NAAB Statement on Accreditation:
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 8-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.
The University of Oklahoma, Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture, Division of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
- B. Arch. (150 credits for 4+ year degree)
- M. Arch. (60-96 credits depending on program, 168 credits for accelerated)
Next accreditation visit for all architecture programs: 2023
Career Development Information
The following will help develop an understanding of the larger context for architecture education and the career pathways available to graduates of accredited degree programs:
- NCARB Intern Development Program
- Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture (PDF)
- The Emerging Professional’s Companion Website
- The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
- The American Institute of Architecture
- The American Institute of Architecture Students
- The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
The following documents relate to the specific accreditation of the architecture degree programs at the University of Oklahoma:
- The final accreditation decision letter from NAAB (PDF)
- The most recent Architecture Program Report (PDF)
- The most recent Visiting Team Report (PDF)
Licensing Exam Pass Rates
The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) assesses a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities and is used by all U.S. registration boards and the Canadian provincial architectural associations as the examination for those seeking architectural licensing.