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 preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, College of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-Accredited degree programs:
- Bachelor of Architecture (225 undergraduate quarter credits)
- Master of Architecture (non-pre-professional degree + 152 quarter credits)
The Bachelor and Master of Architecture programs underwent a full accreditation visit in winter quarter 2014. After careful review of both programs the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture were formally granted 8-year terms of accreditation. The programs are scheduled for their next accreditation visit in 2022.