An overview of our curriculum
Statement of Accreditation from NAAB
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 accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with the established educational standards.
The next accreditation visit will be in 2018.
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.
Andrews University, School of Architecture & Interior Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs.
- M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 30 graduate credits)
- M. Arch. (non-professional degree + 102 credits)
(The National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc., 2009 Conditions for Accreditation)
PROFESSIONAL DEGREE TRACK
BSA, Bachelor of Science in Architecture
M.Arch, Professional Master of Architecture Degree 5-1/2 Year Track
The professional degree program consists of a pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and then a Master of Architecture degree.
See BSA Below
When earned sequentially, the degree track results in an accredited professional education.
The Master of Architecture 3 1/2 year degree track is an accredited professional degree that is designed for students who have previously earned an undergraduate degree in an unrelated area of study.
Please contact the School of Architecture directly for more information regarding this program.
NON-PROFESSIONAL DEGREE TRACK
BSA, Bachelor of Science in Architecture
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture is a non-professional degree. This degree is a prerequisite for the professional 5-1/2 year Master of Architecture degree. Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Architecture after completing program year four.
Students who receive this degree may seek advanced degrees or employment in the construction industry, the arts, business, or other fields.
BSAS, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies
The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies is a non-professional degree. Students who elect for the Bachelor of Science degree do not proceed into the professional degree track. In this program, Architectural Studies is declared as a major and upon successful completion, receives an undergraduate degree.
Students taking the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in architectural studies may seek advanced degrees or employment in the construction industry, the arts, business, or other fields.
The interior design program is a four-year plus one summer course of study and results in the Bachelor of Interior Design. This degree qualifies students to participate in the Interior Design Experience Program (IDEP) which is required in order to be eligible to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification examination (www.ncidq.org).
BSCM, Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
PLEASE BE ADVISED: The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program (BSCM) is a new program. The program will not be available unless a critical mass of students enter the program in fall, 2014. Please contact the School of Architecture, Art & Design at 269-471-6003 with
The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program (BSCM) is a new program. The program will not be available unless a critical mass of students (minimum of 8) enter the program in Fall, 2013. Please contact the School of Architecture, Art & Design at 269-471-6003 with questions.
The construction management program is four years plus two summers in duration. This program also requires 600 hours of construction work experience (see curriculum details). According to standards set by the Construction Management Certification Institute (CMCI), an independent administrative body of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA); a four-year degree in Construction Management plus 48 months of CM experience within 5 classifications of 30 possible experience areas meet eligibility requirements to apply to sit for the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) certification examination (cmaanet.org).
The following is information regarding the requirements for application to the School of Architecture.
Acceptance to Andrews University does not mean acceptance into the School of Architecture or the professional degree program. Students must meet the minimum GPA requirements to proceed from Pre-Arch Year One to Pre-Arch Year Two. Upon the completion of the pre-architecture years in the School of Architecture students must apply for acceptance into the professional program. Application packets specifying standards for acceptance are available from the school office. Upon acceptance to the Professional Program, a student should complete Professional Year One & Two and would graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture (a non-professional degree). A student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to continue into Professional Year Three. Upon completion of Professional Year Three a student will receive the Master of Architecture degree (M.Arch).
Instructions and Deadlines
The Andrews University undergraduate application is considered under a rolling admissions policy. If applying for advanced standing (third or fourth year), School applications are due either February 25, for early notification, or May 25.
Instructions for the Andrews University undergraduate application are available in the application packet that will be sent to you. Please read it carefully and send it to the provided address.
If applicable, instructions for the application for the professional degree track are listed below. Please submit the School of Architecture application materials to:
The School of Architecture & Interior Design
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0450
Undergraduate First Professional Degree Track ApplicationA non-refundable application fee of $45 (U.S.)A letter of intent--The letter should explain why you have chosen architecture as your major and why you have chosen to pursue your professional degree at Andrews University. It should also indicate what you will contribute to the School in regards to its mission and values.Portfolio of work--See application packet for details regarding size and contentThree recommendation forms--From three non-relative individuals. Two of the three should be from academic sources.
Transfer applicants who have had no previous course work in architectural design must complete the foundation (or "pre-architecture") years and then make formal application to the professional program.
Transfer students from another architecture program may apply for advanced standing (third or fourth year) in the professional program. The School of Architecture does not accept applications to the fifth year of study. Students desiring to apply for advanced standing should make formal application to the professional program.
Tentative placement into the design sequence is made after the Admissions committee has evaluated the student's submission. After one semester, the student is given final placement in the design sequence and, on the basis of transfer-course evaluations, receives credit for previous academic work toward the Andrews University degree.
Transfer Summer Studio
Prior to application, student must have a transcript analysis done by the School of Architecture to determine if the summer studio is best for their situation. Application to the Summer Studio is made by filling out an Andrews University undergraduate application. Students applying to this program, in addition to applying to Andrews University, must also contact the School of Architecture directly to confirm their reservation for the class. The deadline for reserving seats is April 15.
A U.S. $300.00 non-refundable deposit is necessary to facilitate this process. The deposit will be applied to the summer tuition. Payment should be made out to Andrews University, The School of Architecture, Art & Design.