BSLA + MLA Dual-Degree 5 Year Program

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The Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture offers a joint undergraduate and graduate nationally accredited professional program that enables students to earn the professionally accredited Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and the Master of Landscape Architecture degrees in five years of full-time enrollment rather than the normal six. This (4+1) five-year program gives exemplary students the opportunity to complete their professional degree (BSLA) while preparing for professional leadership positions or a career in academia (MLA).

During the first three years of their undergraduate education, students will complete most of their major and general studies requirements. They may apply for admission to the joint program in February of their junior year. Admitted students will be advised to take to 21 graduate credits* in the MLA Program over the course of their senior year of undergraduate study. 8 of these graduate credits will be applied toward the graduate degrees. Upon completion of the BSLA degree, students will automatically matriculate into the graduate program with advanced standing


The joint program is competitive and highly selective. Successful applicants for admission will have a GPA of 3.5 or more, a dedication to design and outstanding recommendations. Interested students who fulfill the above qualifications should contact the Graduate Program Director, Kate John-Alder to discuss the program and to discuss the application process.

The internal application requires transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a résumé. Students applying for the combined Bachelor and Graduate Degree Program (4 +1) must submit all of the required material to the Administrative Assistant for the Graduate Committee. 

A video of three students and their path to the 4+1 option.

4+1 Final by Will Atwater.

All application submissions should be received by February 15th. Application review begins in mid-March.