NAAB Accreditation

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a perquisite 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 6-year, 3-year, or 2-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, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Philadelphia University’s Architecture Program offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:

  • Bachelor of Architecture (165 total number of credits required)

In August 2012, the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), following their April visit to campus, granted another six-year term of accreditation to our Architecture Program, effective January 1, 2012.  The Visiting Team Report commends the program on its academic situation that “creates an ideal milieu for a multidisciplinary education, the arts, and construction,” on its faculty, and on its mission of “preparing a well-rounded student, equipped to rise in the professional world.”

Founded in 1991, the Architecture Program leads to a Bachelor of Architecture degree, has an enrollment of 312 students, and has been accredited by NAAB since 1997.

Our students and faculty collaborated to create a College of Architecture + the Built Environment studio culture document. Please click here to view it:

To access NAAB’s Conditions and Procedures for accreditation, please click here:

To gain a better understanding of the context of architecture education and career paths available to graduates of accredited programs, please click here:

To learn about the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) and to access The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects, The Emerging Professional’s Companion, and other important sources, click here:

Other useful websites include:

To access our Program’s Annual Reports, NAAB’s responses to our Annual Reports, the most recent NAAB decision letter regarding our program, our most recent Architectural Program Report (APR), and/or the most recent Visiting Team Report, please contact Prof. James Doerfler at

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