Accreditations and Memberships

Institutional Accreditation

NewSchool of Architecture and Design is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

WASC Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, #100
Alameda, CA, 94501

Team Report, Special Visit for Initial Accreditation, February 2014

Commission Action Letter, Special Visit for Initial Accreditation, February 2014

Programmatic Accreditation

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 preprofessional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

NewSchool of Architecture and Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • B. Arch. (225 undergraduate credits)
  • M. Arch. (preprofessional degree + 90 graduate credits)
  • M. Arch. (non-preprofessional degree + 150 credits)

Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2024

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State Authorization

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

BPPE Program Reports

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.


NewSchool is:

  • 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.


NewSchool, 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)