Dual Degree

Dual Degree

The dual degree program is a combination of the two majors of landscape architecture and landscape contracting and management. Students choose this option to broaden their career opportunities and advance faster in the profession. Mississippi State University is the only program in the nation to integrate landscape architecture and landscape contracting curricula to offer a dual degree program. The dual degree is a five-year program that combines the business, horticulture and construction sides of the four-year landscape-contracting program with the design and construction aspects of the four-year landscape architecture program.


The Landscape Architecture program is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board. LAAB accredited programs are required to provide reliable information to the public. Programs must report on accreditation status and its performance. This information is to help potential students make informed application decisions. To review this information, click here. The Landscape Contracting and Management degree is accredited by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).


Three internships are required which involve three semester of experiential learning and field experience with an approved landscape contracting company or agency and, under the supervision of a qualified supervisory and oversight of MSU faculty.

Computer Requirements

All students in the Dual Degree option are required to have their own personal computer. Please see the department specific guidelines prior to purchasing a computer.


Scholarships administered by the Department of Landscape Architecture are available for students in various upper level courses majoring in Landscape Architecture and in Landscape Contracting and Management. Deadlines for application are in late spring. Please visit the scholarship page for more information.


The 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the employment of landscape architects is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2016. The average salary for landscape architects from entry-level to up to five years experience was $45,885 in 2010 as reported by the ASLA. Average salaries move into the six figures after 30 years in the profession.


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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • MA 1313 College Algebra (3)
  • LA 1333 Landscape Systems (3)
  • EN 1103 English Composition I (3)
  • LA 1153 Intro to LA (3)
  • LA 1533 Presentation Methods and Media (3)

Spring Semester
  • BIO 2113 Plant Biology with Lab (3)
  • LA 1423 History of LA (3)
  • EN 1113 English Composition II (3)
  • MA/ST 2113 Introduction to Statistics (3)
  • LA 1223 Use of Computers in LA (3)

  • LA 1711 Landscape Contracting Internship I (Required)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • PSS 2423 Plant Materials I (3)
  • LA 2544 Construction I: Materials (4)
  • LA 2554 Design I: Site Design (4)
  • EC 2113 Macroeconomics (3)
  • FLS 1113 Spanish I (3)

Spring Semester
  • PSS 3473 Plant Materials II (3)
  • LA 2644 Construction II: Grading (4)
  • LA 2654 Design II: Neighborhood Context (4)
  • CH 1043 Survey of Chemistry I (3)
  • FLS 1123 Spanish II (3)

  • LA 2652 Precedent Studies (2)
  • LA 2711 Landscape Contracting Internship II (Required)

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • PSS 3303/3301 Soils with lab (4)
  • Fine Arts Core (3)
  • LA 3701 Junior Seminar
  • LA 3544 Construction III: Hydrology (4)
  • LA 3554 Design III: Town/Rural Context (4)

Spring Semester
  • EC 2123 Microeconomics (3)
  • LA 2253 Planting Design Fundamentals (3)
  • PSS 3133 Intro to Weed Science (3)
  • LA 3654 LA Design Studio IV (4)
  • PSS 4353 Arboriculture (3)

  • LA 3652 Case Studies of Executive Works in LA (2)
  • LA 3711 Landscape Contracting Internship III (Required)

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • MGT 3513 Intro Human Resource Mgmt (3)
  • LA 4723 LA Pro Practice/Firm Management (3)
  • LA 4701 Senior Seminar (1)
  • LA 4754 LA Design V: Regional Context (4)
  • MKT 3013 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • LA 3654 Urban Planning (3)

Spring Semester
  • LA 4721 LC Field Trip II (1)
  • LA 4344 LA Construction IV: Irrigation and Lighting (4)
  • LA 4844 Design of Sustainable Communities (4)
  • LA 4854 LA Capstone Studio (4)
  • LA 4724 Construction Cost Estimating (4)

  • ACC 2013 Principle of Financial Accounting (3)
  • ACC 2023 Managerial Accounting (3)

Fifth Year Senior

Fall Semester
  • PSS 4414 Turfgrass Management (4)
  • BL 3223 Business Law (3)
  • MGT 3323 Entrepreneurship (3)
  • LA 4753 Sustainable Land Management (3)
  • EPP 3423 Ornamental & Turfgrass Insects (3)

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.

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Department of Landscape Architecture
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