NAAB Statement 2023


National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)


In the United States, most 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards. 


Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.


Princeton University, School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited

degree program(s):


Master of Architecture, Professional (M.Arch)*

non-pre-professional degree + 112 graduate credit hours


Master of Architecture, Professional (M.Arch)*

pre-professional degree + 72 graduate credit hours


Next accreditation visit for the M.Arch: 2024


*The National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited program meets the educational requirements for licensure in every state and the District of Columbia.



Access to NAAB Conditions and Procedures

a) Conditions for Accreditation, 2020 Edition 

b) Conditions for Accreditation, 2014 Edition

c) Conditions for Accreditation, 2009 Edition, in effect at the time of the last visit (2014)

d) Procedures for Accreditation, 2020 Edition 

e) Procedures for Accreditation, 2012 Edition, in effect at the time of the last visit (2014)



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