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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 pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program(s):

  • Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree in architecture + 42 credits required)
  • Master of Architecture (CIDA-accredited degree in interior design + 63 credits required)
  • Master of Architecture (non-pre-professional degree + 109 credits required)

View our most recent Program Report and the 2013 NAAB Visiting Team Report. The National Architectural Accrediting Board publishes two documents related to accreditation. You may view the PDF of each document here:

View SIU's annual reports submitted to the NAAB:

Students interested in a career in architecture may wish to visit each of these sites to learn more:

The SIU School of Architecture's next accreditation visit will be in 2021.