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 Doctorate 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 preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architecture, offers the following two NAAB-accredited degree programs:
B.Arch. (162 undergraduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for B.Arch. program: 2022
M.Arch. (preprofessional degree + 97 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit for M.Arch. program: 2027