Our programs are fully accredited by the following organizations:
- The interior architecture program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. (CIDA). 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 Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture granted by University of Tennessee, Knoxville meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements. Additionally, the School of Interior Architecture is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) for its Bachelor of Science-4 years: Interior Architecture (Design).
- The degrees in our Landscape Architecture school are accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB).
- The programs housed in the School of Architecture are fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
- The School of Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) for its program leading to Bachelor of Fine Arts-4 years: Graphic Design.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
In 2018, the School of Interior Architecture earned a six-year accreditation from CIDA. Reaccreditation is scheduled for spring 2024. Additionally, the school earned a nine-year accreditation from NASAD. Reaccreditation is scheduled for fall 2021.
Reaccreditation through NASAD for the School of Design is scheduled for fall 2021.
In 2018, the School of Landscape Architecture earned a six-year accreditation from LAAB. Reaccreditation is scheduled for spring 2024.
In 2014, the School of Architecture earned eight-year accreditations for both the undergraduate and graduate programs from NAAB. Reaccreditation is scheduled for fall 2022.
The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
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 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
- B.Arch. (163 semester undergraduate credit hours)
- M.Arch. 3G (undergraduate degree + 102 graduate semester credit hours)
- M.Arch. 2G (undergraduate degree in architecture from a NAAB-accredited school of architecture + 60 graduate semester credit hours)
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2022
Access to NAAB Conditions and Procedures
In order to assist students, parents and others as they seek to develop an understanding of the body of knowledge and skills that constitute a professional education in architecture, the following documents have been made available to the public:
- Conditions for Accreditation, 2020 Edition
- Conditions for Accreditation in effect at the time of the last visit: 2009 Conditions for Accreditation
- Procedures for Accreditation, 2020 Edition
- Procedures for Accreditation in effect at the time of the last visit: 2012 Procedures for Accreditation
Access to Career Development Information
To develop an understanding of the body of knowledge and skills that constitute a professional education in architecture, the following organizations and documents are shared to provide insights:
- The Emerging Professional’s Companion, published by AIA and NCARB
- AIAS 2020 Learning and Teaching Culture Policy Project
Public Access to Accreditation Reports and Related Documents
In order to promote transparency in the process of accreditation in architecture education, the following documents are available for public review:
All Interim Progress Reports and Narratives of Program Annual Reports Submitted Since the Last Team Visit
- UTK Interim Progress Report for 2016
- UTK Interim Progress Report for 2019
- UTK Annual Statistical Report for 2014
- UTK Annual Statistical Report for 2015
- UTK Annual Statistical Report for 2016
- UTK Annual Statistical Report for 2017
- UTK Annual Statistical Report for 2018
- UTK Annual Statistical Report for 2020
- UTK Annual Statistical Report for 2021
All NAAB Responses to Any Plan to Correct and Any NAAB Responses to the Program Annual Reports Since the Last Team Visit
The Most Recent Decision Letter from the NAAB
The Architecture Program Report Submitted for the Last Visit
The Final Edition of the Most Recent Visiting Team Report, Including Attachments and Addenda
The Program’s Optional Response to the Visiting Team Report
- Not applicable
Plan to Correct (if applicable)
- Not applicable
NCARB ARE Pass Rates
Annually, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards publishes pass rates for each section of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) by institution. This information is considered to be useful to parents and prospective students as part of their planning for higher or post-secondary education. The most current information about graduates of programs from the School of Architecture have been made available here:
Statements and/or Policies on Learning and Teaching Culture
Statements and/or Policies on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- UTK CoAD Diversity and Inclusion Information
- UTK CoAD Annual Diveristy Action Priorities 2022
- UTK Division of Diversity and Engagement
Admissions and Advising
- Undergraduate Architecture Admissions
- UTK Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2022-23, CoAD B.Arch Admissions
- UTK Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2022-23, CoAD B.Arch Advising
- Master of Architecture Admissions
- UTK Graduate Academic Catalog, 2021-22, CoAD M.Arch Admissions
Student Financial Information
Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) Public Information Policy
LAAB accredited programs are required to provide reliable information to the public. Programs must report on accreditation status and its performance. This information is to help potential students make informed application decisions. Information shall appear in easily accessible locations on program websites. To review this information click on the following link: UTK PUBLIC INFO POLICY SHEET.
Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
As a requirement of the SACSCOC accreditation, please view our Graduate Handbook here.