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Architecture Program Accreditation

NAAB Statements

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, three-year, or two-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 require a preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:
B.Arch. (162 undergraduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for B.Arch. program: 2022

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 (NCARB), 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 Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architecture, was granted candidacy status for the following professional degree program in architecture:
M. Arch. (preprofessional degree + 97 graduate credits) 
Initial candidacy granted: 2013 
Initial accreditation: 2016
Next accreditation visit for M.Arch. program: 2019

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Department of Architecture
121 Stuckeman Family Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814.865.9535
Fax: 814.863.8137
Program Assistant: Jennifer Howard

Architectural Experience Program AXP

The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) is a profession-wide program that guides the training and development of intern architects. Every intern architect must complete 3,740 hours in a specified range of professional activities in addition to passing the Architectural Registration Examination prior to becoming an architect.

Completion of the AXP typically takes three to five years. Students can establish an AXP file with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). All students can start earning credit upon enrollment in an accredited professional degree architectural program. In some cases, students establishing eligibility with the NCARB may be able to earn AXP credit prior to enrollment in a professional degree program. So get started as soon as you can!

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
Follow the links below to get an overview of the NCARB AXP program and process, including establishing your Record File and get started with AXP: