Launch your career at the #1 rated Taxation program in the nation

Ranked as the top tax graduate program in the U.S. by TaxTalent.com, the Master of Science in Taxation stresses real-world skills that empower students to be exceptional tax professionals. Many of the "Big Four" firms hire GGU graduates and send their employees to GGU to update their tax education. Courses are taught by tax practitioners and lawyers who are experts in their field – in an environment that promotes the development of analytic and communication skills. The curriculum spans 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. GGU provides the option for a self-paced online format or in-person as part of an Accelerated MST cohort format.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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.


PROGRAM FORMATS

Earn the MS Tax degree on campus 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

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS


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.

FEATURED ALUMNI

Fiona Ma, MS Taxation 93

Fiona Ma, MS Taxation 93

Board Member & Chairwoman at California State Board of Equalization, Columnist "The Buzz" at Asian Week.com

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Chris Strand, MS Taxation 87

Chris Strand, MS Taxation 87

Co-Manager at Seattle Deposition Reporters, LLC, Owner at Chris William Strand CPA, Chief Financial Officer at Acequia Companies & Novus For a LLC

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Justice Faith Ireland, MS Taxation 84

Justice Faith Ireland, MS Taxation 84

Owner, Faith Ireland “Just Results”

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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.


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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


NON-COHORT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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


QUESTIONS?


TUITION

Taxation Courses: $3,465 per 3-unit course.

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


LOCATIONS

Courses in the program are offered at the following locations:

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