In conjunction with the Department of City and Regional Planning at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, the dual master’s degree in landscape architecture and regional planning is intended for students with an interest in both planning and design issues.

Landscape architecture students interested in the social, political, and economic context in which design occurs are ideal candidates for the dual degree program. The dual degree prepares students for work in areas such as physical planning, environmental analysis, community development, and urban design - skills that are highly sought after in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Dual MLA/MRP Program Details

Students apply for admission to the dual degree after already being accepted into the MLA or MRP programs, but need to be admitted to both programs separately. A student will apply to the complementary program during their first year at Cornell. Information about graduate admissions to the MRP program is available on the Cornell AAP Admissions page.

Each student forms an advisory committee of two members, with one member from the Department of Landscape Architecture, and one from the Department of City and Regional Planning. The advisory committee assists the student in all aspects of the program.

Students must fulfill the class requirements as specified in the core curriculum for each program. This includes the required minimum credit hours in Landscape Architecture and City and Regional Planning.

  • For candidates in the first professional degree program in MLA, a minimum of 120 total credit hours is required for the dual degree. In most instances, it is expected that four years will constitute the normal period at Cornell.

All MRP students are required to complete an exit project paper. Students can prepare a research paper, professional report, or a master’s thesis. For more information about the MRP Exit Project, visit the Department of City and Regional Planning page.

MLA/MRP Projects


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Maria Goula

Director of Graduate Studies, Professor

Landscape Architecture

Maria Goula