main image

Welcome from the Department Chair

On behalf of my colleagues, I welcome you to the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and invite you to peruse this website. Here, you will find a comprehensive overview of the department with highlights of faculty research, teaching, and outreach activities. As you will see, we are a vibrant community of scholars active in linking multi-disciplinary theoretical constructs with planning practice. Check out our recent accomplishments!

In addition to information about our research and outreach activities, students will find this site useful in learning about courses, requirements, and career opportunities relevant to the two degrees offered by the department -- the Master of Science (M.S) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Urban and Regional Planning.  The M.S. degree is a professional degree accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.  The Ph.D. degree is research-based; emphasizing theoretically-sound and planning-relevant empiricism designed to train doctoral students interested in academic careers.

We are a department located within both the College of Letters & Science and the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences.   Globally unique among planning programs, we also have a long association with Cooperative Extension, one of the first university outreach and community engagement programs in the world.  Over the years, our faculty, academic staff, students, and alumni have had a significant impact on planning as practiced in Wisconsin, across the continent, and throughout the world.  According to recent national result summaries, our alumni have the highest pass rate of those taking the AICP exam among our North American peers (check this out)!

We are honored and humbled to have you as a guest ... and glad you are interested in learning more about urban and regional planning at the University of Wisconsin - Madison! If we can be of further service to you in matters related to our department or the University, please contact us directly.


Dave Marcouiller,

Professor, State Extension Specialist, and Chair
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
110 Old Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706; voice: (608) 262-2998; email:; facsimile: (608) 262-9307



About Urban and Regional Planning at the UW-Madison; Mission and History

Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and Visiting Scholars and Practitioners