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 University of Colorado Denver offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
The Master of Architecture’s most recent NAAB visit was in 2015 and the program was granted a full eight-year accreditation.
The 2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation and the 2015 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation outline, respectively, the requirements that an accredited degree program must meet and procedures that they and the visiting teams must follow in order to demonstrate (a) the achievement of minimum standards and (b) a uniform accrediting process.
The Architecture Program Report (APR) serves both as a self-study for the program and as the principal source document for conducting the visit. In order to promote transparency in the accreditation process, the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture has made these documents available:
Annually, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards publishes pass rates for each section of the Architect Registration Examination by the institution. The University of Colorado Denver has made this information available by publishing the annual results: