Accredited and Non-Accredited Degree Programs

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the only accrediting body for professional architectural degree programs in the United States. NAAB accredits the professional degree programs within the schools, not the schools themselves.

Many architectural schools offer both NAAB-accredited and non-accredited degree programs. A degree from a NAAB-accredited program provides a candidate immediate eligibility for the ARE. Additionally, such a degree will facilitate future reciprocal licensure, if desired, with another state and/or NCARB certification. Visit the NAAB website for a list of the most current accredited degree programs.

Architectural degrees from programs accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) are considered equivalent to NAAB-accredited degrees and granted five years of credit.


The examination aspect of licensure is satisfied by successfully completing both the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and the California Supplemental Examination (CSE). Detailed information is available about each examination in their respective section of this website.