For individuals who
Enjoy the intersection of science and design. Want to creatively solve real-world design problems. Want to create meaningful spaces to improve lives and strengthen communities.
A strong cohort of peers and professors. An accredited degree required for professional licensure. Experience creating a self-directed research and design project.
- Building Restoration
- Commercial/Institutional Architecture
- Real Estate Development
- Residential Architecture
- Urban Design and Development
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure.
The NAAB, which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. The next accreditation visit will be in 2026.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
- Students currently enrolled in the 4-year pre-professional degree at NDSU may apply to the Master of Architecture program. Transfer students with pre-professional or professional degrees in 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