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Posted by  SouthCarolinaArch on February 04, 2004 at 06:49:28:

In Reply to:  Re: Confused on College Programs posted by Jen on January 29, 2004 at 08:31:46:

A BArch is considered the first "professional degree" in the practice of architecture. What is means by first is that it requires the least amount of time (5 years) it will take to get a degree that allows you to take the ARE (Architectural Registration Exam). There are also requirements for work experience. A BArch is recognized by all states as a professional degree. Some schools offer Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees in Architecture or something related to architecture. With this 4 year degree you will not be allowed to take the ARE. You would be required to take a 2 year masters program to obtain a professional degree and qualify to take the ARE. Even though this route requires 6 years you actually will take less architectural courses. Don't take my word for it, go to a few university’s web sites and look at there program requirements and count up the architectural course hours. I don't know if any 1 year masters programs for people with a BArch still exist, but some use to 20 years ago when I came out of school.

Dose a masters program give you an edge over someone who only has a BArch. Maybe, but an employer will also look at your portfolio, summer work experience as well as a personal interview. Down the road what most employers will look at is, what experience you have and what you can do, not you pedigree. It's important to get some kind of experience in your summers or if you take off for a semester.

Good Luck

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