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 - 102 credits (non-preprofessional degree, 42 preprofessional credits + 60 graduate credits)

M.Arch Track II - 60 credits (preprofessional degree + 60 graduate credits)

Next accreditation visit for the M.Arch program: 2024

The National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB) granted the MassArt Master of Architecture degree program an eight-year term of accreditation effective January 1, 2016.

2016 NAAB Accreditation Letter


The reports included below are also available to the public in MassArt's Morton R. Godine Library.

2015 Architecture Program Report (APR)
2016 Visiting Team Report (VTR)
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 of Massachusetts pass rates.