Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL)

“NewSchool is part of something revolutionary. Licensure not only makes architects more employable more quickly, it gives them freedom to do more diverse and interesting work, moving from one firm to another.”

Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, DPACSA
President, NewSchool of Architecture & Design

Architectural Licensure Upon Graduation

NewSchool is proud to announce that we are one of only 14 initial schools in the nation that have been accepted by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) to participate in the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL). This initiative provides students an opportunity to complete architectural license requirements for licensure while earning their graduate architecture degree, therefore significantly reducing time to launch their careers as licensed architects.

NewSchool’s IPAL program, a four-year graduate degree program, launched in the fall of 2016. This rigorous architecture education program combines all requirements for architectural licensure, including Architectural Experience Program (AXP) hours and the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE). The program allows students to begin taking the ARE tests during the second, third and fourth years – two test sections each year. The final (fourth) year of the program will consist of a full-time practicum and final ARE tests. NewSchool is currently accepting applications for the program.

Program Overview

NewSchool’s program combines all of the requirements for professional architectural licensure into a single, integrated pathway for students. The program is a 4 year graduate degree that is open for students with an undergraduate degree in architecture or another field. The program combines the degree requirements for Master of Architecture I which is a NAAB accredited first professional degree, the architectural experience program (AXP) hours (3,740 hours) and the opportunity to take each of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) test sections (6 sections total) before graduation. Advanced placement may be possible for applicants with a 4-year undergraduate degree in architecture.

During first year of the program, students will take a full course load of architecture graduate degree foundation courses, including design studio, architectural history, statics and structures as well as materials and methods. During the first summer, students will choose elective courses, including an opportunity to participate in one of our exciting study abroad programs. Beginning of the second year, students will also have part-time internship during the academic years and full time internships during summers. The ARE tests will be taken during second, third and fourth years – two test sections each year. The final (fourth) year of the program will consist of a full time practicum and final ARE tests.

PROGRAM OPTIONS

Depending on your academic record, undergraduate degree, as well as the review of your portfolio, the M. Arch program offers multiple tracks and entry points. The placement will be determined by the admissions committee.

  • IPAL4: This is a 4 year graduate architecture (M. Arch) program for students with a baccalaureate degree in any field. This rigorous architecture education program combines all requirements for architectural licensure, including professional experience and the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE).
  • IPAL3: This is a 3 year graduate architecture (M. Arch) program for students with a pre-professional architecture or architectural studies undergraduate degree. This rigorous architecture education program combines all requirements for architectural licensure, including professional experience and the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE).

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