Quick Facts

Our mission

The School of Architecture provides deep immersion in the discipline of architecture, intensified by the broader Carnegie Mellon culture of interdisciplinary innovation and creative inquiry.

We define the discipline of architecture as the integrated pursuit of design creativity, historical perspective, social responsibility, technical expertise, and global environmental leadership. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs prepare students to be excellent, discipline-defining design thinkers in diverse global contexts. 

This world-class architecture education is enhanced by our position within one of the world’s leading research and entrepreneurship institutions, and by the fundamental premise that architectural excellence demands both rigorous training in fundamentals and the development of unique specializations. Students may extend their core knowledge either through concentration in architecture subdisciplines like sustainable design or computational design, or through interdisciplinary interaction with CMU’s other renowned programs—whether the sciences, the humanities, business, or robotics. Though every School of Architecture student graduates with intensive architecture knowledge, no two graduates leave with the same education. 

In the twenty-first century, few architecture problems are straightforward. SoA graduates excel in the roles architects have performed for centuries—and in new roles catalyzed by the depth and breadth of their education—to create and execute innovative solutions to a wide range of emerging global challenges.

NAAB Accreditation

Statement and documentation

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.

Current NAAB Conditions & Procedures

The Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture offers a NAAB-accredited Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree program. Next NAAB accreditation: 2026.

NAAB Architecture Program Report (APR) (2018)

NAAB Visiting Team Report (VTR) (2018)

The Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture offers a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree program that was granted initial candidacy in 2018. Next visit for either initial accreditation or continuation of candidacy is 2020.

NAAB Architecture Program Report (APR) (2018)

NAAB Visiting Team Report (VTR) (2018)

ARE pass rates are available at the website of the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB). To view the most recent CMU SoA ARE pass rates, visit the ARE 5.0 Pass Rates by School section of the NCARB website. From the drop-down menu under state select "Pennsylvania" and under university name select "Carnegie Mellon University.”

CMU SoA career development information available here.

School of Architecture Policies

Policy on Diversity & Inclusion

The School of Architecture embraces Carnegie Mellon University’s policies on diversity and inclusion. More information can be found on the Diversity & Inclusion page on the CMU website.

Statement of Assurance

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.

Inquiries concerning the application of and compliance with this statement should be directed to the university ombudsman, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-1018.

The Carnegie Mellon University Statement of Assurance is available on the CMU website. 

Additional University Policies

More information available on the University Policies page on the CMU website.