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College of Architecture and Planning

The professional architecture program Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado Denver was formally granted an eight-year term of continuing accreditation effective January 1, 2015. 


The following statement from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the accrediting organization for all architecture programs in the United States, explains the accreditation requirements:

“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 University of Colorado Denver, College of Architecture & Planning, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • M Arch (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)
  • M Arch (non-pre-professional degree + 105 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2023

For more information about accreditation, go to:


In order to promote transparency in the process of accreditation in architecture education, the program is required to make the following documents available to the public:

All Annual Reports, including the narrative:
All NAAB responses to the Annual Report

The most recent Academic Program Report: 2015

The final edition of the most recent Visiting Team Report, including attachments and addenda:


Annually, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards publishes pass rates for each section of the Architect Registration Examination by institution. This information is considered to be useful to parents and prospective students as part of their planning for higher/post-secondary education. Therefore, programs are required to make this information available to current and prospective students and their parents either by publishing the annual results or by linking their website to the results. Visit the NCARB website for ARE pass rates for the University of Colorado Denver.

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