M.Sc. On Campus

Urban and Regional Planning

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12218 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture (DPLA) offers an accredited Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin Madison. The degree trains students in the knowledge, theories, and skills to be leaders in their communities by making positive change through informed and reflective action.


The M.S. Urban and Regional Planning degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison is intended to prepare graduates for professional planning careers in government, nonprofit and community organizations, and the private sector, and to work at a variety of scales including rural and urban communities. The program normally requires two academic years of full-time work plus an internship. In addition to the M.S. program, the department offers a Ph.D. program.

Although DPLA stresses the development of general skills and mental attitudes that are common to all planning endeavors, students are required to specialize in an area of planning that is of interest to the student, such as housing, land use, food systems, environmental planning, regional economic development, transportation, public health, or urban design, among other possibilities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehension, representation, and use of ideas and information in the planning field, including appropriate perspectives from history, social science, and the design professions.
  • Appreciation of why planning is undertaken by communities, cities, regions, and nations, and the impact planning is expected to have.
  • Appreciation of the behaviors and structures available to bring about sound planning outcomes.
  • Appreciation of the legal and institutional contexts within which planning occurs.
  • Understanding of the growth and development of places over time and across space.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Planning
  • Methods of Planning Analysis
  • Planning Thought and Practice
  • Planning and the Legal System
  • Urban and Regional Planning 
  • Site Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Statement of purpose
  • The success of international students enrolled in the program depends heavily on a good working knowledge of English. Prospective applicants who do not feel comfortable using the English language are strongly urged to consider further language study before applying for admission

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12218 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12218 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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