The MLA thesis in flux
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Over the past decade, graduate education in landscape architecture has expanded, mainly in the area of first professional degree programs. With this expansion, changes in program curriculums have also occurred. In many cases, MLA programs now offer an option between the once required written thesis and a terminal project or studio. Early statistics show that the great majority of students who are faced with this option do not choose the written thesis, opting for the design based project or studio, instead. This trend has gone virtually unstudied. This paper puts forth that the fate of the written thesis, a fairly new addition to graduate programs in landscape architecture, is worthy of further study. By analyzing program curriculums and previously written theses, an attempt is made to determine how relevant the thesis requirement is to current LA education.