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Architecture Accreditation

In 2018, Wentworth’s Master of Architecture program was granted an eight-year term of accreditation (the maximum possible under the 2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation) from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). 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 School of Architecture and Design offers the following National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited degree program as a one-, two-, or three-year course of study:

  • 1-year M.Arch program (Wentworth BS in Architecture + 34 credits)
  • 2-year M.Arch program (Pre-professional BA or BS in Architecture + 70 credits)
  • 3-year M.Arch program (Bachelor’s degree in discipline other than Architecture + 106 credits)

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: 

2020 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation:

2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation:

2020 NAAB Procedures 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.  


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.


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. 


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


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. 


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. 

Public Access to APRs and VTRs 

NAAB Annual Reports 

2018  NAAB Decision Letter 

2017 Architecture Program Report 

2018 NAAB Visiting Team Report 

ARE Pass Rates 

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

Admissions and Advising 

Student Financial Information