Accreditations and Memberships

Institutional Accreditation

NewSchool of Architecture and Design is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, #100
Alameda, CA
94501, 510-748-9001.

NewSchool of Architecture and Design is also accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees.

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4241
Phone: 202-336-6780

Programmatic Accreditation

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 a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-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 consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

NewSchool of Architecture and Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
• B. Arch. (235 quarter undergraduate credits)
• M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 90 quarter graduate credits)
• M. Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 135 quarter credits)
• M. Arch. (license +pre-professional degree + 45 quarter credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2016.

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: 202-783-2007

State Authorization Statements

NSAD is licensed to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).

NewSchool of Architecture and Design is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes NewSchool of Architecture and Design to advertise and recruit for specific degree programs. The council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institutions or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contacted the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.


NSAD is:
• Recognized by the California Architects Board (CAB).
• Approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs to receive all types of aid for veterans and active service members alike, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.
• Approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Grant I-20 certificates for international students.
• Approved by the U.S. Department of Education and California Student Aid Commission to conduct a full financial aid program (USDOE, CSAC).
• An AIA Certified Continuing Education Provider.


NSAD, its faculty, and/or its staff hold membership in the following organizations:
• ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor Program
• Architectural Research Center Consortium (ARCC)
• Associated Schools of Construction
• Association of Building Science Educators (ABSE)
• Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
• American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)
• American Institute of Architects
• American Society of Professional Estimators
• Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 (C-3)
• Council for Higher Education Association (CHEA)
• Construction Managers Association of America
• Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
• East Village Association
• International Code Council
• International Fire Code Institute
• National Association of Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA)
• National Association of Architectural Libraries
• National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFA)
• National Trust for Historic Preservation
• San Diego Downtown Partnership
• San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
• San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF)
• San Diego Council of Design Professionals
• Society of American Military Engineers
• Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE)
• Society for Design Administration
• U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
• US Green Building Council, San Diego Chapter
• Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA)