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NAAB Accreditation

The Boston Architectural College offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:  

  • B.Arch (150 undergraduate credits and 3,000 practice hours)
  • M.Arch, onsite and online (90 credits and 3,000 practice hours)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2018

Further, many states require that an individual intending to become an architect complete the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) Architecture Experience Program (AXP). The BAC identifies the point of eligibility for each student. Interested students may fulfill part or all of IDP requirements during their period of enrollment at the BAC. Many students will be eligible to sit for the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) before graduation.

From the 2014 NAAB conditions for accreditation appendix five:

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 six-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 consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitutes an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Visit naab.org for information regarding the following:

  • The 2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
  • The NAAB Procedures for Accreditation (edition currently in effect)

Access to Architecture Program Reports, Visiting Team Reports, and other required accreditation documents are available to the public in the BAC library.

2016 ARE Pass Rates

The Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) is a multi-section exam used for the purposes of licensure qualification throughout the United States. These are the ARE exam scores registered by BAC graduates during the most recently reported exam cycle:

  • Programming, Planning & Practice: 51% (US overall 56%)
  • Site Planning & Design: 65% (US overall 65%)
  • Building Design & Construction Systems: 55% (US overall 64%)
  • Schematic Design: 77% (US overall 78%)
  • Structural Systems: 57% (US overall 65%)
  • Building Systems: 75% (US overall 64%)
  • Construction Documents & Services: 49% (US overall 77%)