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Architecture Accreditation

The Department currently holds a full 8-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). 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.

Statement on NAAB-Accredited Degrees

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 (Preprofessional Degree + 72 credits)
  • 3 Yr M.Arch (non-professional degree + 108 credits)
  • The next accreditation visit for all programs is spring 2026.

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:

2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
2015 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation

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. Also, visit the Study Architecture website.

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.

Careers + Co-ops

Public Access to APRs and VTRs

NAAB Annual Reports

2012 NAAB Decision Letter

2011 Architecture Program Report

2012 NAAB Visiting Team Report

ARE Pass Rates

View the NCARB Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) Pass Rates by School:

Admissions and Advising

Student Financial Information