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.
NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within 6 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.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Graduate Architecture Program was granted candidacy for the following professional degree programs in architecture:
M.Arch Track I Program - 102 credits (42 pre-professional credits + 60 graduate credits) - 2007
For students from 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) - 2007
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, syllabi, papers and other learning outcomes.
A visiting team reviewed Massachusetts College of Art and Design for initial accreditation in the fall of 2011 and recommended continued candidacy for NAAB accreditation for the degree of Master of Architecture (M.Arch).
Accreditation reports are also available in MassArt's Godine Library.
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 edition) below and at the National Architectural Accrediting Board website NAAB.org.