Public Affairs Reporting

Degree Program Program Type Dept Application Materials and Admission Criteria Prerequisite Course Requirements Department ADM Review Dept Conditional Admits Dept Appeal Process
Public Affairs Reporting MA *Completed PAR application

*Samples of written work

*Narrative statement on qualifications and interest in program

*Three references

*Other requirements:

*Finalists are required to take a literacy/competency/current events test; complete a writing exercise; and interview with PAR Admissions Committee

*Writing ability

*Interest in government and public affairs

*Potential for a career in journalism Academic record

*Application Deadline:
April 1, or the next business day if April 1 falls on a weekend.

N/A PAR Program Director screens files for minimum requirements; Admissions Committee conducts interviews, reviews application materials of finalists, and makes admission decisions. Committee members include UIS faculty involved with program and Statehouse print and broadcast reporters (many of whom are PAR graduates) Yes No; however, viable applicants who lack professional experience are encouraged to seek additional journalism training and to reapply later