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Architecture

Undergraduate Degree


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 pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. The University of New Mexico offers pre-professional (undergraduate), professional (graduate), and non-professional (graduate) degrees. 

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAA) program has two concentrations:

Pre-Professional Architecture Concentration: this prepares students for a two-year professionally accredited Master of Architecture (MArch) degree. This is the concentration for those who know they want to become a licensed architect.

Pre-Professional Architecture Concentration Degree Curriculum 

Design Studies Concentration: this is a more flexible path, and allows students to select many of their courses starting in the third year.  It can help prepare graduates for a career or a graduate degree in a related discipline, such as digital media, fabrication, landscape architecture, interior design, real estate development, industrial design, animation, urban design, construction management, etc.

Design Studies Degree Curriculum 

For questions please contact Angela Pacheco, the Undergraduate Advisor, delong@unm.edu, phone:  505-277-4847.

Click here to download the official Degree Program brochure.