NAAB Accreditation

Statement on NAAB-Accredited Degrees

The following statement is located and identified on the Sam Fox School website at

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Statement of Conditions of Accreditation:

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 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 pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Washington University in St. Louis, College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

- Master of Architecture 3 (non-professional degree plus 105 graduate credit hours)

- Master of Architecture 2 (preprofessional degree plus 60 credits required)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2026

NAAB Conditions and Procedures

Further information on NAAB conditions and procedures can be found by downloading the documents below.

2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation
NAAB Procedures for Accreditation: 2015 Edition

Career Development

To develop an understanding of the larger context for architecture education and the careers paths available to graduates of accredited degree programs, please refer to the sources listed below.

Sam Fox School: Career Services in Architecture
The Emerging Professional's Companion
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (
American Institute of Architects (
American Institute of Architecture Students (
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (

Public Access to APRs and VTRs

The documents listed below are available to the public in the library of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts:

Annual Statistical Report, 2017
Annual Statistical Report, 2016
Annual Statistical Report, 2015
Annual Statistical Report, 2014
Annual Statistical Report, 2013
Annual Statistical Report, 2012
Annual Statistical Report, 2011
Annual Statistical Report, 2010
Annual Statistical Report, 2009
Annual Statistical Report, 2008
NAAB Annual Report, 2014
The most recent decision letter from the NAAB
The most recent Architecture Program Report (APR)
The most recent Visiting Team Report (VTR)

ARE Pass Rates

Pass rates for graduates of the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis taking the Architectural Registration Exam can be found at the websites listed below.

ARE 5.0 Pass Rates
ARE 4.0 Pass Rates