Accreditation Status and Professional Registration

Student work in CAPLA's Sundt Gallery during the School of Architecture's 2016 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.

The University of Arizona School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • B. Arch. (174 undergraduate credits)
  • M. Arch. (preprofessional degree + 67 graduate credits)
  • M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 101 credits)

In Spring 2016, our B.Arch and M.Arch programs were granted eight-year accreditations. The next accreditation visit for all programs is spring 2024.


Registration and Career Development:

In order to become a registered architect in most US states, one needs a professional architecture degree from a NAAB-accredited program such as UA's B.Arch or M.Arch, completion of the Architectural Experience Program, and completion of the Architect Registration Examination. Information on these three facets of an architect's training can be found on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) website and in the NCARB Certification Guidelines. 

The Arizona School of Architecture encourages its graduates to become registered architects. To this end, we invite an NCARB staff member to our school each year to update students on licensure requirements. We also encourage all graduating students to join the American Institute of Architects free for the first two years as Associates. AIA Associates conduct regular Architectural Registration Exam study groups in preparation for sitting for the exam.