NAAB Architecture Accreditation


Architects must be licensed to practice. The School of Architecture’s B.Arch and M.Arch degrees prepare graduates for licensure. The School of Architecture’s B.E.D.A. prepares graduates for pre-professional work where a license is not required, as well as for advanced degree work and eventual licensure.

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) recognizes three types of degrees:

  • the Bachelor of Architecture
  • the Master of Architecture
  • the Doctor of Architecture.



A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation. Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Candidacy Status

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. Marywood University’s Five-year Architecture program (B.ARCH.) is in the process of securing accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Following an NAAB visit in October, 2012, the School of Architecture was formally granted Initial Candidacy status for its B.ARCH professional degree program in March, 2013. The NAAB Team Report gave us high marks for: the design of our facilities, the dedication of our faculty, the vision and commitment of the University and School administration, the high quality of our pedagogy, and the involvement of our students in helping to shape the School of Architecture. Having been granted Initial Candidacy status by the NAAB, our program is following all policies and procedures mandated by our accreditation agency. Our program is not on probation for failure to meet any NAAB standards, nor do we anticipate that this will be case as we move forward toward our Initial Accreditation status. The NAAB requires that all B.ARCH. professional degree programs be in existence for a minimum of five years before they can assess the work of the School. We are now completing our fourth year. The NAAB does not accredit four-year, pre-professional degree programs so the 4 year BEDA does not qualify for NAAB status. The next NAAB visit for Continuation of Candidacy will occur in 2014 (most likely in the spring), and the anticipated year for Initial Accreditationis 2016. Once Initial Accreditation is granted, students who have graduated from our program prior to 2016, retroactively receive the accredited degree.

NASAD Interior Architecture Accreditation

The Interior Architecture Program is currently accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Students are eligible to sit for the NCIDQ professional Interior Design licensing.