NDSU offers a 5-year LAAB accredited, first-professional Master of Landscape Architecture degree program housed primarily in two beautifully restored historic industrial buildings in downtown Fargo, which has emerged as an exciting, student-oriented urban district. Most students entering the graduate program in landscape architecture come directly from the NDSU pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design program. The curriculum includes field trips to cities across the country and is supported by a professionally staffed wood shop, digital media labs, and laser cutters and 3D printing for model-making. Both traditional and digital media are emphasized. An optional semester abroad, plus foreign study tours during summers are offered.
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure.
The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in landscape architecture offered by institutions with U.S. has a mission to evaluate, advocate for, and advance the quality of education in professional program leading to a degree in landscape architecture.
North Dakota State University’s Landscape Architecture program offers the following LAAB-accredited degree program:
- Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
- Next accreditation visit: 2022
- Students currently enrolled in the 4-year pre-professional degree at NDSU may apply to the Master of Landscape Architecture program. Transfer students with pre-professional or professional degrees in landscape architecture from another school may be considered for admission to years 4 and 5 in the program, based on test scores, GPA, and portfolio review. Transfer students should contact the department directly before application to the Graduate School.
- Candidates must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to be considered for full graduate standing.