To be an architect in the U.S. you must be
Complete a professional degree program in architecture
Complete a three-year internship
Pass the Architect Registration Exam
The two accredited program types are Bachelor of Architectrue (B.ARCH) and Master of Architecture (M.ARCH).
The education componet can be fulfilled in on of three ways, but should be completed in an accredited professional degree program. These avenues to licensure are:
1. 5 year Bachelor of Architecture (a professional degree) +3 year internship or
2. 4 year "pre-professional" Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in a related field like architecture or environmental design + 2 year Masters of Architecture (professional degree) +3 year internship or
3. 4 year undergraduate degree in any major + 3 year (or 3.5) Masters of Architecture (professional degree) + 3 year internship.
Excellent resources for counselors and students:
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture www.acsa-arch.org
The AmericanInstitute of Architecture also lists programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) www.naab.org
University of Southern California
ENGL 102 or 104
PHYS 105 and 106
USC School of Architecture
February 1, - Transfer Application and Portfolio Deadline for Scholarship and Regular Consideration
Apply online using the Common Application and the USC Supplemental Application.
An online portfolio submission is required of ALL first-year (freshman) and transfer applicants. Portfolio Requirements
All official high school and college transcripts
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transfer applicants must submit at least one (1) and no more than three (3) letters of recommendation. You may submit your letters by mail to the University's Office of Admission using the Instructor Evaluation form in the Common Application.
Letters can be mailed to: USC Office of Admission | Undergraduate Admission | University Park Campus | Los Angeles, CA 90089-0911
MINIMUM GPA 3.0
Note If you are using IGETC to fulfill CED's College Requirements, you must have full certification. Partial certification will not complete the requirements. Be sure to check with your community college about the procedures involved in certification of IGETC. The University will require the official certification by the July 15th deadline.
If you will not complete IGETC certification, you must follow exactly the articulation agreements between your school and the CED architecture major as described on this ASSIST.org website.
Cal Poly Pomona
Recommended minimum transferable GPA 3.2
As a result of state impaction requirements, non-resident and foreign students are not eligible to apply to the ndergraduate program. A supplementary admissions process is required by the University and the
The "Golden Four" (Oral Communication, English Composition, Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning) must be completed by the end of the fall quarter in which the student applies to the program (e.g., by the end of Fall 2013 for entrance in Fall 2014).
ENGL 102 or 104
The following require portfolio review for credit:
ARCH 103, 105, 120, 130
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
MATH 103, 104
PHYS 105 and 106 or 101 and 103