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Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

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 How Will You Shape the World as a Landscape Architect 



Research in Landscape Architecture

Our Mission

We prepare graduates to be leaders in the field of landscape architecture by integrating student learning with faculty research and creative pursuits and engaging with partners in communities and other disciplines. Through these activities we significantly advance the discipline of landscape architecture. We blend our understanding of ecological and societal needs to design, plan and manage the interface between humans and nature to shape environments in ways that benefit both through critical thinking, design processes and implementation. Focused on preparation for professional practice, we are highly skilled, diligent, passionate people dedicated and working together in vertically integrated studios that are collaborative and energetic.


Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students


Landscape architecture firms and other professional organizations are surveyed annually by DesignIntelligence, identifying the top ranked academic programs in the nation. In 2019, the Kansas State University Master of Landscape Architecture program ranked:

  • 8th Most Admired Landscape Architecture School
  • In the top 5 of strongest programs in all 12 focus areas
  • 1st in Most Hired From Landscape Architecture Schools in our size cohort

Accreditation & licensure


The Master of Landscape Architecture degree is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).

The LAAB is the accrediting organization for landscape architectural programs. As such, the LAAB develops standards to objectively evaluate landscape architectural programs and judges whether a school’s landscape architectural program is in compliance with the accreditation standards.

The LAAB is comprised of landscape architecture practitioners and academicians, representatives from landscape architecture collateral organizations and public representatives. The collateral organizations are the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) and Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA).

The next LAAB Site Visit will take place Fall 2021.


Kansas State University's accredited landscape architecture degree qualifies graduates to take the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE). The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) writes, administers, and grades the LARE. Each state sets its own requirements for licensure and the timing of taking the LARE. Many states now allow applicants to begin taking the exam after graduation - but not all. CLARB provides the latest information on state rules regarding when applicants can begin taking the exam. Many states also have a rolling 5-year clock for taking the exam, meaning that you must pass all sections within 5 years of taking the first section. Be sure to review the information provided by the state licensure board where you intend to earn your first license.


We offer two tracks to the accredited Master of Landscape Architecture Degree, STEM CIP 03.0103 Environmental Studies for high school graduates, transfer students, and college graduates.



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Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning
College of Architecture, Planning & Design

1086 Seaton Hall | Manhattan KS 66506-2902 | 785-532-5961 | lrcpdept@k-state.edu