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Architecture Launches MS-RP Degree

Starting 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.

The research practices concentration is intended primarily for:

- Current M. Arch. students who seek a concurrent-degree.

- Individuals with professional degrees in architecture. (B. Arch, M. Arch)

Given the professional research basis of the Research Practices Concentration, previous studies in architecture are required. This may include B.Arch or M.Arch.

It is highly recommended that applicants have sufficient professional background including at least half of the required IDP hours (approximately 2800 hours). Those lacking sufficient training or preparation in professional practice areas may be admitted contingent upon completion of one course in each area (up to 3 courses) before registration as a graduate student.

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