Section II.4.2. Access to NAAB Conditions and Procedures (September 7, 2012 Architecture Program Report-APR)
Ball State's Department of Architecture is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Learn more about the current NAAB Conditions and Procedures for Accreditation

Section II.4.1 Statement on NAAB-Accredited Degrees
In the United States, most state 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 U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted either an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of 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 preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. 

Ball State University, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • M.Arch (pre-professional degree + 57 graduate credits)
  • M.Arch (non-pre-professional i.e. any undergraduate degree + 99 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2021

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program experts 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.

Ball State University, Department of Architecture's Bachelor of Architecture program, has been determined by the NAAB Board of Directors to be eligible for initial candidacy for the following degree program:

  • B.Arch: (154 undergraduate credits)
  • Initial application for eligibility for candidacy: 2017
  • Visit for initial candidacy: Fall 2018
  • Projected year for initial accreditation visit: Fall 2020 for initial B.Arch class of 2020

Section II.4.4. Public Access to Architecture Program Reports (APRs) and Visiting Team Reports (VTRs) 
(2014 NAAB Conditions for Accreditation)

To promote transparency in the process of accreditation in architecture education, the program is required to make the following documents electronically available to the public:

  • All Interim Progress Reports (and Annual Reports [narrative only] submitted 2009–2012)
  • All NAAB responses to Interim Progress Reports (and NAAB Responses to Annual Reports [narrative] submitted 2009–2012)
  • The most recent decision letter from the NAAB
  • The most recent APR
  • The final edition of the most recent Visiting Team Report, including attachments and addenda

Annual Narrative Reports:

Interim Progress Reports (IPR):

All NAAB responses to the annual reports:

Most Recent Decision Letter from NAAB:

Most Recent Architecture Program Report (APR):

Most Recent Visiting Team Report (Final Edition, including Attachments and Addenda)

Section II.4.5. ARE Pass Rates (September 7, 2012 APR)
Architect Registration Examination (ARE) Pass Rates

As developed by NCARB, the ARE assesses a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. It has been adopted for use by all U.S. registration boards and the Canadian provincial architectural associations as the registration examination for all candidates seeking architectural licensing. View the ARE Pass Rates by school.

Section Il.1.2. Learning Culture and Social Equity (September 7, 2012 APR)
Studio Culture

Within the Department of Architecture at the R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University lies the Studio Culture Policy, which establishes guidance for a positive and respectful learning environment in which the students, faculty, staff and administration within the Department are able to reach their full academic potential. The Department of Architecture fully understands that fostering a community of academic scholars is of the utmost importance. The goal for the learning environment of the Department is a highly collaborative one; emphasizing the need for group and individual growth within each scholar of the Department. This Policy outlines the criteria in order for this environment to take place within the college’s Department of Architecture. View the complete Studio Culture Philosophy.