Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture
The Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (MASLA) introduces students to independent research that will enable them to examine specific issues relating to landscape architecture. This degree program allows students to investigate an area of knowledge within the broad field of landscape architecture in collaboration with faculty engaged in research or consulting activity in that area. The research program requires the student to synthesize existing knowledge in landscape architecture and related fields and create an independent research product. This work will result in a thesis that must be approved by the student’s supervisor and committee members, and submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
MASLA is a 31-credit program. Full-time students normally complete this program within two academic years. This post-professional program is not intended to fulfill the requirements for professional membership as established by the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects or similar organizations in other provinces of Canada or the United States. Those desiring professional credentials should enroll in the Master of Landscape Architecture program.
Usually by the end of the two terms of study, and in consultation with their supervisor, MASLA students create their thesis proposal. The proposal will describe in detail the thesis research and the methodology for that research and will be aligned with the work of the faculty supervisor.
When the proposal is accepted by their Graduate Program Committee, the student may begin work on the MASLA thesis. In rare cases, additional courses may be required beyond the total number of credits normally prescribed for the degree in order to provide new knowledge pertaining to the selected research area. Usually, this background can be derived from the 12 credits of electives required for the MASLA degree.
The course of study for the MASLA program consists of 31 credits:
LARC 500 (1 credit)
LARC 520 or 523 (3 credits)
LARC 541 (3 credits)
LARC 599 thesis (12 credits)
Elective credits (12 credits)
One elective course must be three credits of approved 500 level or above research methods. The remaining nine credits of electives may include up to six credits of directed study with a sponsoring faculty member/supervisor. A maximum of three credits at 300-400 level is allowed within the MASLA degree.
Research activities and thesis work will be closely aligned with the student’s faculty supervisor’s work. Depending on the supervisor, this can include all aspects of landscape theory, design education, environmental design, planning, and management.
The various courses and teaching formats used throughout the MASLA program are intended to expose students to the discipline of landscape architecture in its entirety, to open new possibilities for research and design solutions, and to prepare the student to undertake their thesis.