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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture & Planning


College of Architecture and Planning


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 + 114 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2015”

For more information about accreditation, go to:

University of Colorado Denver

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