The University of Illinois offers accredited programs in Landscape Architecture (LA) at the Bachelor’s (BLA) and Master’s level (MLA). When you graduate from the University of Illinois with one of these degrees, you will be license-eligible. Licensure is regulated by the state in which you practice and each state has a specific set of requirements.
Both the BLA and MLA programs are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). Accreditation is a way for the field of Landscape Architecture to self-regulate in terms of quality and focus of post-secondary education and training. The LAAB is a non-governmental organization that reviews LA programs in great detail on a regular basis to ensure that students get an excellent education. We have delivered accredited programs continuously since 1929. In the most recent review (2020) our BLA and MLA programs were accredited through 2026.
All LAAB accredited institutions are required to share reliable information about their program in order to aid you in making informed decisions in your application process. We provide that information below.
BLA (College of Fine and Applied Arts)
MLA (College of Fine and Applied Arts)
STUDENT AWARDS & RECOGNITION
We reward excellence in our students through a number of prizes, fellowships and awards and recognize student achievements at our annual Sasaki Day event in May. Undergraduate and graduate students are all eligible for the following awards.
- Fiel – supports travel for research/study within the United States
- Kennedy – supports travel for research/study within or outside the United States
- Ryerson — supports travel for research/study outside the United States
Natalie B. Alpert Prize – for excellence in writing about Landscape Architecture History
Bruce Borland Golf Course Design Scholarship – for students interested in golf course design
Wadsworth Business Intern Scholarship – to recognize strong supervisor evaluation during internship
Olmsted Scholars Nominations – faculty nominate one outstanding student from the BLA program and one outstanding student from the MLA program
ASLA Student Honor and Merit Awards – students are nominated by the faculty to present their work which is then reviewed by an independent panel
Gary Kesler Prize – excellence in the mastery of technical principles in landscape architecture.
Dan Ryan Prize – excellent graphic skills and willingness to help others
TIME TO DEGREE
The BLA is designed to be completed in four years plus a mandatory summer internship that typically takes place between the Junior and Senior years. Students entering the major later than sophomore year will require additional time to complete the degree.
Applicants to the MLA are admitted to a 2 year, 2.5 year or 3 year program based on undergraduate degree (i.e. if completed in landscape architecture or not) and application materials review.
ENROLLMENT & SELF-DESCRIBED DEMOGRAPHICS