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Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation

Wentworth Institute of Technology is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer-review process.  An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.  Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole.  As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered or the competence of individual graduates.  Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.  Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425 7785
E-Mail:  info@neche.org

Wentworth is also a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the Boston Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and the National Commission for Cooperative Education.

School of Management

Wentworth Institute of Technology has received specialized accreditation for its construction management programs through the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The primary goal of the ACCE is to promote and improve construction education in colleges and universities. By working together through the ACCE, representative of the total construction community, including construction educators and professional constructors, are able to establish and maintain standards and criteria for accreditation, provide guidance to those programs seeking to achieve accredited status, and carry out the accreditation process.

The ACCE accreditation serves the interests of students, the construction industry and owners, as well as users of constructed facilities and the public at large, by raising the professional caliber of constructors and thus the quality of the construction for which they assume responsibility. The ACCE accreditation assures students and prospective employers that the program has met stringent industry standards of content and quality and that program graduates have been provided a quality education enabling them to perform a broad range of professional responsibilities. Moreover, it assures the construction industry and students that the program performs periodic self-evaluations to keep current with emerging technologies and requirements of the construction industry while improving instructional techniques and access to construction industry contacts nationwide.

The Construction Management program at Wentworth received its latest BSCM accreditation in 2019. The program also received its accreditation for the MSCM program in 2015 which positions the MSCM program in the School of Management among very few other graduate programs nationwide. Both accreditations run for 6 years which is the longest duration for an accreditation period.

  • The Bachelor of Science degree program in Construction Management (BSCM) is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).
  • The Master of Science degree program in Construction Management (MSCM) is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).
  • Construction Management Accreditation Letter (BSCM)

 

The Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) program at Wentworth Institute of Technology is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

The goal of ACCE is to promote and improve construction education in colleges and universities. By working together through ACCE, people representative of the total construction community and the public at large, construction educators and constructors, establish and maintain standards and criteria for accreditation, provide guidance to those programs seeking to achieve accredited status, and carry out the accreditation process. For more information visit: ACCE

ACCE accreditation serves the interests of:

  • Students: by helping them identify institutions and programs that offer quality education in construction education.
  • The construction Industry: by enabling employers to identify persons who have the potential for making lasting contributions to the construction industry and their profession.
  • Owners / Users of Constructed Facilities and the Public at Large: by raising the professional caliber of constructors and thus the quality of the construction for which they assume responsibility.

The development of professional skills and knowledge is a central requirement of an ACCE accredited master’s degree program. ACCE requires that all graduates accredited master’s degree programs be able to demonstrate mastery of the following Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Create effective and professional written communications,
  2. Apply critical thinking,
  3. Apply problem solving techniques,
  4. Apply decision making techniques,
  5. Apply research methods,
  6. Apply advanced communication technology,
  7. Apply professional ethics,
  8. Apply advanced construction management practices,
  9. Understand risk management, and
  10. Understand the principles of leadership in business.

MSCM Program Mission
The Master of Science in Construction Management (MSCM) program at Wentworth Institute of Technology is a graduate program of study for construction professionals. The program is designed to educate students in foundational post graduate management principles combined with relevant construction education and experience in topics that are specific to preparing and advancing professional skills in administrative and executive leadership positions in design firms, construction companies and related disciplines. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available which allow for a variety of employment or educational opportunities including but not limited to working for general contractors, real-estate developers, sub-contractors, construction management and architectural/engineering firms, as well as advanced education and teaching options.

Wentworth MSCM Program Goals
To carry out the mission of the Master of Science in Construction Management program, the following program goals have been developed in order to prepare students academically for personal and professional success in the built environment. The attainment of goals is evaluated through the program’s outcome assessment program:

  • Present opportunities to develop metacognitive and life-long learning skills for students seeking increasingly complex management responsibilities, new leadership roles and overall career advancement
  • Expose students to subject matter and industry experts and the latest technological and managerial/leadership advancements and their effects on the Construction Industry.
  • Prepare and develop students from related disciplines to advance into the field of Construction Management.

Mapping of MSCM Program Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) to American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

The operation, academic integrity and improvement of the MSCM program is based on the relationship of MSCM Program Course Learning Outcomes to the American Council for Construction Educators (ACCE) Required Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). The following verbs used in definition of all Learning Outcomes are consistent with Bloom’s taxonomy when engaged for student assessment in the MSCM program:

  • Create: students produce new ideas/products that integrate the knowledge they have gained,
  • Apply: students put information learned into context, and
  • Understand: students demonstrate they understand content by explaining, summarizing, classifying, or translating the information.

All MSCM Course and Student Learning Outcomes relate to the ten (10) requirements set forth by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), as follows:

  1. Effective and professional oral and written communications - MSCM students produce (create) effective and professional communication in written and oral formats
  2. Critical thinking and creativity – MSCM students analyze and integrate (apply) information to conduct critical, reasoned arguments.
  3. Problem solving and decision making - MSCM students design, evaluate, and implement (apply) strategies using advanced construction management concepts and practices.
  4. Current issues in construction decision making - MSCM students demonstrate knowledge from industry experiences and keep up to date on developments, best practices, as well as tools and techniques in the field to deploy (apply) appropriate decisions related to encountered construction problems.
  5. Research methods - MSCM students recognize and conduct (apply) valid, data-supported, and appropriate research in construction management.
  6. Use of information and communication technology - MSCM students put into practice (apply) computer systems, productivity tools, software, and other information and communication technology.
  7. Professional ethics including application to situations and choices - MSCM students identify ethical dilemmas in construction and apply practical skills to ethical situations.
  8. Advanced construction management practices - MSCM students demonstrate and apply knowledge of contemporary construction industry methods and construction management principles and practices.
  9. Complex project decision making and associated risk management - MSCM students recognize, weigh, and analyze (understand) risks associated with complex construction projects.
  10. Principles of leadership in business and management - MSCM students understand and apply practical management decision-making tools and techniques and leadership best practices.

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School of Architecture and Design

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 an 8-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’s Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: a One- Year Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree + 36 graduate credits, for internal candidates); a Two-Year Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree from a NAAB accredited school + 70 graduate credits, for external candidates); and a Three-Year Master of Architecture (for candidates with an undergraduate degree in a field other than architecture, or an architecture degree from a school without a NAAB-accredited degree).

The Department currently holds a full 8-year term of accreditation (the maximum possible under the 2014 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.

  • Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2026

For more information on the accreditation of Wentworth's Architecture programs, please visit Wentworth's Architecture Accreditation page.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Interior Design (BINT) is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

For more information on the accreditation of Wentworth's Interior Design program, please visit Wentworth's Interior Design Accreditation page.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Industrial Design (BIND) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

School of Computing and Data Science

Programs in Computer Science and Computer Networking are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

For more information on the accreditation of individual degree programs, please visit Wentworth's ABET Accreditation page.

School of Engineering

Wentworth programs in Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Additionally, the Biological Engineering program is currently seeking accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

For more information on the accreditation of individual degree programs, please visit Wentworth's ABET Accreditation page.

You can also contact the Engineering Accreditation Commission, Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission, or the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET at:

415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-347-7700