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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 U.S. 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.

Clemson University, College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • M.Arch. I first-professional degree, 90 credit hours (for candidates without an undergraduate preparatory degree in architecture and without a strong portfolio of 6 to 8 semesters of design studio work)
  • M.Arch II second-professional degree, 60 credit hours (for candidates with preprofessional degrees in Architecture, or its equivalent, and a portfolio of 6 to 8 semesters of strong design work)
  • M.Arch I first-professsional degree, 91 credit hours, Architecture + Health Concentration (for candidates without an undergraduate preparatory degree in architecture and without a strong portfolio of 6 to 8 semesters of design studio work)
  • M. Arch II second-professional degree, 61 credit hours, Architecture + Health Concentration (for candidates with pre-professional degrees in Architecture, or its equivalent, and a portfolio of 6 to 8 semesters of strong design work.

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2025

NAAB Conditions and Procedures

Career Development Information

Clemson School of Architecture Accreditation Reports and Documents

ARE Pass Rates

"As developed by NCARB, the ARE assesses a candidate's knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.  It has been adopted for use by all U.S. registration boards and the Canadian provincial architectural associations as the registration examination for all candidates seeking architectural licensing.

NCARB tracks the pass rates for the ARE in two ways - one by division and the other by NAAB-accredited schools of architecture."