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Department of Public Affairs Reporting University of Illinois Springfield



Application Requirements

In addition to completing the UIS application for graduate study, applicants to the Public Affairs Reporting program should apply directly to the program. The deadline for applications is April 1 for the following fall semester. The program requires applicants to submit an official application form — available below, or from the program at the address below, by phone or by e-mail — three reference letters, writing samples (newspaper clippings or broadcast scripts and DVDs/CDs preferred), a goals essay, and undergraduate transcripts.

Based on evaluation of these materials, finalists for acceptance into the Public Affairs Reporting program are invited to Springfield for an interview with the PAR Admissions Committee. At that time, candidates also will be tested on language skills and current events and will complete a news writing exercise.

All materials should be sent to:

Public Affairs Reporting program – PAC 326
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza – MS PAC 350
Springfield, IL 62703-5407

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University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407



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