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.


  • Middleton Review Covers PLA Class Study

    On August 26th, the Middleton Review published an article on the report produced by Dr. Jeff Sledge’s class – Designing for Resilience: Reimagining the Unimaginable. The graduate-level course within the Department of Planning and Landscape …

  • S.M. Born Lecture on Environmental Planning and Stewardship: Matthew Vitz

    We are pleased to announce that on Tuesday, November 12, Dr. Matthew Vitz will be presenting the inaugural lecture of the SM Born Lecture on Environmental Planning and Stewardship Series! The lecture will begin at …

  • Summer Internship Spotlight: Andrew Busker

    The rise in temperatures, is bringing back summer nostalgia and with it our student summer internship spotlight. Today, our spotlight is on MS URPL student Andrew Busker. Andrew spent his summer working for the City …

  • Summer Internship Spotlight: Kayla Wandsnider

    One summer internship? How about two? MS URPL student, Kayla Wandsnider has been busy this summer working as a Flood Resiliency Intern for both the Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and the Department of Energy for …

  • Summer Internship Spotlight: Connor Fahey

    The school year is almost here, and Landscape Architecture Undergrad, Connor Fahey, is getting ready by wrapping up his summer internship at The Bruce Company. The landscape design firm located in Middleton, Wisconsin has provided …

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