Program accreditation

The Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and Indiana University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

NAAB Architecture Accreditation

The following website defines the current conditions and procedures for NAAB accredited degree programs:

6.1 Statement on NAAB-Accredited Degrees
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 term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited 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 that 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.

Indiana University Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design was granted candidacy status for accreditation of the following NAAB-accredited degree program:

M. Arch. (preprofessional degree + 108 graduate credits)
Initial Candidacy granted: 2019
Next visit for initial accreditation: Fall 2023
Projected year of initial accreditation: 2023
Earliest graduation date to meet NCARB education requirement: 2021

6.2 Access to NAAB Conditions and Procedures
The program must make the following documents electronically available to all students, faculty, and the public:

The 2020 Conditions for Accreditation

The Conditions for Accreditation in effect at the time of the last visit

The 2020 Procedures for Accreditation

The Procedures for Accreditation in effect at the time of the last visit

6.4 Public Access to Accreditation Reports and Related Documents
To promote transparency in the process of accreditation in architecture education, the program must make the following documents available to all students, faculty, and the public, via the program’s website:

  1. All Interim Progress Reports and narratives of Program Annual Reports submitted since the last team visit – not applicable
  2. All NAAB responses to any Plan to Correct and any NAAB responses to the Program Annual Reports since the last team visit – not applicable
  3. Most Recent Decision Letter from NAAB: 2021 M.Arch Candidacy Granted Letter
  4. Most Recent Architecture Program Report (APR): 2021 M.Arch APR
  5. Most Recent Visiting Team Report: 2021 M.Arch VTR-IC
  6. The program’s optional response to the Visiting Team Report
  7. Plan to Correct (if applicable) - not applicable
  8. NCARB ARE pass rates - not yet applicable
  9. Statements and/or policies on learning and teaching culture
  10. Statements and/or policies on diversity, equity, and inclusion