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Taxation, Master of Science

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College of Business and Economics


Degree Program

Mission Statement

The M.S. in Taxation prepares students to pursue careers in the field of taxation. Our students complete a rigorous program in taxation that develops their written communication, as well as tax research and critical-thinking skills.

The Major

The M.S. in Taxation program is a demanding, competitive and rigorous course of study that develops an understanding of the tax practice. It focuses on building research, communication, compliance and critical-thinking skills that are vital to becoming a successful tax practitioner in public, private, government and not-for-profit organizations.


The field of taxation offers stimulating and challenging work that is constantly evolving. Career opportunities exist in public accounting, private industry, government, not-for-profit institutions and other business-related organizations. In 2012, the annual earnings of tax accountants in public accounting with one to three years of work experience have ranged from $47,750 to $75,250. Practitioners with a graduate degree in taxation can expect to earn between 5 to 10 percent more.

Academic Advisement

Advisement materials are available from our website and the program Advisement Office in JH 1111, (818) 677-3952.

Part-time Faculty

John Balian, James Chapman, Sharyn M. Fisk, George S. Gans, Robert Johnson, Moshe Kushman, John Lilly, Rob Razani, Todd Reinstein, Jacob Stein, Frederick E. Wooldridge


Eric Santiestevan  (Program Coordinator)