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.


  • PLA Summer Reading List!

    In Defense of Housing – David Madden and Peter Marcuse The Just City Reader – ed. Toni L. Griffin What Goes Up: the Right and Wrongs to the City – Michael Sorkin High-Risers: Cabrini Green …

  • Congratulations to PLA’s Newest Alumni!

    On Saturday, May 9th PLA celebrated the graduating class of 2020. We weren’t able to hold in-person graduation events but instead came together virtually to celebrate 13 MS in Urban and Regional Planning graduates and …

  • More News posts

New Job Postings

  • Landscape Architect Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises

    Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises (OTIE) is a Native-American business, owned by the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Founded 30 years ago, we have grown into an integrated, multi-disciplined firm of professional engineers, scientists, and construction managers. …

  • Summer 2020 Social and Policy Research on Grasslands

    Hiring a student hourly for summer 2020 with possibility of continuing into Fall 2020 to help with social and policy research on grasslands and transitions to managed grazing and savannah.  20-40 hours/week. Pay starting at …

  • More Jobs posts

See how we are living out the Wisconsin Idea in our outreach programs and research labs
Learn More