From the 2009 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.
The Boston Architectural College, School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
- B.Arch. (150 undergraduate credits)
- M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 48 graduate credits)-Distance M.Arch.
- M.Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 105 credits)-onsite M.Arch.
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2018
See the following URLs for NAAB conditions and procedures:
- The 2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
- The NAAB Procedures for Accreditation (edition currently in effect)
Public access to Architecture Program Reports, Visiting Team reports, and other required accreditation documents are available to the public in the BAC library.
Further, many states require that an individual intending to become an architect complete the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) Intern Development Program (IDP). 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) immediately upon graduation.