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 semesters 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.
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.
Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the employment of landscape architects is expected to grow 6% from 2016 to 2026. The median annual wage for landscape architects was $65,760 in 2017.
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.
Residents of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Maryland may attend Mississippi State University and major in Landscape Contracting and Management at in-state tuition rates through the Academic Common Market. Residents of Alabama, Delaware, and Tennessee may attend Mississippi State University and major in Landscape Architecture at in-state tuition rates through the Academic Common Market. Find out more about the Academic Common Market. States offering this opportunity are subject to change.