Accreditation

Architecture Accreditation

In the United States, most 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 professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-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 require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. 

The City College of the City University of New York, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: 

B. Arch. (160 undergraduate credits) 

M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 108 credits) 

Next accreditation visit for all NAAB-accredited programs: 2025

Landscape Architecture Accreditation

The CLARB registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in Landscape Architecture. It recognizes two types of degrees: the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and the Master of Landscape Architecture First Professional Degree. 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.

The City College of New York’s Master of Landscape Architecture first professional degree program (MLA I) received a 6-year term of accreditation in 2015. The next accreditation visit for the program will be in 2021.

 

The City College of New York Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture also offers the following non-accredited degree programs:

  • M.U.P. Urban Design (32 credits)
  • M.S. in Arch. (48 credits)
  • MLA II (36 credits)
  • M.S. in Sustainability in the Urban Environment (30 credits)

The M.S., M.L.A. II, and M.U.P. have been registered by the New York State Education Department. They are also accredited, as are other graduate programs at The City College, by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.