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MS in Taxation Curriculum

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The Master of Science in Taxation (MST) program offers a curriculum that emphasizes intensive professional level skill-building in written and oral communication, information systems technology and interpersonal relations along with personal integrity and professional ethics.

Program Length

The MST program may be completed full time within one calendar year or part-time within two years.  

Prerequisites

Prior to enrollment in the MST program, the student must have satisfied prerequisite knowledge through coursework at an undergraduate or graduate level:

Business Law – 3 credit hours
Federal Income Taxation – 3 credit hours
Intermediate Accounting – 6 credit hours
Macroeconomics – 3 credit hours

Curriculum

The MST program requires completion of 30 credit hours composed of required core courses, electives and a research component.

Required Taxation Core Courses
6 credit hours
Legislative and Judicial Foundations of Income Tax
Tax Research and Procedure

Research Component
Select 6 credit hours from the following:
International Taxation
Seminar in Business Tax Planning
Taxation of Corporations
Taxation of Pass-Through Entities
Taxation of Real Estate Transactions
Tax Policy 

Elective Courses
Select 18 credit hours from the following:
Employee Benefit Tax Planning
International Taxation
Seminar in Business Tax Planning
Seminar in Family Financial Planning
Special Tax Topics
State and Local Taxation
Taxation of Corporations
Taxation of Pass-Through Entities
Taxation of Real Estate Transactions
Tax Policy