DPLA's Fall 2022 courses are now available!

PLA is home to undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as research labs and community partnerships.
Introducing students to the field of landscape studies and provides specialties in restoration ecology, environmental planning, or cultural and historic landscapes.
Training students to become licensed landscape architects. This is a professional degree program accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects.
This Master of Science degree emphasizes conducting original research in the form of a thesis or creating evidence-based design solutions to complex landscape problems.
This Master of Science degree prepares students for professional positions in government, non-profit and community organizations, and the private sector, to be leaders in shaping communities.
This Doctor of Philosophy degree is a research degree and is intended to appeal to individuals from diverse planning backgrounds.

The Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture is committed to establishing and maintaining a supportive climate of inclusion, diversity, and collegiality among our interactions and through our actions and policies. We envision a department in which all individuals are engaged in a vibrant learning community, where ideas, experiences, and perspectives are supported, nurtured, and developed to their highest levels.


  • Double-Degree Opportunities

    Students in the MS URPL program can earn another graduate degree through the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison. La Follette offers domestic and international degrees in public management and policy analysis. Students …

  • In Remembrance of Roger F. Rupnow

    The Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture is saddened to share that Roger Rupnow (BS URPL ’56, MS URPL ’65) has passed away at the age of 94. Roger received his undergraduate degree and his …

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New Job Postings

  • GIS Analyst I (ECWRPC)

    East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) is looking for an energetic and dynamic professional to work with the GIS and Transportation Teams to develop digital thematic data sets, conduct spatial analysis, and create digital …

  • Emergency Government Specialist, Hazard Mitigation Project (Madison, WI)

    Under the general direction of the Hazard Mitigation Supervisor, this position assists in the management of planning grants and initiatives in the Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs. Hazard Mitigation Plans serve as a means to understanding …

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