In the United States, most state 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 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.
The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
- M Arch (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)
- M Arch (non-pre-professional degree + 109 credits)
Next accreditation visit for both programs: 2017.
For more information about accreditation visit the NAAB website.