Sunday, March 6, 2011

Question about NAAB Accreditation

One of the school's I'm interested in attending for architecture this coming Fall has a M. Architecture program that is NAAB accredited, however their pre-professional architecture degrees are not accredited. Is that okay? Or should I halt my consideration of that college?

You should certainly consider this program as pre-professional degrees are not eligible for accreditation; only the Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Doctor of Architecture can be accredited. 

For details, visit the NAAB - and the statement below.
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 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.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Dr. Architecture

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