Graduate study is directed towards the analysis, planning and design of exterior spaces, both urban and rural. The program emphasizes the development and testing of physical forms intended to positively affect the quality of the designed environment; forms which are responsive to societal needs, while remaining expressive of the physiographic conditions associated with specific geographic locations.
The department attempts to provide a sense of need and purpose for each student, through the investigation of contemporary urban and rural environmental problems from micro to regional scales.
The MLA program is accredited by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), which has reciprocal recognition from the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) in the United States.
Successful completion of a program accredited by the CSLA/LAAB qualifies graduates to sit the North America-wide Landscape Architecture Registration Exam (LARE), the North America-wide qualification for professional registration. In Manitoba, having an accredited degree plus two years in practice and passing Section A of the LARE is required for professional registration with the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects (MALA).