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Program Details

Landscape Architecture Certificate


Estimated Tuition Candidacy Fees Action
$24,840.00 $300.00
Landscape architects practice the aesthetic design and composition of built and natural environments. This calls for an extensive knowledge of design theory, technical competence, and a commitment to the stewardship and conservation of natural and constructed resources. Today, typical projects range in scope from residential to institutional, and in type from urban planning and design to restoration of historical sites and the preservation of natural ones.

The modern landscape architect must address quality of life issues, achieve the best form and function of a given space, maintain high ethical standards, and approach these tasks from a global perspective. In addition, managing and understanding information, sound decision-making, and active leadership have become vital to the practice. The ability to effectively communicate and learn with professionals in architecture, engineering, traffic management, interior design, and behavioral science disciplines is also essential for the successful completion of projects.

To ensure a high standard of professional practice, California (together with 46 other states, and two Canadian Provinces) requires that individuals practicing landscape architecture must be licensed. The governing agency is the California Architects Board, Landscape Architects Technical Committee within the California State Department of Consumer Affairs. On the national level, the American Society of Landscape Architects maintains a high standard of practice throughout the country; licensed landscape architects may qualify for membership in this society.

This program is approved by the Landscape Architects Technical Committee under the State of California Architects Board to meet the education requirements for licensure in California.

To apply by mail, complete this form.
Admission Requirements:

To apply for candidacy, official transcripts with an undergraduate degree in any field from an accredited institution, a completed Application for Admission, and candidacy application fee must be submitted 6 weeks before the third quarter in the program.

For more information, email us at landscapearchitecture@unex.ucla.edu or call us at (310)825-9414.


As of Summer quarter 2014, the program consists of 104 (quarter) units of required core courses and a minimum of 6 units of electives. The curriculum is structured as a sequenced series of design, technical, and theoretical courses beginning in the Summer and Fall quarters and takes a minimum of three years to complete. Approved elective courses cover special interest areas and can be taken as convenient. There are two formal portfolio reviews within the sequence. A grade of “C+” is required to successfully complete a course. Students must maintain an average of “B” to receive the certificate. Courses must be taken in sequence and for a letter grade to count towards the certificate.



Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The US Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. This, as well as other information, is listed below.

Estimated Cost

Candidacy Fee: $300.00

Estimated Program Tuition: $24,840.00

Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $5,000.00

Estimated Total Cost: $30,140.00

International Students: Apply Here


Contact: Melissa McDonald, (310) 825-9414 or landscapearchitecture@unex.ucla.edu

Open Enrollment or Apply for Admission?: Restricted
VA Approved?: Yes
Federal Financial Aid Available: Yes
   Level of Support (Graduate/Undergrad): G
   Maximum quarter/terms of support: 13
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: Yes
   TOEFL/IELTS Score Required: 100/7.0
   Estimated Duration (Full-Time pace): 12 quarters
   Valid quarter starts for full-time study _Fall
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 13 quarters
Internships Available: No
Program ID: CF004

Four Year On-time Completion Rate: 3%

2013-2014 Information:
Number of students completing program: 11
Number of students completing on time: 1
Title IV median loan debt: $47,500.00
Private loan median loan debt: $0.00

The occupations that this program prepares students to enter are listed below. To view the occupational profile for each of these occupations click here and enter the SOC code.

Occupation Name SOC Code
Architectural Drafters 17-3011.01
Chief Executives 11-1011.00
City and Regional Planning Aides 19-4061.00
Construction Managers 11-9021.00
Foresters 19-1032.00
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1043.00
Geographers 19-3092.00
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists 15-1099.06
Landscape Architects 17-1012.00
Municipal Clerks 43-4031.02
Transportation Planners 19-3099.01
Urban and Regional Planners 19-3051.00

Additional Information

Please note: candidacy and application fees are not transferable or refundable.

Students in certificate programs may repeat once for credit only those courses in which they receive a grade of C-, D, F, NP, or U. A course in which a grade of C-, D or F has been earned may not be repeated for credit on a Passed/Not Passed basis. No more than a single instance of earned credit for any course will count toward minimum unit requirements for completing a certificate program, or for assessing continuing progress with respect to financial aid, or the status of international students on F1 visas.

All certificate programs at UCLA Extension require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. If you would like to refine your English language proficiency prior to beginning one of our programs, we offer English as a Second Language programs and an array of classes in Communication and Learning Skills.

UCLA Extension may change the content and course requirements of a certificate program at any time. To prevent being impacted by possible changes in the course requirements, students are encouraged strongly to enroll in the certificate of their choice as early as possible following their selection of a program. Only those whose paid certificate application fees have been accepted are assured of completion of a certificate under its current requirements. Courses within the curriculum are expected to be completed by the end of normal candidacy which is cited above. Candidacies can be renewed under certain circumstances. Students with older records may be required to repeat material to ensure its relevance.

Students who complete their curriculum with an earned GPA of 3.5 or higher will have the notation "earned with distinction" posted to their transcript and printed on their certificates. For other information about candidacies and the service environment, see about certificate candidacy.

UCLA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This program was developed and is administered in accordance with regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.

For the prospective international student seeking an F1 visa to enter the U.S., either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), or the International English Language Testing System ’s (IELTS) exam will be required if English is not his or her first language. The minimum requirements can vary from program to program. See above for the minimum score required for admission to study in this program. Students with a score of 79 to 100 on TOEFL (or 6.5 to 7 on IELTS) will be required upon arrival to take a supplementary exam (the English as a Second Language Placement Exam , or ESLPE) administered at UCLA for assignment in one of two levels of supplementary English language courses. Students who score higher than 100 on the TOEFL, (or higher than 7 on IELTS), or who are native English speakers, are exempt from taking the ESLPE and from supplementary English language instruction.

International students on F1 visas are required by U.S. law to enroll full-time (12 units per quarter) in courses that lead to the award of their certificate. To both meet this requirement and to progress in a structured curriculum, international students may be required to supplement their term study list with elective courses, and ultimately to graduate with more than the minimum units or courses otherwise required. We recommend you contact the advisor listed above if you have any questions about the duration of study.

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