The NCARB Education Standard is the approximation of the course requirements of a degree from a program accredited by the NAAB. It includes liberal arts classes, architecture classes, and electives, which together comprise a professional education in architecture.

The Education Standard is primarily used to evaluate degrees from non-accredited programs (including degrees not related to architecture, architecture degrees from programs not accredited by the NAAB, and degrees earned outside the United States or Canada). Through the Education Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA) program, the NAAB will review your existing education credits and determine if they meet the requirements of a NAAB-accredited degree. If any deficiencies are identified, you can take additional coursework. Once the necessary coursework is completed, the NAAB could then determine that your education is equivalent to a degree from a NAAB-accredited program.

You can learn more about the education requirement and the NCARB Education Standard in the Education Guidelines.

Please note: the NAAB charges a fee for EESA evaluations.