National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Statement: “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.”

The University of Florida School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch) – Track I: Undergraduate pre-professional degree with architecture major + 52 graduate semester credit hours
  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch) – Track II: Undergraduate professional degree + 30 graduate semester credit hours
  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch) – Track III: Undergraduate degree with non-architecture major + 48 preparatory semester credits + 52 graduate semester credit hours

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2022.

Visit our Graduate Programs in Architecture to learn more about our programs. For more information about the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), visit the NAAB Website.

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Licensing, Registration, and Certification in other States

  • Bachelor of Design in Architecture (B.Des.): The Bachelor of Design in Architecture (B.Des) degree is a pre-professional degree program. As a stand-alone degree program, it does NOT meet the minimum requirement for licensure as an architect in the State of Florida. No determination has been made about the program’s curriculum meeting other state’s educational requirements for licensure or certification as an architect.
  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch.): The University of Florida Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredits professional degrees in architecture offered by institutions accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency. All 55 U.S. registration boards accept the NAAB-accredited degree for registration; 38 of those boards require it. For more information, visit the NAAB website.

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