Accreditation

The Department currently holds a full 6-year term of accreditation (the maximum possible under the 2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation) for its Master of Architecture degree program from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). 

NAAB Part Two (II): Section 4: Public Information

In order to promote transparency in the process of accreditation in architectural education, Wentworth is required by NAAB to make the following information available to the public.

II.4.1 Statement on NAAB-Accredited Degrees

The National Architectural Accreditation Board requires that the following text be placed on promotional materials of all accredited architecture programs:

“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, 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 preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.”

Wentworth Institute of Technology’'s Department of Architecture offers the following National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited degree program as a one-, two-, or three-year sequence of study:

            1 Yr M.Arch (Wentworth B.S. Arch + 36 credits)

            2 Yr M.Arch (NAAB-accredited B.S. Arch + 72 credits)

            3 Yr M.Arch (non-professional degree + 108 credits)

            The next accreditation visit for all programs is spring 2018.

II.4.2 Access to NAAB Conditions and Procedures

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, click here to link to the 2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, the 2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, and the 2015 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation.

II.4.3 Access to Career Development Information

To develop an understanding of the larger context for architectural education and the career pathways available to graduates of accredited degree programs, please visit the links below. 

ACSA 
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a non-profit association of over 200 member schools in several categories. Full membership is granted to all accredited programs in the United States. The ACSA website provides information on ACSA member programs, architecture education, and the profession. 

AIA 
The American Institute of Architects is a professional organization for architects in the United States. Headquartered in Washington D.C., there are 260 chapters around the world. The AIA provides resources and advocacy to architects.

AIAS 
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to advancing leadership, design, and service among architecture students.

NAAB 
The National Architectural Accrediting Board accredits architecture programs in the US and abroad. The Board is composed of representatives from each of the major architectural associations: the ACSA, the AIA, the AIAS, and NCARB. There are also two non-architect members representing the general public.

NCARB 
The National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) administers the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly known as the Intern Development Program (IDP), and the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE). NCARB publishes pass rates for each section of the ARE by state and institution. 

Emerging Professional’s Companion 
The Emerging Professional’s Companion is a text, free to students, that is useful in understanding the transition from school to practice.

II.4.4 Public Access to APRs and VTRs

NAAB Annual Reports

NAAB responses to Annual Reports

2011 Wentworth Architecture Program Report (APR)
2014 Wentworth Interim Report
2012 NAAB Decision Letter
2012 NAAB Visiting Team Report (VTR) 

II.4.5 ARE Pass Rates

Click here to view the NCARB Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) Pass Rates by School.

II.4.6. Admissions and Advising

The program must publicly document all policies and procedures that govern how applicants to the accredited program are evaluated for admission. These procedures must include first-time, first-year students as well as transfers within and from outside the institution.

This documentation must include the following

  • Application forms and instructions 

  • Admissions requirements, admissions decisions procedures, including policies and processes for evaluation of transcripts and portfolios (where required), and decisions regarding remediation and advanced standing 

  • Forms and a description of the process for the evaluation of pre-professional degree content 

  • Requirements and forms for applying for financial aid and scholarships 

  • Student diversity initiatives 


II.4.7 Student Financial Information

The program must demonstrate that students have access to information and advice for making decisions regarding financial aid. 


The program must demonstrate that students have access to an initial estimate for all tuition, fees, books, general supplies, and specialized materials that may be required during the full course of study for completing the NAAB-accredited degree program.