The Department of Landscape Architecture offers students who have at minimum a 3.0 GPA to apply for their accelerated track during the fall of their junior year. Required as part of the application is a portfolio, three letters of recommendation, letter of intent and a copy of your transcripts. If accepted that student would then enroll in the classes they would normally take as a first year masters student in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program.
While taking on the responsibilities of a graduate student can be a bit daunting let me be the first to tell you they are SO worth it. First, the financial benefit is quite staggering as it saves one years graduate tuition which comes to about $24,000 in tuition and fees. Tack on housing for the year, food and transportation and you're looking at a savings of probably about $34,000! Second, as a graduate student you will begin working on more complex design projects, traveling to see various sites (like my trip to Seattle, Washington), and be given your very own desk (showed you all a picture of mine in a previous post) in a secured studio.
If you have any lingering questions about the Accelerated track you can email Brad Agee the current Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Landscape Architecture.
Have a good week!