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 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.

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAA) program has three 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 

Landscape Architecture Concentration: similar to the Design Studies concentration, this concentration allows students to participate in courses within our Master of Landscape Architecture degree, preparing them for advanced standing in a professionally accredited Master of Landscape Architecture degree, at UNM or elsewhere.
BAA Landscape Architecture Degree Curriculum



Angela Pacheco, Senior Undergraduate Advisor