National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Statement

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 admissions. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Miami University, Department of Architecture + Interior Design, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • Master of Architecture II (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits)
  • Master of Architecture III (non-pre-professional degree + 88 graduate credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2023

Career Development Resources

Interior Design

The interior design program leading to the BFA in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The BFA in Interior Design granted by Miami University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information visit CIDQ's webpage on NCIDQ Exam Eligibility Requirements.

Professional level programs accredited by the CIDA voluntarily place themselves before the scrutiny of the profession to ensure that students receive an education that will serve them not only during their time at school, but also prepare them for future professional growth. Students enrolled in an accredited interior design program can be confident that the program meets the quality standards recognized by the profession.

Miami University’s Interior Design Program has been accredited by CIDA from November 2002 to present.

Next accreditation visit for BFA: Spring 2023

Career Development Resources

2015 Program Analysis Report (PAR) and 2015 Visiting Team Report are available upon request in department office.