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 Texas at Austin School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
- B. Arch. (5 years)
- M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 3½ years)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2018
NAAB Accreditation Conditions and Procedures
The 2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation and the 2015 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation outline, respectively, the requirements that an accredited degree program must meet and procedures that they and the visiting teams must follow in order to demonstrate (a) the achievement of minimum standards and (b) a uniform accrediting process.
- 2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
- 2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
- 2015 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation
Architecture Program Report and Annual Reports
The Architecture Program Report (APR) serves both as a self-study for the program and as the principal source document for conducting the visit. In order to promote transparency in the accreditation process, the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture has made these documents available:
NAAB ARE Pass Rates
Annually, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards publishes pass rates for each section of the Architect Registration Examination by the institution. The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture has made this information available by publishing the annual results: