Landscape Contracting and Management

Landscape Contracting and Management

A landscape contractor is a specialty contractor who provides the materials and services needed to make the landscape architect's project become a reality; and/or to provide the management and maintenance needed to keep the project in prime condition after implementation.


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 Landscape Contracting and Management 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.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2009, first-line supervisors and managers of landscaping, lawn service and grounds keeping workers' median annual salary was $40,950. Landscaping contractors fall into this category. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment is expected to grow faster than average, and job opportunities should be good.


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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 1203 Plant Biology/Lab (3)
  • MA/ST 2113 Introduction to Statistics (3)
  • EN 1123 English Composition II (3)
  • CH 1043 Survey of Chemistry 1 (3)
  • LA 1223 Use of Computers in LA (3)

Summer 10 Week Session following the Freshman Year
  • LA 1711 Landscape Contracting Internship I (Required)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • PSS 2423 Plant Materials (3)
  • LA 2544 Construction I: Materials (4)
  • EC 2113 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • FLS 1113 Spanish I (3)
  • ACC 2013 Principles of Financial Accounting (3)

Spring Semester
  • LA 2644 Construction II: Grading (4)
  • FLS 1123 Spanish II (3)
  • ACC 2023 Managerial Accounting (3)
  • EC 2123 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • PSS 3473 Plant Materials II (3)

Summer 10 Week Session following the Freshman Year
  • LA 2711 Landscape Contracting Internship II (Required)

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • PSS 3303/3301 Soils with Lab (4)
  • LA 4724 Construction and Management Cost Estimating (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • EPP 3423 Ornamental & Turfgrass Insects (3)
  • LA 3701 Junior Seminar (1)

Spring Semester
  • CO 1003 Fund of Public Speaking (3)
  • LA 3653 Planting Design Fundamentals (3)
  • LA 3721 LC Field Trip I (1)
  • MGT 3323 Entrepreneurship (3)
  • PSS 3133 Intro to Weed Science (3)
  • MGT 3513 Intro Human Resource Management (3)

Summer 10 Week Session following the Freshman Year
  • LA 3711 Landscape Contracting Internship III (Required)

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Fine Arts Core (3)
  • LA 4723 LA Pro Practice/Firm Management (3)
  • LA 4701 Senior Seminar (1)
  • PSS 4414 Turfgrass Management (4)
  • MKT 3013 Principles of Marketing (3)

Spring Semester
  • LA 4721 LC Field Trip II
  • LA 4344 Landscape Arch Construction IV: Irrigation and Lighting (4)
  • PSS 4353 Aboriculture (3)
  • BL 3223 Business Law (3)
  • LA 4753 Sustainable Landscape Management (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.

Landscape Contracting Transfer Guide

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Department of Landscape Architecture
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