The School of Architecture, a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, offers professional degree programs at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. Preparation for the profession of architecture requires both formal education and practical experience followed by a professional examination and registration.
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecure and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accredidation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.
Master’s degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which when earned sequentially, compromise an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.