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Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design

Harvard University
Graduate School of Design
Cambridge, Massachusetts
United States
Landscape & Environment
Overview

Jointly administered by the Department of Urban Planning and Design and the Department of Landscape Architecture, the program leading to the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD) is intended for individuals who have completed a five-year undergraduate professional program in landscape architecture or its equivalent.

 

Students enrolled in the GSD’s professional programs in Landscape Architecture are also encouraged to apply for a concurrent Urban Design degree, for which an individual curriculum may be arranged.

 

Taking advantage of the remarkable international make-up of the student body, the Urban Design Program establishes a common intellectual ground among architects and landscape architects who intend to practice as urbanists. The program provides knowledge of urban theories, design techniques and procedures that challenge students to rethink design within the climate of economic speculation, political negotiation and democratic struggle that often characterizes urban development today. Included are courses in history, theory, law, planning, public policy, and real estate finance that provide students with a broad understanding of the forces that shape urbanization at both local and global scales. Particular emphasis is placed upon developing mastery in urban design through studio work and an elective thesis sequence in the second year of study.

 

Studio work in urban design covers a broad range of topics in both American and international settings. Topics include schemes and scenarios for existing urbanized areas including the analysis and restructuring of areas from the inner city to the metropolitan edge, the development of new territories from cities to towns, districts and neighborhoods, and the extension or transformation of historic and contemporary contexts. Importance is placed on exploring the interfaces between design and the broad phenomena that figure in the making of the built environment, including social, cultural and artistic trends (both emerging and historical), real estate markets and development trends, public policies and infrastructure. Experimentation with the visual, tactile, and programmatic qualities that lend distinction to urban environments is consciously emphasized, as a way to reform and enhance the approaches graduates bring to the professional realm.

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Admission Requirements

Preparation for Admission

 

Individuals who have completed an accredited bachelor of landscape architecture degree, or persons who hold the degree master in landscape architecture, are eligible for admission to the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design degree program. Two to three years of experience in professional practice is recommended but not required.

 

For MLAUD curriculum requirements, see the Urban Design program.

 

APPLY

 

Here you’ll find a summary of the documents and materials that you will need to prepare and submit with your online application.

 

DEADLINES

 

Jan 2, 2020

 

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

 

1.- Gather Your Transcripts

 

You are required to submit transcripts from all colleges and universities from which you’ve received credit. You should request either an official paper transcript or a digital version from your school. You will then upload it to your application. Make sure the scanned version is legible and oriented properly. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. If the university or college does not issue transcripts, a certified letter and certified English translation must be provided. It should list courses and examinations taken, grades, and degrees and dates of degrees received. Applicants are only required to submit hard copies of official transcripts, sent directly from their previous institution to the GSD, if they are admitted and decide to enroll at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Do not mail paper copies of transcripts prior to receiving an admissions decision; we do not retain any transcripts received prior to March 1. All previous degrees must be conferred by August 15 in order to enroll in the fall. Please note that if you are currently enrolled at another graduate school, the GSD does not accept transfer credits for work completed at another institution.

 

2.- Collect Three Letters of Recommendation

 

Applicants are required to obtain three letters of recommendation: at least two from college or university instructors and, if appropriate, one from an employer. Pay close attention when selecting your option about waiving your right to see your recommendation. If you wish to change your waiver selection, then you will need to exclude that recommender and add them again. Recommenders will receive instructions via email once the applicant has registered them via the online application; only online recommendations are accepted. Up to five recommendations may be submitted. You can still submit your application even if your recommenders have not sent in their recommendations.

 

3.- Have your GRE Scores Sent to the GSD

 

The general test of the Graduate Record Examination is required for all applicants to degree programs (with the exception of the GMAT option below), including international students. Although recent scores are preferred, tests taken within five years of the test date are acceptable. When requesting that scores be sent to Harvard University, use the institution code for the Graduate School of Design: 3455. Please note, we will store scores in our database until they expire. Applicants are urged to register early to obtain an appropriate test date for the GRE, so that scores are received by the application deadline. Test dates no later than November are recommended for January applications. It takes 10-15 days for the GSD to receive scores after you take the exam. We do not have a cut-off point for GPA or GRE scores, although successful applicants typically have at least a 3.4 GPA. The average GRE scores for incoming students are 157 for the verbal, 159 for the quantitative, and 4.0 for the analytical writing sections. We encourage you to apply whether or not you meet these guidelines, keeping in mind that all components of the application are taken into consideration.

 

4.- Have your TOEFL Scores Sent to the GSD

 

International Students Only

TOEFL scores are required for all international students. Scores are valid for 2 years. When requesting that scores be sent to Harvard University, use the institution code for the Graduate School of Design: 3455. Read our TOEFL FAQ for more details. As with GRE scores, we will save TOEFL scores in our database until they expire. (Please note we do not accept MyBest TOEFL score reports.)

 

5.- Edit your Resume

 

Upload a resume that includes: employment; education; extra-curricular collegiate and community activities (note whether an office held was elected or appointed); honors, awards, professional registration, professional societies, publications; avocations, hobbies, travel; if you served in the military, indicate rank on entry and rank on separation.

 

6.- Write Your Essay

 

The requirements of your essay depend on the program you’re applying to.

 

Submit an essay that addresses your background as it relates to your academic and professional interests, and why you wish to pursue the GSD degree program to which you are applying. Limit responses to approximately 1,000 words.

 

7.- Prepare Your Portfolio

 

Portfolios must be uploaded as a single PDF and include your most important and representative visual arts, design, research, and/or professional work. Projects should include a description as well as any supporting documentation, which may include images or a video. All work must indicate the date of the project and whether the project was academic, office-related, or personal. In the case of collaborative work, the contribution by the applicant must be described precisely. Embedded links are deactivated when you upload your portfolio. Please note, we do not accept materials from third party services such as Interfolio. We do not have any sample portfolios. A wide variety of design work and portfolio styles are submitted; there is no one type of correct or successful portfolio.

 

Recommended File Set-up:

 

Pages: 30 max (Cover pages or table of contents don’t count)File Size: 40MB max
Page Layout: 12” x 18” or A3, two-page spreads should be combined into one page. (recommended)
Color Format: RGB (recommended)
Resolution: 150 dpi (recommended)Video Requirements:
You have the option of submitting one video as a supplement to the PDF portfolio. In exceptional cases where video has been a primary focus of an applicant’s previous design work, up to three video files may be submitted.
Format: .MOV or .WMX
Length: 60s max
Dimensions: 640px x 480px

 

If you’re applying for advanced placement in the professional degree program in Landscape Architecture or for post-professional degree programs you are expected to submit examples of work demonstrating your ability to pursue study at an advanced level.

 

8.- Pay the Application Fee

 

There is a $90, non-refundable fee for each application submitted. In order for your application(s) to be reviewed, the fee(s) should be paid, by credit card only, immediately after submitting your application. Try again with a different credit card should the system reject your card.

 

9.- Apply for Financial Aid

 

Prospective students interested in receiving aid should complete the Financial Aid application. Read more information about paying for your program.

 

After you Submit

 

Once submitted, changes, additions, or any other edits cannot be made to the application and/or portfolio. Application materials, including the portfolio, become the property of the GSD and cannot be returned or forwarded to any other party.

 

All decisions are released within the first week of March. You will receive an email indicating that there is an update on your Applicant Status Page. We will not give out decisions over the phone. If you have not received notification by April 1, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@gsd.harvard.edu.

 

Please note, the GSD does not grant deferrals. If you are admitted but unable to attend, you would need to reapply

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General information
Length
2 years full time
Language
English
Director
Rahul Mehrotra / Chris Reed
Fee
Not Confirmed
Email
admissions@gsd.harvard.edu / mehrotra@gsd.harvard.edu / creed@gsd.harvard.edu
Telephone
+1 617-495-5453
Address
48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Website
Campus Location
The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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