PLA is home to undergraduate and graduate academic programs.
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.


  • 2019 MS URPL Poster Forum and PLA Graduation

    Last Friday, nine MS URPL graduates presented their semester-long findings at the annual poster forum! The afternoon took place on the top floor of the Madison Public Library. The room quickly filled with Department staff …

  • Recap: Day of the Badger

    On Tuesday, April 9th, Departments across campus rallied alumni, students, and friends for the first, annual Day of the Badger. The University dedicated 1,848 minutes (a tribute to the school’s founding), to raise funds towards …

  • DPLA Badgers Represent at National Planning Conference

    The American Planning Association hosted the annual National Planning Conference in San Francisco on April 13th. For four days the NPC brought together planners, planning commissioners, appointed and elected officials, and students to discuss contemporary …

  • UW Students Visit K-12 School to Celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month

      April is World Landscape Architecture Month! Landscape Architecture students celebrated World Landscape Architecture Month by visiting Edgewood Campus School. Luisa Dummann, Krista Farrell, and Haliey McAdams presented to a great group of 30 5th …

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