The Master of Landscape Architecture degree is currently being reviewed for initial accreditation by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program is fully accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) and will be phased out on or before May 15th 2022.  For more information, see To become a licensed landscape architect requires an accredited professional degree, internship and a state exam leading to licensure. 

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, accreditation is a non-governmental, voluntary system of self-regulation. Its core is the concept of self-evaluation. The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) accreditation process evaluates each program on the basis of its stated objectives and compliance to externally mandated minimum standards. The program conducts a self-study to evaluate how well it is meeting its educational goals. LAAB then provides an independent assessment, which determines if a program meets accreditation requirements. Programs leading to first professional degrees at the bachelor's or master's levels in the United States are eligible to apply for accreditation from LAAB. 

The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) develops and promulgates the accreditation standards, rules and procedures for conducting the accreditation process. LAAB is vested with its authority by the ASLA Board of Trustees.

LAAB is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the official accrediting body for first professional programs in landscape architecture. LAAB is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). CHEA reviews LAAB accreditation standards and procedures to ensure that the policies and procedures meet proper standards.

The official scope of LAAB accreditation is "...first professional programs at the bachelor's or master's level." Others, such as pre professional and advanced professional programs, lie outside LAAB's scope. LAAB reviews eligible programs in the United States and its territories.

Accreditation of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree.

The Bachelors of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) Degree was granted accreditation for a period of six (6) years by the LAAB at its February 2020 meeting.  The six-year period of accreditation ends December 31, 2025. Accordingly, the BLA program at North Dakota State University is next scheduled for a review during the fall of 2025; however, LAAB understands the department’s intent is to phase out the BLA program by 2022.


Accreditation of the Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) Degree.

LAAB expects to consider the application for initial accreditation again at its Winter, 2021 meeting


The Program

The Department of Landscape Architecture at North Dakota State University offers a first professional degree, the Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.). You may elect to receive a pre-professional Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in environmental design degree at the end of four years, useful for those who want to enter graduate programs. The program is one of approximately 60 professional programs in landscape architecture in the United States and Canada that are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).


Career Development Information


Public Information

NDSU Architecture Program Report (APR) 2017

Visiting Team Report (VTR) 2018

About CLARB + Pass Rates for the Landscape Architecture Registration Exam (LARE)

The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) works to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and promoting professional licensure standards. Our members are the licensure boards across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Each section of the exam is passed or failed independently of the other sections. Candidates retain credit for sections passed and are only required to retake failed sections unless the jurisdiction has a time limit restriction for completing the exam. 

In most jurisdictions, candidates can begin the exam process immediately after graduation. Research suggests candidates have greater success on Sections 1 & 2 when taken closer to graduation. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to pass on your first attempt. So start as soon as you graduate. 

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