Master of Architecture 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.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Graduate Architecture Program offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
M.Arch Track I Program - 102 credits (= 42 pre-professional credits + 60 graduate credits)
For students from undergraduate degree programs other than architecture. The 42 pre-professional credits match the MassArt pre-professional program.
M.Arch Track II Program - 60 credits (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)
Students from BArch, BS Arch and BA, and BFA Arch programs, including MassArt would start no later than the fourth semester of Track I for a minimum of five semesters - some may require additional specific courses from the earlier three semesters of the program based upon extensive review of their coursework, including review of portfolios for design studios and professional studio electives, and all course descriptions and syllabi (papers and other learning outcomes may be requested).
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2016
The National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB) granted MassArt initial accreditation for the Master of Architecture degree, for a 3-year term effective January 1, 2013.
Accreditation Conditions and Procedures
Students may review the Conditions for Accreditation 2009 edition paying particular attention to the "Student Performance Criteria", and Procedures for Accreditation 2012 amended edition. Pages are linked below and are located on the National Architectural Accrediting Board website NAAB.org.