How Many Years of College Do You Need to Become an Architect?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 9, 2020 4:37:09 AM ET

A person generally needs at least five years of college to become an architect. A four-year pre-professional degree can be obtained, followed by one to five years in a professional degree program.

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Pre-professional architecture degrees can include bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and sometimes doctorates. In addition to this, an architect must obtain a professional degree that is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Years spent obtaining a pre-professional degree can detract from the amount of years necessary to obtain a professional degree. After a person receives a professional degree, he may choose to specialize even further by obtaining a post-professional degree.