Master's degree programs

The school offers two master's degrees, an M.S. in natural resources and environment and an M.L.A. in landscape architecture.

Master of Science

M.S. students gain a common foundation in ecological science, environmental governance and integrated assessment via three core courses before specializing in one or more of the following fields of study:

Master of Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture teaches the ecological principles of sustainable design and how to employ them in all settings, from the inner city to the rural countryside. Students synthesize information about ecological processes, human behavior, institutions and urban patterns to create landscapes that work aesthetically, ecologically, socially and economically.


  • Three-year accredited M.L.A. degree
  • Two-year program for those individuals interested in obtaining a second degree in landscape architecture at the master's level, practicing landscape architects seeking advanced education, and those interested in pursing a doctoral degree.


Opus Requirement

All SNRE master's students are committed to a capstone/opus as part of their degree requirement. Whether the opus is a group project, practicum, or thesis, students demonstrate critical thinking about an environmental problem and the application of appropriate analytical problem-solving techniques. The Master's Project the capstone experience for the majority of SNRE master's students - is an interdisciplinary group project in which students work closely with a client and faculty member to analyze and propose solutions to a real-world environmental problem. Opus clients range from government agencies to nonprofits to industry.