Individuals who hold an accredited professional degree in architecture, or a pre-professional undergraduate degree in landscape architecture or architecture, and a strong design portfolio, may be granted advanced standing of up to two terms, completing the MLA I in two years.
Applicants who are granted advanced standing must have completed the same pre-requisites in college-level environmental science that are required for the MLA I, as well as courses that are roughly analogous to the course of study of the first year program in representation and history described in the MLA I curriculum, and demonstrate a high level of achievement in their design work. For more information, please visit the MLA Degree Requirements page.
A candidate will be recommended for the MLA I AP upon satisfactory completion of 80 units
Individuals admitted with advanced standing to the MLA I AP normally begin with the third term of the program and must complete a minimum of four terms of full-time study in residence. Under special circumstances, students may receive permission to reduce their course load and extend their studies over a longer period of time.
Please note that the MLA I, MLA I AP, and MLA II programs are now designated as a STEM program making international MLA graduates eligible to extend their F-1 visas for up to three years in order to work in the United States.