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Is it better to get a B.Arch degree or a M.Arch degree? What is the difference? Also if you get a B.Arch degree do you need to go to graduate school?

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Mr.’s Answer

Leah,

The B. arch is for those looking to practice architecture. The M. arch is for those will become certified and licensed architect developers. Basically the B. arch is for people who may want to go into the field yet have a leeway to do other things. The M.arch guarantees that you will be in the field only. Architecture schools nowadays automatically offer the M.arch through programs after a 3 year/2 year education. But most students who are considered for the Architectural Registration Examination must complete an M.arch program. Even a B.S. Arch must complete the accredited program.

I hope I was able to help you if there are any other questions feel free to leave a reply.
I wish you the best on your journey.
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Linaea’s Answer

To become a licensed architect you must have a five-year professional degree from a NAAB accredited program: With a 5-year professional degree BArch, you can still become a licensed architect. There may be a slight difference in the pay scale that you would get into initially from a firm from those who have an M Arch, but in this profession, performance outweighs education most often, so the difference wouldn't last long. You'd want the MArch though if you wanted to get into teaching.

Also worth mentioning, the degree must be a B or M Arch. Bachelor's of Art or Bachelor's of Science in Architecture are usually an indication the program is not NAAB accredited and therefore will not satisfy minimum licensure requirements.

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Emily’s Answer

The education to become an architect typically requires the following:

1) A 4-6 degree program at a NAAB / NCARB accredited college or university (all states require at least a bachelor's degree, whereas, most states require a master's degree). You do typically need a M.Arch degree to become a licensed architect (if licensure is something that you want to pursue). It is also worth adding that most employers (in my state at least) look for a candidate with a M.Arch degree.

2) The passing of the 6 ARE 5.0 exams for licensure

After that, you are legally an architect! Check out NCARB (https://www.ncarb.org/) or NAAB (https://www.ncarb.org/become-architect/study-architecture/accredited-programs) for more information.
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