Trimming Years Off the Path to Architecture Licensure

[Update: October 23, 2013]

794183911_1022_UMinn_NCARB_01_tcm20-2082726.jpgA new article in Architect this week explains how our new M.S. in Architecture with a
concentration in Research Practices (MS-RP) degree aims to help B.Arch or M.Arch graduates achieve licensure within six months of graduation.

Students enrolled in the one-year MS-RP program will not only take
coursework in research methods and analysis, but they will also spend 25
hours a week in a research practice internship. Based on their
experience and interests, they will be paired with a faculty member and
design firm in the Consortium for Research Practices to work on a research and practice (RP) internship.

[Original Post: January 18, 2013]Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 2.14.23 PM.pngStarting this spring, the School of Architecture will offer a new concentration in research practices within their master of science in architecture degree (MS-RP) for students starting the fall of 2013. The program aims at halving the amount of time from high school to licensure for architects–from an average of 14.5 years to 7.

By offering this model, the School of Architecture nudges the profession toward true culture change, one that expects all students to be licensed upon graduation, regardless of their final career choices. It also takes advantage of recent changes to the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s Intern Development Program and Architect Registration Examination, and leverages the historically strong connection between practice and academy in the Minneapolis/St Paul community.

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 2.09.43 PM.pngArchitect Magazine is out this January with a piece featuring the MS-RP degree.  The article details the work Professor Renee Cheng and her colleagues have undertaken to make the degree come to fruition. Read the entire article here.

More on the MS-RP degree can be found at  Consortium for Research Practices information can be found by visiting

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