The Master of Architecture program is intended for students wishing to become licensed architects and has full professional accreditation with the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

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.

Portland State University, School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

M.Arch [preprofessional degree + 74 graduate credits]
M.Arch [non-preprofessional degree + 134 graduate credits]

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2023

The latest Architecture Program Report (APR) and Visiting Team Report (VTR) are available for view in the School of Architecture Office, alongside copies of the latest NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, and Procedures for Accreditation

The latest decision letter from NAAB may be viewed here (PDF).

The NAAB Conditions for Accreditation including the Student Performance Criteria can also be found at NAAB. Specifically, you can find and download the 2009 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, as well as the 2011 NAAB Procedures for Accreditation, at the NAAB Documents page

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Career Development


Architecture Career Development Resources

Information on career development is available at the following web sites:

NCARB Certification Guidelines (supersedes the NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects)

Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture, published by AIAS

The Emerging Professional's Companion 


American Institute of Architects

American Institute of Architecture Students

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

NCARB Intern Development Program

The three major steps in being licensed as an architect are successful completion of a first professional accredited degree program (M.Arch at PSU), the NCARB Intern Development Program (IDP) and the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). The School of Architecture at Portland State University strives to assist our students in obtaining IDP hours during their academic program. The School is committed to getting our students' IDP records started with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and has created an endowment that pays the initial $100 for the Intern Application Fee.  Applications to this fund occur twice a year, once in October and again in April.

Questions about this fund or application can be sent to the School's IDP Coordinator Barbara Sestak ( View information about the IDP program.

For information on how to get started with your Intern Development Program requirements and begin earning IDP credits even before graduation, please contact Barbara Sestak, IDP Coordinator for the School of Architecture, at

Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL)

Portland State University School of Architecture has been accepted to participate in the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL). This initiative provides students the opportunity to complete requirements for licensure while earning their degree. Spearheaded by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the initiative enables accredited programs to incorporate professional experience and examination into curricula. To learn more about IPAL visit

Architect Registration Examination 

View the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) pass rates of our Master of Architecture graduates.