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BSLA + MLA Dual-Degree 5 Year Program

The Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture offers a dual 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).

Excellent undergraduate BSLA candidates may apply for admission to the Dual Degree MLA program in February of their junior year. Admitted students  take several graduate-level classes during their senior year of undergraduate study. Upon completion of the BSLA degree, students automatically matriculate into the graduate program with advanced standing, completing a minimum of 30 graduate-level credits to receive their MLA.


The joint program is intended for students who wish to delve deeply into a landscape architecture research topic. Applicants will be reviewed for excellence in creative work (portfolio), for clarity of goals and interests (personal statement), and for past performance (transcript, recommendations and resume).

If you are interested and fulfill the above qualifications you can contact the Graduate Program Director, JeanMarie Hartman (, to discuss the program and to discuss the application process.
The internal application requires:  

  • unofficial transcript,
  • three letters of recommendation (one preferably from outside the department),
  • a statement of purpose,
  • a portfolio, and
  • a résumé.

Students applying for the Dual Bachelor and Graduate Degree Program must submit all of the required material to the Department Assistant, Gail McKenzie, for the Graduate Committee by 4PM on Monday, March 2, 2020. (Note: No online application is required.)

More information about coursework


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

BSLA + MLA Experience by Will Atwater.