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A photo of Belmont University President, Dr. Bob Fisher, announcing Belmont's new Bachelor of Architecture program at a press conference.


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, eight-year with conditions, or two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial 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 NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates a program expects to achieve initial accreditation within six years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented.

In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

Belmont University is currently seeking candidacy status for the following professional degree program in architecture:

  • B. Arch. (155 undergraduate credits)
  • Year Candidacy Awarded: TBD
  • Next Visit: Eligibility Visit (March 16-17, 2020)
  • Projected Year to Achieve Initial Accreditation: 2025
  • Earliest Graduation Date projected to meet NCARB education requirement: 2025

Belmont’s B.Arch. will abide by the following documents (available in early 2020):

Ready to learn more about applying to Belmont’s architecture program? Follow the links below for more information on admissions policies, tuition, financial aid and more.

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Fall 2019 Admitted Freshman Profile
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