The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) states that:

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.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation.

The University of Maine at Augusta, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Architecture was granted candidacy for the following professional degree program in architecture:

Bachelor of Architecture (150 Undergraduate Credits): 2013

Next visit for Initial Accreditation: fall 2018
Projected year of initial accreditation: 2018

Accreditation Reports and Responses

2015 Letter of Continuation of Candidacy
2015 Continuation of Candidacy Visiting Team Report
2015 UMA Architecture Continuation of Candidacy Report

2013 Letter of Initial Candidacy
2013 Initial Candidacy Visiting Team Report
2013 UMA Architecture Initial Candidacy Report

2016 Architecture Report Submission
2015 Architecture Report Submission

2014 Architecture Report Submission
2013 Architecture Report Submission

National Architectural Accrediting Board Documents:

2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation (
2015 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation (

Career Development Information:
The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects (
Toward and Evolution of Studio Culture (
The Emerging Professional’s Companion (
Architect Registration Examination (ARC) pass rates (