University of Tennessee offers masters in landscape architecture

A new Master in Landscape Architecture program at the University of Tennessee will provide three options for advanced degrees in landscape architecture in the state. The program will be offered jointly through the College of Architecture and Design and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The three degrees offered through the program include the Master of Landscape Architecture professional degree, the Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture and the Master of Science in Landscape Architecture. Classes will begin in fall 2008, and the deadline to apply is February 1, 2008.

The professional degree prepares students for licensure, while the other master’s degrees are designed for students who want to conduct research in landscape architecture without being registered practitioners. Students who earn these research- and design-oriented degrees may work in a range of professions related to landscape architecture but not requiring professional licensure, such as government agencies, parks, environmental advocacy organizations and land conservancies.

UT architecture Tracy Moir-McClean, who is interim director of the MLA program, says a consistent supply of well trained and licensed landscape architects are necessary in the state. “We have realized the need to educate landscape architects in Tennessee for years, and, finally, we have made it happen,” Moir-McClean says.

The program will apply for candidacy status, which signifies that the program is demonstrating reasonable progress toward accreditation, with the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board as soon as possible. Full accreditation cannot be granted until the first class of the program graduates.

To develop the program, the colleges worked closely with the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Tennessee State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.

For more information on the program and how to apply, please contact Tracy Moir-McClean at (865) 974-5265 or at moirmccl@utk.edu.

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