NAAB-Accredited vs. Non-NAAB Accredited Programs

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is an agency that evaluates architecture programs in the United States to ensure that graduates have the technical and critical thinking skills required to have a rewarding career in the profession. The NAAB’s accreditation is independent of the school’s overall accreditation.

Most of the 55 U.S. licensing boards require that architects hold a professional degree from a NAAB-accredited program, which include Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, and Doctor of Architecture programs. Additionally, NCARB requires a degree from a NAAB-accredited program to satisfy the education requirement for certification.

Looking for a NAAB-accredited program? Search the NAAB’s list.

Many schools offer architecture programs that have not been accredited by the NAAB. Graduates of these non-accredited programs will be limited in terms of where they can practice, as well as have additional requirements to earn an architecture license and NCARB Certificate.

Don’t have a degree from a NAAB-accredited program? Learn about your licensure and certification options.