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SCI-Arc Learning Objectives
NAAB Specific Educational Goals (Student Performance Criteria)
The professional degrees awarded by SCI-Arc—the B.Arch degree and M.Arch degree offered through the M.Arch1 and M.Arch2 programs—are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

NAAB Accreditation
The 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.

Master's degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

In addition to the previous text, all programs that have been granted candidacy status must include the following in its entirety:

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 6 years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented.

The NAAB conditions and procedures for accreditation, including the student performance criteria, are detailed in the reports below:

NAAB Conditions for Accreditation (2009)

NAAB Procedures for Accreditation (2011)

For SCI-Arc's most recent Architect Registration Examination (ARE) Pass Rates click HERE.

The following items are made available to the public and located in the Kappe Library at SCI-Arc:

  • Annual reports
  • Final Decision Letters from NAAB
  • Arichtecture Program Report (APR)
  • Visiting Team Report (VTR)

WASC Accreditation

SCI-Arc is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001,

SCI-Arc's next accreditation review cycle for WASC is scheduled to begin during the 2014/2015 Academic Year.

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