MS in Taxation

MS in Taxation

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The Master of Science in Taxation provides the conceptual understanding and technical competence for a career in taxation. Employment opportunities include the tax departments of CPA and law firms, as well as corporations and government tax agencies. For those already employed in the field, the MS in Taxation should meet the continuing education requirements of professional associations and licensing boards.

The curriculum is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Students with a Bachelors degree in a field other than business administration may be required to take additional preparatory courses in Financial Accounting, Microeconomic Perspective for Managers, Managerial Finance, and Management of Information in the Corporate Environment.

Preparatory Coursework (6 units)
Prior to or during their first year in the program students must demonstrate proficiency in the following areas.
MATH 135 Business Calculus (3)
Or enroll in the Graduate Programs Quantitative Preparatory Course, offered each fall
Fall 2014 Dates: August 30, September 6 and September 13
ACCT 308 Concepts of Federal Income Tax (3)
Required Tax Course (9 units)
ACCT 470 Tax Research, Practice and Procedures (3)
ACCT 572 Seminar in Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders (3)
ACCT 578 Seminar in Taxation of Partnerships (3)

Electives in Taxation and Related Fields (9 units)
Three courses (3 units) to be selected in consultation with, and approved by, the M.S. in Taxation Graduate Advisor.

Available electives include, but are not limited to:
ACCT 508 Seminar in Tax Planning (3)
ACCT 573 Seminar in Taxation of Property Transactions (3)
ACCT 574 Seminar in Taxation of International
Business Operations (3)
ACCT 575 Seminar in Estate, Gift, Inheritance Taxes and
Estate Planning (3)
ACCT 576 Seminar in State and Local Taxation (3)
ACCT 577 Seminar in Taxation of Employee Compensation (3)
ACCT 580 Seminar in Taxation of S-Corporations (3)

Other Electives (9 units) to be selected in consultation with and approved by the M.S. in Taxation Graduate Advisor

One course (3 units) in either economics or political science.

Recommended courses are:
ECON 521 Macroeconomic Perspective for Managers (3)
POLSC 519 State and Local Government (3)
POLSC 528 Seminar in Public Administration & Policy (3)

Two courses (6 units) in either business or non-business fields.

Terminal Evaluation (3 units)
ACCT 597 Capstone Project (3)
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Admissions and Application Procedures
If you have questions regarding admissions and application procedures for the Graduate Programs, please contact our Recruitment Specialist at or (657) 278-8580.

Application Status
If you have already applied and have questions about your application status, please contact our Evaluations Specialist at or (657) 278-2003.

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