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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 preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. 

The Department of Architecture at South Dakota State University offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs: 


M. Arch. (preprofessional degree +  48 graduate credits) 

M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 97 credits) 

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2019 


To promote transparency in the process of accreditation in architecture education, the program has made the following documents electronically available to the public:

Current NAAB Conditions:


Conditions of Accreditation in effect at the time of the last visit in 2014


Current NAAB Procedures:


Interim Progress Reports::

Because DoArch is recently accredited, no Interim Progress Reports have been submitted.  


Recent Decision Letter from NAAB:



Current DoArch SPC Matrix:


Current DoArch Architecture Program Report:



Current NAAB Visiting Team Report: