The Landscape Architecture Department at Cal Poly Pomona offers two accredited degrees at our metropolitan Los Angeles campus that can be your first step to becoming a professional landscape architect: a four-year Bachelor of Science of Landscape Architecture (BSLA), and a three-year Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA).
For students without a baccalaureate degree, our BSLA program provides a rich polytechnic experience with a full compliment of liberal arts and rigorous technical courses to provide life-long success. We accept students into the BSLA major as entering freshmen, transfers from community colleges, degree-change students, 2nd choice majors, and non-traditional students returning to college to change careers. The unofficial motto of the BSLA program is ‘Bravely Curious’ which describes our bold learn-by-doing exploration of space, form, systems, and ecology as the core of teaching landscape architecture.
Our MLA program has a regional design emphasis to prepare you for the award winning 606 Capstone Studio (you can also prepare a research thesis). The graduate landscape architecture program welcomes students with both design and non-design degrees backgrounds. Students with a degree from an allied design discipline or landscape architecture are invited to apply for advanced standing.
We offer several Study Abroad options for both BSLA and MLA students. Popular minors for BSLA students include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (28 units), and Regenerative Studies (RS) (24 units). See the University Catalog for a full list of the 83 minors offered at Cal Poly Pomona.
Our students are annually awarded a very generous selection of merit-based scholarships. The affordable tuition at Cal Poly Pomona makes us one of the best values in landscape architecture education anywhere.
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Please contact us to receive more information about the BSLA or MLA programs, or to arrange a facility tour.
Information for Accepted Students
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