The Department currently holds a full 6-year term of accreditation for its Master of Architecture degree program from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (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, 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.
Wentworth Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 36 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2018.
(From the NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, 2009)
In order to assist parents, students, and others as they seek to develop an understanding of the body of knowledge and skills that constitute a professional education in architecture, the NAAB Conditions for Accreditation and the NAAB Procedures for Accreditation are available at:
Career Development Information
To develop an understanding of the larger context for architecture education and the career pathways available to graduates of accredited degree programs, please visit the links listed below. In addition, resources such as the NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects, Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture, and the Emerging Professional's Companion are available in Wentworth's library.
Public Access to APRs and VTRs
In order to promote transparency in the process of accreditation in architecture education, Wentworth makes the following documents available to the public in the Institute's library: all Annual Reports, all NAAB responses to the Annual Report, the final decision letter from the NAAB, the most recent APR, the final edition of the most recent Visiting Team Report, including attachments and addenda.
Architect Registration Exam Pass Rates
Annually the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards publishes pass rates for each section of the Architect Registration Examination by institution. This information is available at the following website:
Student Performance Criteria
The department’s Student Performance Criteria are based on standards established by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). For a detailed description of the NAAB Performance Criteria used throughout the curriculum, visit the NAAB website, select "Public Documents/Accreditation" and download the most current year's conditions. The Institute's Student Learning Goals are available via Wentworth's website.