A fast track to architectural licensure is now available for Texas A&M Master of Architecture students.

It typically takes approximately 12 years to earn an architecture license in the U.S. — the steps include earning a professional architecture degree, reporting experience at a firm, and passing the licensing exam.

Texas A&M’s graduate architecture degree program is the first in the state to offer the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure, which presents students with an opportunity to earn a license upon graduation.

Launched by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards, the initiative is an accelerated pathway that enables students to complete licensure requirements while earning a degree —without adding to the time it takes to graduate.

“The program is available immediately,” said Katherine Reed, assistant dean for graduate studies at the College of Architecture. “It will benefit students by connecting their classroom learning to experience working in architectural firms, setting them up for success after graduation, and providing a faster path to licensure.”

The initiative’s integration of the education, experience and examination requirements of licensure also:

  • Accelerates career development with work experience and networking;
  • Makes students eligible for licensure by completing licensure requirements;
  • Opens up career opportunities through licensure, and
  • Helps students manage the financial burden of earning a degree by interweaving paid employment opportunities with academic requirements and by qualifying them for higher paying positions.

Texas A&M’s Master of Architecture program is now one of just 28 U.S. participants in the initiative.

Richard Nira — rnira@arch.tamu.edu