NAAB Accreditation

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a perquisite 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.

Jefferson [Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University] Architecture Program offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:


Bachelor of Architecture (165 total number of credits required)

Founded in 1991, the Architecture Program leads to a Bachelor of Architecture degree, has an enrollment of 312 students, and has been accredited by NAAB since 1997.

In August 2012, the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), following their April visit to campus, granted another six-year term of accreditation to our Architecture Program, effective January 1, 2012.  The Visiting Team Report commends the program on its academic situation that “creates an ideal milieu for a multidisciplinary education, the arts, and construction,” on its faculty, and on its mission of “preparing a well-rounded student, equipped to rise in the professional world.”

The next NAAB visit for the Bachelor of Architecture program will be in 2018.

Jefferson [Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University] Architecture Program also offers the following NAAB-candidacy degree program:


Master of Architecture (preprofessional degree + 49 minimum required credits; non-preprofessional degree + 100 required credits)

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program expects to achieve initial accreditation within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In August 2015, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) launched its Master of Architecture Program, which NAAB determined eligible for an Initial Candidacy Visit. This visit was conducted April, 2016 and in July 2016 NAAB granted the Master of Architecture Program Initial Candidacy status effective January 1, 2016.  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. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

Eligibility granted: July 2015

Initial Candidacy Decision granted: July 2016

The next NAAB visit for the Master of Architecture program will be in 2018.

Projected year of initial accreditation: 2018

Architecture Program Reports, Annual Reports, and Visiting Team Reports

Bachelor of Architecture Program

B.Arch. Program 2012 Letter of Accreditation

B.Arch. Program 2012 Architecture Program Report (APR)

B.Arch. Program 2012 Visiting Team Report (VTR)

B.Arch. Program 2014 Interim Progress Report

B.Arch. Annual Reports 2013-2016

Master of Architecture Program

M.Arch. Program Initial Candidacy Letter

M.Arch. Program 2016 Architecture Program Report-Initial Candidacy (APR-IC)

M.Arch. Program 2016 Visiting Team Report (VTR)

NAAB Conditions and Procedures

NAAB 2009 Conditions for Accreditation

NAAB 2014 Conditions for Accreditation

NAAB 2015 Procedures for Accreditation

Architect Registration Exam (ARE) Pass Rates and Professional Licensing

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Studio Culture

Our students and faculty collaborated to create a College of Architecture + the Built Environment studio culture document. It was re-evaluated by the CABE community during the 2016-17 academic year: C_ABE Studio Culture Document

Career Development Information

Jefferson's East Falls Campus Career Services Office provides students with access to career development and placement services for help in developing, evaluating, and implementing career, education, and employment plans. See:

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