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While learning for its own sake is commendable, most people thinking about graduate school also are at least a little bit interested in how a master’s program might fit into their career plans.

More than 700 students have gone through PAR over the last four decades, and roughly two-thirds of them currently are with the media or in media-related fields.

Their ranks include editors, columnists and reporters at the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Arizona Republic, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Indianapolis Star, The (Baltimore) Sun, The Seattle Times, the Kansas City Star, the International Herald Tribune, and other major metropolitan newspapers, as well as with The Associated Press, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg News.

Broadcast alums are executives, producers and reporters with television and radio outlets in the Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Orlando, Indianapolis, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville and other markets throughout the U.S., as well as with Al Jazeera, C-SPAN and National Public Radio.

PAR alums also account for roughly half of the Capitol press corps, including six bureau chiefs.

Read more about what you can do with a Public Affairs Reporting degree.