Athens, GA$11,000
Michigan State University 4-year, Public East Lansing, MI$18,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education