Graduate Certificate and Master's Degree in Landscape Design

After forty-three years of providing the Washington DC area with knowledgeable and talented landscape designers, GW’s Landscape Design program is winding down its offerings, and will not accept new applications after Summer 2016. 

If you have been considering joining the program or finishing your certificate or master’s degree, now is the time to do so! We are assembling our last class for the foreseeable future, and with enough committed students, we will ensure that it is taught to the end with the same rigor and passion for which we are known. 

Come and take advantage of this final opportunity to become an accomplished landscape designer.  There really is no competitor in the area that can provide the level of instruction that you will receive through our program. For information please contact Mona Yep at

The Landscape Design Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree Program is ideally suited for landscape professionals seeking to upgrade skills, individuals who want to become professional landscape designers, amateurs with an interest in the art of garden design, institutional horticultural staff, nursery employees, and garden design writers. The program provides a background in horticulture, nursery and planting standards, and the creative process of design. Courses are geared to small-scale landscape design applications with emphasis on sound design principles, good site engineering methods, and creative use of plant materials.

By choosing the Master's degree program, students also learn a fundamental understanding of best practices in landscape conservation and sustainability, adapted to the small scale landscape, at the neighborhood level. These highly successful programs have a strong reputation in the regional industry. Area landscape design firms, plant nurseries, and contractors frequently seek out graduates of this program, and graduates often go on to pursue advanced degrees in landscape architecture.

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This part-time Graduate Certificate program offers classes evenings and weekends in five eight-week terms during the calendar year.
  • 13 courses, 28 credits required (includes one introductory course)
  • Studio design courses meet one evening per week at the GW Graduate Education Center, Arlington
  • Plants classes meet at the U.S. National Arboretum and other local public gardens on weekdays or Saturday mornings
  • May be applied to a Master of Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech's Alexandria campus


The Landscape Design program also offers an individual or stackable Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes, which prepares advanced landscape design students, practicing landscape designers and all allied professionals including urban planners, environmentalists, naturalists and restoration ecologists, with a fundamental understanding of best practices in landscape conservation and sustainability, adapted to the small-scale landscape.

Program Contacts

Senior Marketing and Recruitment Specialist
Mona Yep
(703) 299-0199

Program Director
Lauren Wheeler, LEED AP
(703) 248-6060