Monday, August 19, 2013

Degree prior to Master of Architecture

Greetings Dr.  Architecture,

I am currently in a community college and i am pursuing the career of architecture. I have all the minimum requirements for cal poly pomona and i'm still taking more classes to have more skills. Due to that the major is impacted in cal poly pomona, i'm considering other options. I am deciding to apply this fall as landscape architecture to cal poly pomona and later on do a master in architecture. My main goal is that I want to end up being an architect. Although, i have a passion for design and interior design as well... I was considering applying to other universities as a design major. Would having a bachelor degree in design will help me to obtain a master in architecture? 

Thank you for your time. 

If you are thinking of pursuing the Master of Architecture without a preprofessional degree, you may pursue any major / degree at the undergraduate level.  In most cases, the MArch would take between 3-4 years depending on the institution.

Of course, I would recommend that you pursue an undergraduate major that is related to architecture such as landscape architecture, art or design as you suggest; by doing so, you develop materials for a portfolio that is required when applying to a MArch.

Also, to the extent possible, I would suggest attending an institution that has an architecture degree offering as you may be able to take courses or possibly even transfer to architecture.  You say that the major of architecture is impacted at Cal Poly Pomona, but have you talked with any administrators within the academic unit about options.  Can you transfer in after a year?

It is worth a discussion.


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