Statement on NAAB-Accredited Degrees
“In the United States, most 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.”
“The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program expects to achieve initial accreditation within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement, set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation.
However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.”
The Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), School of Architecture was granted candidacy status for the following professional degree program in architecture:
Bachelor of Architecture (210 undergraduate credits)
Year candidacy awarded: 2020
Next visit: Continuation of Candidacy, 2022
Projected year to achieve initial accreditation: 2025
In August 2018, the UPC decided to start the process to achieve the Bachelor of Architecture program accreditation with the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of the United States.
On January 15, 2019, the NAAB accepted the Bachelor of Architecture program as eligible for the initial application. Below is the timeline for the NAAB accreditation process: