National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc. 


August 1, 2014


Dr. Waded Cruzado


Office of the President

Montana State University 

211 Montana Hall 

POB 172420

Bozeman, MT 59717-2420


Dear President Cruzado: 

At the July 2014 meeting of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the directors reviewed the Visiting Team Report (VTR) for the Montana State School of Architecture. 

As a result, the professional architecture program Master of Architecture was formally granted an eight-year term of accreditation. 

This new, maximum term of accreditation was approved by the NAAB in March 2013 and put into effect for all decisions made after July 1, 2013. 

The accreditation term is effective January 1, 2014. The program is scheduled for its next accreditation visit in 2022. 

Continuing accreditation is subject to two reporting requirements. 

First, all programs must submit an Annual Statistical Report (see Section 10 of the NAAB Procedures for Accreditation, 2012 Edition, Amended). This report captures statistical information on the institution and the program. 

Second, any program that receives an eight-year term of accreditation is required to submit an Interim Progress Report two years after a visit and again five years after the visit. This requirement is described in Section 11 of the 2012 NAAB Procedures. The next statistical report is due November 20, 2014; the first interim progress report is due November 2016. 

Finally, under the terms of the 2012 Procedures for Accreditation, programs are required to make the Architecture Program Report, the VTR, and related documents available to the public. Please see Section 3, Paragraph 8 (page 22), for additional information. 

The visiting team has asked me to express its appreciation for your gracious hospitality. 


Very truly yours, 

Shannon B. Kraus, FAIA, NCARB, MBA, FACHA



cc: Steve Juroszek, AIA, Interim Director and Michael J. Buono, AIA, LEED AP, Visiting Team Chair


2014 NAAB Decision Letter. Text of full letter is available above.