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Southern Illinois University



College of Applied Sciences and Arts


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)

Visit the NAAB to read our current accreditation report.  A PDF of the current SIUC VTR [Final draft] NAAB (Visting Team Report) is also available. 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: