National Architectural Accrediting Board – Public Information
The National Architectural Accrediting Board expects programs to be transparent and accountable in the information provided to students, faculty, and the public. As a result, the following seven conditions require all NAAB – accredited programs to make certain information publicly available online.
1. Statement on NAAB-Accredited Degrees
In the United States, most 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 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.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program expects to achieve initial accreditation within six 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.
Bowling Green State University, Department of Architecture and Environmental Design is in candidacy for accreditation of the following NAAB-accredited degree program:
- M. Arch. (preprofessional degree + 52 graduate credits)
- Initial Candidacy granted: 2013
- Next visit for continuation of candidacy: 2015
- Projected year of initial accreditation: 2019
2. Access to NAAB Conditions and Procedures
3. Access to Career Development Information
Cooperative Education Program
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
NCARB Certification Guidelines
Association of Collegiate School of Architecture (ACSA)
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)