Friday, August 27, 2010

BArch vs. MArch

I found your blog while I was trying to look up the difference between someone with a Bachelors in Architecture and a Masters in Architecture. In the professional world, is there much of a difference between the two as far as being hired goes, respect or pay wise? Is there any difference between the two except that one has a BArch and one has a MArch?

With respect to the licensure, there is no difference between the two. Both serve as the first NAAB accredited professional degree.

However, obviously they are different in terms of length and emphasis. In terms of the profession, they are different but probably only in the initial years after graduation. Depending on their individual background, employers may have a preference over one of the degrees more than the others, but that would be personal preference.

In other words, if I have a BArch, I may be more interested in graduates from a BArch program or likewise for the MArch. Ultimately, you choose a degree program based on your own criteria - one of which could be how the profession views the degree.

In the end, employers want to see your work and what you can do regardless of degree.

Dr. Architecture

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