Is RISD's Architecture Department accredited?
Yes, by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). 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 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
All accredited schools of architecture in the US (and Canada) offer degrees that are compatible with professional licensing requirements. This is as true of a university-based program as it is of an arts-based program like RISD's. In other words, the MArch degree carries the same value and licensing opportunities whether you attend RISD or one of the more traditional university-based schools of architecture.
Master’s degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.