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.
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 RISD Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
- MArch (non-pre-professional degree + 111 credits)
- BArch (156 Credits)
Next accreditation visit for both programs: 2014
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RISD Department of Architecture Accreditation Process Documents are available to the public upon request from the Architecture Department Office, Bayard Ewing Building (BEB) 231 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903