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After a 5 year architecture undergrad program should I go to graduate school?

I like the idea of going to a B.Arch program but I also would like to go to grad school. Would you recommend continuing to get a architecture masters after a B.Arch or is that a waste of money and time. And if it is advisable to get a masters in architecture after a B.Arch then should I work in the architecture field first before I pursue a masters or should I go straight from B.Arch to a masters program. #architecture #information-architecture #solution-architecture #architecture-and-planning #graduate-school #graduate #graduate-school-

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Dianne Michele’s Answer

Hi Jaclyn, I am getting my degree in Architecture now.True you do not need a Masters to work in an Architectural Firm. However, with a BA or BS degree you can only call yourself an Architectural DESIGNER. You are not an Architect until you have a Masters Degree, take the ARE exam and fulfill all of the IDP credits. Having just the BA or BS is fine for most people. With licensure comes more responsibility.
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Dinesh’s Answer

Hi Lilli,

Master Degree is advantage for Architect, but I would recommend to with some technology specific Architect/Solution Architect certifications which help you to understand the real technology scenarios.

Dinesh recommends the following next steps:

https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-solutions-architect-associate/
https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-solutions-architect-professional/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/azure-solutions-architect
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/roles/solutions-architect
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Jaclyn’s Answer

There is no need to get a Master in Architecture after a B. Arch. Most would say it is infact a waste of money as the only thing it really would do for you is make you eligible to teach at some major universities. I pursued a B. Arch and looking back I would have rather done the 4 year degree (Bachelor of Science in Architecture is what is was called at my university) and then gone to grad school for a M.Arch. It ends up being about the same amount of time in school, but you get better credentials out of it. After a 4 year degree you could also work for a bit in an architecture firm before pursuing an M.Arch. It's entirely up to you! I think I personally would have liked to go back to school after having some experience in the real world because your projects and understanding of architecture will be a lot better. architecture information-architecture college
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