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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. The curriculum stresses real-world content that prepares students to be knowledgeable tax professionals. 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 an 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.

ALL APPLICANTS

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.


COHORT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

2020 - 2021 ACCELERATED MST DAY COHORT TERMS

TERM

Term DATES

Mandatory Orientation July 23 - July 24, 2020
Term 1 Jul 27 - Sep 25, 2020
Term 2 Oct 5 - Dec 4, 2020
Term 3 Jan 10 - Apr 24th, 2021

ADVANCED PROGRAM — 30 UNITS*

CORE COURSES — 21 UNITS

TA 318
Advanced Federal Income Taxation
TA 319
Federal Tax Procedure
TA 322A
Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders I
TA 328
Federal Income Taxation of Partners and Partnerships
TA 329
Tax Research and Decision Making
TA 330
Property Transactions
TA 338
Tax Timing

ELECTIVES — 9 UNITS

9 units with the TA prefix that are not a part of the program’s core course requirements. If eligible, students may take TA 398 Internship: Taxation (3-6).**

**Up to 6 units of course credit may be obtained through internship experience. Eligibility is determined by the Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation. Please see Internship Eligibility for more information.

As an alternative to taking only taxation electives, students have the option to select up to three of their elective units from the following list:

ACCTG 302
Accountants Professional Responsibility & Ethics
ACCTG 351C
Analysis of Financial Information for Accountants
ACCTG 377
Financial Accounting and Reporting
ACCTG 378
Business Environments and Concepts
ACCTG 379
Accounting and Tax Regulations
ACCTG 380
Auditing and Attestation
FI 300
Corporate Finance
FI 307
Financial Modeling
FI 312
Capital Budgeting & Long-Term Financing
FI 318
Venture Capital and Start-Up Financing
FI 346
Derivative Markets
FI 348
Fixed Income Analysis
MSBA 300
Foundations of Business Analytics
MSBA 301
Performance Management & Metrics

Alternatively, students can select up to three units of coursework from LLM Taxation or LLM Estate Planning programs. (Note: All course prerequisites must be satisfied and tuition will be assessed on the rate applicable to the school or program that offers the course. Students interested in registering for LLM program course should seek the assistance of their advisor.)

Students transferring credit from accredited law schools, colleges, and universities may be granted as many as 6 units of credit toward the Master of Science in Taxation requirements for graduate tax courses successfully completed at those institutions.


SCHEDULES

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

PROGRAM FORMATS

Earn the MS Tax degree in-person and / or online — at your own pace or on a fixed schedule with a group of peers.

 

COHORT?

NON-COHORT

COURSE DELIVERY
in-person in-person and / or online
PACE
fixed schedule self-paced
COURSE LOAD
full-time part- or full-time
COMPLETION TIME
9 months 2 - 4 years
ENROLLMENT
fixed start term (July) start any term

CAREER DEVELOPMENT & PLACEMENT SUPPORT

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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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.

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