Master of Architecture NAAB Accreditation

NAAB Accreditation

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.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Graduate Architecture Program offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

M.Arch Track I Program - 102 credits (non-preprofessional degree, 42 preprofessional credits + 60 graduate credits)
For students from undergraduate degree programs other than architecture. The 42 preprofessional credits match the MassArt preprofessional program. 

M.Arch Track II Program - 60 credits (preprofessional degree + 60 graduate credits)
Students from BArch, BS Arch, 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 Letter


2013 Initial Accreditation Architecture Program Report (APR)
2013 Initial Accreditation Visiting Team Report (VTR) and Response 
2012 Annual Report Narrative
2011 Annual Report Narrative
2010 Annual Report Narrative
2009 Progress Report

Accreditation Conditions and Procedures

Students may review the Conditions for Accreditation 2014 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

2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation - in effect during Initial Accreditation
2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation - currently in effect
2015 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation (Amended) 

NCARB ARE Pass Rates

2014 is the first year MassArt has ARE Pass Rates to report.
NCARB ARE Pass website
MassArt ARE 2014 Pass Rates are available to view upon search with Massachussetts as State.