Master of Science in Taxation

A comprehensive graduate degree program designed to train students for a career in the tax field. Ranked #1 by Top 10 MS Tax Programs According to Tax Hiring Authorities.


Golden Gate University's Master of Science in Taxation (MST) is one of the most prestigious tax programs in the country, having earned a reputation for providing the most comprehensive and practical education available. Many of the "Big Four" firms hire Golden Gate University graduates and regularly send their employees to the university to update their tax education.

The curriculum stresses real-world content that prepares students to be knowledgeable tax professionals. Classes are taught by tax practitioners and lawyers who are experts in their field. Courses cover general and specialized tax subjects, including: estate and gift tax; partnerships; C corporations; LLCs and S corporations; California and multi-state tax; international tax; retirement plans; tax issues for individuals; and tax research.

Students can choose to complete the degree in-person, as part of a Accelerated MST Day Cohort?, or take courses online at a pace that convenient for them.

The program provides thorough and current knowledge of tax concepts, trends and practices in an environment that promotes the development of analytic and communication skills.


Earn the MS Tax degree on campus or online -- at your own pace or on a fixed schedule with a group of peers.




Course Delivery
in-person in-person and / or online
fixed schedule self-paced
Course Load
full-time part- or full-time
Completion Time
9 months 2 - 4 years
fixed start term (July) start any term



Graduates of the Master of Science in Taxation program will:
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify tax issues, determine the applicable relevant primary authority, analyze relevant primary authority and apply the authorities to reach well-reasoned oral or written conclusions.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of IRS practice and procedure and be able to represent a client in a tax controversy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethics and standards of professional responsibilities applicable to tax practitioners.


Fiona Ma, MS Taxation 93

Fiona Ma, MS Taxation 93

Chairwoman of the California State Board of Equalization

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Chris W. Strand, MS Taxation 87

Chris W. Strand, MS Taxation 87

CFO, Acequia Capital, LLC; Trustee, University of Redlands

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Faith Ireland, MS Taxation 84

Faith Ireland, MS Taxation 84

Owner, Faith Ireland “Just Results” & Former Washington Supreme Court Justice

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Cohort? (full-time) students earning this degree will attend many frequent workshops focusing on career search techniques, including resume writing and interview coaching. Multiple career options are presented by tax and accounting firms and industry leaders. Networking events and interactive sessions with accounting and tax professionals at all levels -- from first year staff members to managing partners -- are convened exclusively for cohort students. Technical panels and hands-on training sessions allow cohort students to immediately leverage their classroom knowledge so they are able to use what they have learned in real-life practice situations during their internship or employment position.


Students are encouraged to participate in an internship for experience and course credit.


All applicants should have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.00 grade-point average (GPA). Individuals with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00 are welcome to apply and will be considered for admission based on employment history, professional accomplishments, recommendations, etc. Certificate and open enrollment students must meet the same standards and prerequisites that apply to degree candidates.




Taxation Courses: $3,330 per 3-unit course.

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.


This program is offered at the following locations: San Francisco, Online, Seattle & Los Angeles.