NAAB Accreditation


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.


The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • M Arch (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)
  • M Arch (non-pre-professional degree + 109 credits)


Next accreditation visit for both programs: 2017.


For more information about accreditation visit the NAAB website

Career Development Information

The links below provide resources for you to develop an understanding of the larger context for architecture education and the career pathways available to graduates of accredited degree programs:


Webpages, Handbooks, and Articles:

The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects

Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture

The Emerging Professional's Companion



The American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architecture Students

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

The National Architectural Accrediting Board

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

The National Organization of Minority Architects



Architect? A Candid Guide to the Profession, Roger K. Lewis, FAIA, (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press)

Becoming an Architect, Lee W. Waldrep, PhD., (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

Architects Registration Examination Pass Rates

Annually, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards publishes pass rates for each section of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) by institution. This information may be useful to you while planning your higher/post-secondary education.


Link to the annual ARE pass rates.