Taxation, Master of Science


College of Business and Economics

M.S., Taxation

Program Eligibility and Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Taxation

To earn the M.S. in Taxation, students must be classified as graduate students. Classified graduate students are those who have met all criteria for classification in the program. The criteria for Classification is listed below:

Students must fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • A graduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Appropriate scores on GRE, GMAT, MAT or other acceptable examinations as required by the department.
  • The student obtains a “B” or higher in the first three courses in the M.S. in Taxation program; and obtains at the time of admission to the program either: (a) a professional credential of CPA or Enrolled Agent; or (b) have at least five years of experience performing progressively more complex and sophisticated tasks in the field of taxation in a public accounting, government or private industry setting.
  • In addition, a passing score on the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination is required for classification.
  • Finally, candidates must complete the 30 units of course work as described below with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Candidates who fail to attain a 3.0 or higher average in the first 15 units attempted will be disqualified from the program. The maximum time allowable to complete the degree is five calendar years from the date of admission.

1. Core Skills (3 units)

2. Core Knowledge (24 units)

These eight courses provide the students with an in-depth knowledge in key areas in the field of taxation. Each course integrates into its curriculum and pedagogy written-communication skills, tax-research skills and critical-thinking skills. Some courses also integrate compilation and analytical review, oral communication skills, as well as ethics and professional responsibility.

Foundational Knowledge (15 units)
Students must take all of the following 5 courses:
Fields of Specializations (9 units)

Students must take a cluster of three specialized topic courses. Clusters may vary from cohort to cohort. Specialized topic courses include the following:

3. Tax Planning Focus (2 units)

4. Culminating Experience (1 Unit)

As part of their culminating experience, students have the option of participating in either a Tax Challenge Project or a Federal Tax Clinic.

Unit Totals
Program Component Units
Total Units Required for the Degree 30