Comparing MLA Programs

jaquiringApril 9, 2014

I'm not sure which forum to post this under, but I figured this one would get many views by Landscape Architects.

I was recently accepted into the MLA programs of both Cal Poly Pomona and University of Southern California. Pomona has a long-standing program and is regularly ranked highly by the Design Institute. USC on the other hand has a fairly new program, but it's architecture school is one of the best in the US. USC also tends to have more money to develop their programs for future improvements and growth.

Does anyone have any information on these programs?

I know the schools' costs are very different, but what other major differences do the schools have?

How important is "the name" on a diploma for the MLA program? Which school has the better name in the LA industry?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You'll need to quiz the local market to find the answers to your question. Also the placement departments of each program should have some interesting information.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 3:51PM
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the name depends what you want to do. I recently hired an MLA grad (we do landscape design and consulting, so we're not a landscape architecture firm) and I don't recall where she graduated from. Don't care. All I know is most portfolios I got from MLA grads really sucked and hers caught my attention.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 4:58PM
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Baby G (Z10, 300?CH, SoCal-LA)(10)

UCLA's program is the equivalent of a masters, but not an actual MA. Instead, its accredited by the state licensing board for landscape architecture. It's program is three years, not four.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 7:35PM
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