Bascom Hall on the University of Wisconsin campus

Academic Programs

  • 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.


Meet PLA

Get to Know PLA

Faculty Associate

Shawn T. Kelly is a practicing landscape architect at his design bid firm in Williams Bay, Wis. He also is on the…

MS Student

Ruanda is a double degree student working towards the M.S. URPL and a MPA from the La Follette School of Public…