NAAB Accreditation Statement

NAAB Accreditation Statement

Rensselaer School of Architecture’s Bachelor of Architecture (5-year) program and Master of Architecture 3 1/2 year program) are accredited by the NAAB. The National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredits the Rensselaer School of Architecture’s Bachelor of Architecture program and its Master of Architecture program. The following statement is included in the catalog, pursuant to the requirement of the NAAB:

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, 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, three-year, or two-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 require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission.  However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, School of Architecture offers the following NAAB accredited degree programs:

  • BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE (171 undergraduate credits)
  • MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE (pre-professional Degree + 100 credits)

NOTE: At every start of semester All-School Meeting, faculty and incoming students are informed of how to access the NAAB Conditions for Accreditation (including the student Performance Criteria) on the NAAB website.



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Evan Douglis, Professor


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