The National Architectural Accrediting Board [NAAB.org]
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A degree program may be granted a 6–year, 3–year, or 2–year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The Academy of Art University, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited programs:
- M.Arch (pre-professional degree + 63 graduate credits)
- M.Arch (non-pre-professional degree + 87 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for all M.Arch programs: 2021
The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within 6 years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.
Academy of Art University, School of Architecture was granted candidacy for the following professional degree program in architecture:
- B.Arch. (162 undergraduate credits): 2012
Projected year of initial accreditation: 2015*
Current NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
Conditions for Accreditation in effect at the time of last NAAB visit
Current Procedures for Accreditation
ARE Pass Rates
*The NAAB Board decision for the Initial Accreditation Visit conducted in Fall 2015 is expected to be announced in March 2016. If approved, the B.Arch program will be retroactively accredited for all B.Arch students graduating on or after Jan 1, 2015.