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 program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
The College of Architecture’s NAAB-accredited degrees include the Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture programs. Master's 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.
Part of the NAAB Conditions for Accreditation are the Student Performance Criteria. The criteria encompass two levels of accomplishment:
Understanding: The capacity to classify, compare, summarize, explain and/or interpret information.
Ability: Proficiency in using specific information to accomplish a task, correctly selecting the appropriate information, and accurately applying it to the solution of a specific problem, while also distinguishing the effects of its implementation.
For more information, please visit the following National Architectural Accrediting Board links on accreditation: