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.

University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art,and Planning, School of Architecture and Interior Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program(s). 

  • MArch 1 (baccalaureate degree + 117 credits)
  • MArch 2 (pre-professional degree + 76 credits)

Next visit for continuation of candidacy: 2015

In order to assist prospective students and others, as they seek to develop an understanding of the body of knowledge and skills that constitute a professional education in architecture, and for transparency in the ongoing accreditation process, the following documents are available:


The 2009 NAAB Visiting Team Report, which summarizes the NAAB findings in 2009; the 2009 final decision letter from the NAAB; the annual follow-up responses for each subsequent year; and the NAAB responses to those annual reports, are available to the public for review in the office of the School of Architecture and Interior Design.