The Boston Architectural College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Every 10 years, The Boston Architectural College undergoes a self-study as part of our reaccreditation by NEASC. The findings of the most recent study were submitted to NEASC on September 30, 2016.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administration of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road, Suite 201
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
Through its Board of Higher Education, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Higher Education charters all degrees at The Boston Architectural College. The BAC is approved by the Commonwealth to grant bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, and design studies.
The Bachelor of Architecture program has been accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) since 1977. The Master of Architecture program has been accredited by NAAB since 2001. The most recent NAAB accreditation was awarded in 2012, and the next full accreditation review visit is scheduled for 2018.
The Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Master of Interior Architecture programs have been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER) since 2002. CIDA accreditation was renewed in 2015 for a term of six years.
The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program began its accreditation process with the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) in the spring of 2013. The LAAB Visiting Team conducted its onsite full accreditation review of the MLA professional degree program in October 2013, and the MLA program received its initial three-year accreditation. The next LAAB review is scheduled for Fall 2016.
The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Program was accredited by LAAB in 2010 for an initial three-year term. The BLA program was reviewed for a second time in the fall of 2013 and received a six-year reaccreditation with the next accreditation visit scheduled for the fall of 2019.