Graduate program FAQs

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MLA Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our frequently asked questions. While every effort is made to address as many concerns as possible, we realize that you might still have questions. Please read through these answers carefully and then contact us with additional questions. Wherever possible, links are provided.

  • How many graduate degrees are granted each year?
    • As a new program we have just graduated our first class, awarding 13 MLA degrees in 2013 and 1 MLA II degree in 2012. In 2014 five degrees were awarded, and 2015 eight MLA I degree were awarded.
  • How do I apply?
    • Information about applications can be found on the GSNB site. Please note all admissions materials for our program are to be sent directly to the graduate school with the exception of a portfolio, which is to be sent directly to the department.
  • What should be in my portfolio?
    • Prospective graduate students are required to submit a portfolio containing samples of original work. Recognizing many MLA 1 students may not have any art or design background, we challenge you to use this opportunity to organize a small collection of work of any kind that you believe evidences your creativity. You will not be judged on art or design technical standards. This portfolio must include a work description sheet which lists:
      • Title and corresponding page number for work
      • Dimensions of the original work (if applicable)
      • Date completed
      • Media used
    • Please note: If you would like your portfolio returned, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope with correct amount of postage along with your portfolio.
  • What are the minimum GRE scores accepted?
  • Are you an accredited program?
    • Yes, we are a LAAB accredited program.
  • How much does this program cost?
    • Tuition and costs are set by Rutgers University annually and varies year-by-year. Our school is #16 under Graduate School of New Brunswick.
  • What is the academic calendar?
  • Who are your graduate faculty?
  • Do you have a part-time program?
    • Yes.  While each prospective part-time student is unique, we do have a recommended general approach to pursuing an MLA degree part-time. See our courses page for more.
  • What’s the difference between MLA Option 1 & Option 2?
    • The MLA 1 is our first professional degree program, intended for students who do not possess an accredited undergraduate degree in landscape architecture.  Generally it is a three-year program.  The MLA 2 is for students who have an undergraduate degree from an accredited Landscape Architecture program.  Generally it is a two-year program with a more flexible curriculum.
  • Can I waive a recommended course?
    • Yes, if you are qualified.  Generally, if 80% of the material in a course has been satisfactorily mastered you are eligible for a waiver.  The burden is on the student to provide the necessary information so that an informed decision can be made. You will need to meet with you advisor, fill out a course waiver form and have it approved by both the course instructor and the graduate program director.
  • Are there scholarships available?
    • There are scholarships and awards available. These could be from the University, the School (SEBS) or the Department (LA). Also, due to our large undergraduate program we awarded 4.5 teaching assistantships in 2015-2016.
  • What's the difference between a thesis and a project?
    • During your final year a thesis or project will need to be completed. The thesis and the project are subject to GSNB guidelines, as well as, Department guidelines. See the projects and theses here.