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In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure.

Taubman College’s graduate professional degree in architecture is a studio-intensive degree that takes a critical view of design, theory, and production. Professional coursework and electives in topical areas supplement the design education model. The combination of professional coursework and coursework in representation, fabrication, history, and theory prepares students to engage in a research-based thesis design project as their final studio. The program offers a wide array of electives in history/theory, criticism, structures, environmental and construction technology, urbanism, sustainable design, computation, and digital fabrication. It is enhanced by its context, which includes urban planners, urban designers, doctoral students, and post-professional students concentrating in conservation, material systems, design and health, and digital technology. The college recognizes the value of the perspective gained from university-wide and discipline-wide collaborations and encourages students to utilize the resources available at a premier research institution. Students who earned an undergraduate degree in architecture complete their M.Arch Degree in two years. Students who hold an undergraduate degree in another discipline should expect to follow the 3-year Master of Architecture course of study. The M.Arch. degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

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.

University of Michigan - Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

M. Arch. (preprofessional degree + 60 graduate credits)

M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 105 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2025

The following website defines the current conditions and procedures for NAAB-accredited degree programs: http://www.naab.org/accreditation/program-resources/current-conditions-and-procedures/

NAAB 2017 Visiting Team Report (PDF)
Term of Accreditation (PDF)

NAAB Responses
Architecture Program Report 2016 (PDF)

Taubman College ARE Pass Rates - 2015

School Programming, Planning and Practice Site Planning & Design Building Design and Construction Systems Schematic Design Structural Systems Building Systems Construction Documents and Services
  # Pass Rate # Pass Rate # Pass Rate # Pass Rate # Pass Rate # Pass Rate # Pass Rate
University of Michigan 106 68.87 101 65.35 106 66.98 85 77.65 71 73.24 68 80.88 125 66.40

Find more information on NCARB ARE Pass Rates on their website here.


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