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)

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.

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.”

The next accreditation visit for the B.ARCH. program will be in 2018.

To access NAAB’s 2009 Conditions for Accreditation (in effect during the last visit), please click here:

To access the B.Arch. Program’s Architecture Program Report (APR) and Visiting Team Report (VTR), click here.

Thomas Jefferson University’s Architecture Program also offers the following NAAB-candidacy degree program:

  • Master of Architecture (preprofessional degree + 48 required credits; non-preprofessional degree + 100 required credits)

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program expects to achieve initial accreditation within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In August 2015, Philadelphia University launched its Master of Architecture Program, which NAAB has deteremined is eligible for an Initial Candidacy Visit, scheduled for April, 2016. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

Eligibility granted: July 2015

Projected Initial Candidacy Decision: July 2016

Projected year of initial accreditation: January 2018

To access the M.Arch. Program’s Application for Candidacy decision letter from NAAB, click here.

To access NAAB’s 2014 Conditions for Accreditation, please click here:

To access NAAB's 2015 Procedures for Accreditation, please click here:

To view the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) pass rates, 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:

Additional Information:
Our students and faculty collaborated to create a College of Architecture + the Built Environment studio culture document. It is being re-evaluated by the CABE community during the 2015-16 academic year. Please click here to view it:

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