Prospective Students

Students applying for admission to the M.A. in Strategic Communication must meet the university-wide requirements for graduate admission and the specific requirements for the MASC. See the specific requirements for the MASC here.

Apply Now


GMAT Study Schedule

GMAT Test Prep Software

Tips for GRE/GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment


Analytical Writing Sample Essays and Commentaries

(The GRE and GMAT Analytical Writing Assignments are similar)

GRE Test Prep Software

Current Students


Dr. Tracy Rutledge

Graduate Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor

305 Gooch Hall

Martin, TN 38238

Ph: (731) 881-7554


APA Style

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): APA Formatting and Style Guide Website

Mastering APA Style: Student’s Workbook and Training Guide, Sixth Edition (ISBN: 978-1-4338-0557-8)

This self-paced workbook will teach you APA style through a series of exercises and practice tests.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (ISBN: 978-1-4338-0561-5)

This is the comprehensive APA manual. It includes writing style rules, grammar and language guidelines, and citation information. It is available in hard cover, soft cover, spiral bound, and Kindle formats.

Concise Rules of APA Style, Sixth Edition (ISBN: 978-1-4338-0560-8)

This is a more concise version of the APA manual and addresses essentially writing standards.


How You Can Write a Successful Master’s Thesis in 8 Steps: The Secret to Completing Your Master’s Degree in Mass Communication, by Thabo Nkomo

This e-book explains the eight steps to completing a capstone research project or thesis in a practical way. It is only available as a Kindle book from Amazon. You can download the Kindle app and read the book on any device.

Capstone Project Proposal and Final Project

Comprehensive Exams

COMM 703 Syllabus with Comprehensive Exam Breakdown

Scholarly Research and Resources

Paul Meek Library Database

Google Scholar Database

Statistical Analysis

Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, Fifth Edition, by Neil J. Salkind (ISBN: 978-1452277714)

This book is an easy-to-read, practical book for research statistics. It explains statistical concepts and tests in plain English with an emphasis on practical application. Each chapter ends with a discussion of how to use SPSS to con- duct the statistical test. The ow charts are invaluable.

Using SPSS for Windows and Macintosh: Analyzing and Understanding Data, Sixth Edition, by Samuel Green and Neil Salkind (ISBN: 978-0205020409)

This book includes detailed descriptions, instructions, and sample APA results sections for the most common statistical tests performed in SPSS. Some of the terminology is a little dated—it still references a “floppy disk” — but it’s still a great reference book. Note: There is a newer edition but it is not significantly different. Save a little money and order the sixth edition.