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Whats the difference between a 5 year architecture program and the 4+2 one?

I'm looking into architecture schools I want to apply to, but I'm stuck on what "program" I should take. Which one is a better choice, in terms of tuition, experience, and benefits later on in my career?

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Thomas’s Answer

Something many people overlook is that not all states require an accredited degree to get licensed. Go here: https://www.ncarb.org/get-licensed/licensing-requirements-tool? and under "Requirements," click "A professional degree from a NAAB accredited school is required.

Know the difference between: B.S.Arch, B.Arch, and M.Arch

I went to a state school for my B.S.Arch (4yr) and then the private school I actually wanted to go to for my M.Arch (2yr). It saved me a lot of money as opposed to going to the private school for all 5/6 years.

I definitely recommend 4+2 because then you get accredited plus a masters with just 1 extra year. Plus you can split your time like I did and get the experience of 2 different colleges. Sure, you can do 5+1, but almost no one ever does. But being a master of architecture just sounds so much better than being a bachelor.
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Bill’s Answer

Jennifer,

A Five Year degree is a Bachelor of Architecture (design degree), the four + two is a combination of a Four Year Bachelor of Science in Architecture (technical degree) and a two year Masters in Architecture degree.

I wish you all the best in your future pursuit.

Bill

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Andrew Castelli’s Answer

The main difference is that the 4+2 system transitions directly to the Master of Architecture professional degree from the Bachelor of Science degree, usually in the same University course of study. The 5 year program leads to the Bachelor of Architecture professional degree. What is important to know is that either one of these degrees (Master of Architecture or the Bachelor of Architecture professional degree) will permit you to get your Architects License. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is an academic degree and it alone, will not permit you to take your licensing exam. You need a Professional degree in order to get licensed.
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Andrew Castelli’s Answer

Both paths are good and will permit you to get your architects license. The question is whether you would like to get a Masters degree or not. Both degrees, the Master of Architecture 6 year degree and the Bachelor of Architecture 5 year degree are professional degrees that will permit you to become Registered.
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David’s Answer

The difference between a 5 year architecture program and the 4+2 architecture program, as couple profession already mention to you. Majority College/University Architecture programs requires 5 years just for the Bachelor professional degree but the 4+2 architecture program will be the Master of Architecture professional degree. Both programs are good and will permit you to get your architects license. So now it is your decision to pick if you want to just be okay with the Bachelor degree or you want to grab the Master degree while it you at it which you will be just spending additional years or years and half to complete. Both degrees, the Master of Architecture 6 year degree and the Bachelor of Architecture 5 year degree are professional degrees that will permit you to become Registered, but like said do you want to move up or knock out while you are doing it already or you going to plan to come back for the next level.
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Rachel’s Answer

Hello Jennifer,
Like the other professionals have stated it depends on your preference if you want a Bachelors or Masters degree. I chose the 5 year Bachelor of Architecture from an accredited school and was able to complete all the required hours to get my architecture license. All the architects at firms I have worked for stated there was no need to go for the extra year as far as the license/experience, but if you would like a masters, the 4+2 is what you should pursue. If you're looking to save a year of tuition and get into the workforce quicker, stick with the 5 year program.
I hope this helps!
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Brianna’s Answer

Another option that hasn't been mentioned yet is the 5-year accredited M.Arch degree. I attended Kansas State University (KSU) and their College of Architecture Planning & Design (CAPD) offers 5-year NAAB accredited Masters degrees in Architecture, Interior Architecture + Product Design, and Landscape Architecture. This is a great way to save money on the overall number of years in school while still gaining an accredited M.Arch degree that allows you to become licensed quickly. The program even builds in time for internships the fourth year in order to start collecting AXP hours. The downside here is (1) if you want to become a professor of Architecture, you will need to go one additional year to achieve your M.Arch II in order to qualify, and (2) you will not have a piece of paper for your Bachelors and Masters degrees, instead only for the Masters at the end.

https://apdesign.k-state.edu/arch/academics/march/
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