Why would a student pursue a pre-professional program in architecture vs. a professional program? Is it for someone who's not sure if they want to pursue architecture? What kind of job would they get upon graduating? I realize they would need a Master's program after that to pursue a career in architecture.
First, let me put your question in another context. Instead of asking
preprofessional vs professional, a better question is professional vs.
NAAB (accrediting board) accredits three degrees -
1) Bachelor of Architecture (5 years); 2) Master of Architecture (4+2/3
years); and the Doctor of Architecture (only at Hawaii). So, students
can choose from any of these three paths to a professional accredited
Thus, students pursue the 4+2 preprofessional degree + the Master of
Architecture because it provides a broader undergraduate education; it
provides the opportunity to pursue studies at two institutions/programs -
one for undergraduate and one for graduate -- as well, it allows the
opportunity to take time off between the two degrees. Finally, many of
these 4+2 programs do not require studio in the first year allowing a
student to ease into architecture compared to the five-year BArch.
Students with the four-year preprofessional Bachelor of Science in
Architectural Studies can secure any entry level position with an
architecture firm; just because they do not have the professional
degree, does not mean that they cannot contribute their skills to a firm
or any employer.
Ironically, in the early 1980s, there were about 90 BArch degree and
50 MArch; not it is opposite with about 90 MArch degrees being offered
and 50 BArchs.
I hope this helps. Thanks!