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CBU’s Architecture major creates a rich academic environment marked by the confluence of advanced practice, contemporary theory and social engagement. Our primary goal is to help students develop the capacity and judgment necessary to understand the built environment and generate architecture as a critical response, so that each student can engage both the discipline of architecture and the multiple discourses—artistic, technological, social, political, environmental, economic, spiritual—necessary to be a successful practitioner and a conscientious citizen with a biblical worldview. Through our teaching and public programming, we will help students gain a deep knowledge of architecture’s techniques, traditions, methods of inquiry and modes of production, so that they emerge with the intellectual breadth and acuity to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world that demands agility and innovation.


The mission of CBU Architecture is to develop architects who demonstrate professional excellence and personal integrity, are servant leaders in their communities and who live biblically-based, missional lives within the profession.


Accreditation Information

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.

The NAAB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within 6 years of achieving candidacy, if its plan is properly implemented. In order to meet the education requirement set forth by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for an NCARB Certificate must hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the NAAB; the degree must have been awarded not more than two years prior to initial accreditation. However, meeting the education requirement for the NCARB Certificate may not be equivalent to meeting the education requirement for registration in a specific jurisdiction. Please contact NCARB for more information.

California Baptist University, Architecture Program was granted candidacy for the following professional degree program in architecture:

M.Arch. (168 credits minimum) – 2013.

The Architecture Program of California Baptist University was granted candidacy status for the following professional degree program in architecture: M.Arch in 2014. The projected year of initial accreditation is 2018.  CBU Architecture’s next visit for continuation of candidacy is scheduled for Spring 2016.

The latest Architecture Program Report (APR) and Visiting Team Report (VTR) are available for view in the CAVAD Office, alongside copies of the latest NAAB Conditions for Accreditation, and Procedures for Accreditation.

NAAB Candidacy Letter


2013 Annual Report

2012 (Amended) NAAB Procedures for Accreditation

2009 Conditions for Accreditation

For more information about accreditation click here.


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