The accounting department at Boise State University started its Master of Science in Accountancy - Taxation degree program in the fall semester of 1996. The program is designed to prepare students for employment as tax professionals in public accounting, private industry and government and to provide focused tax education. Accordingly, required courses outside of taxation are held to a minimum.
The objectives of this program include both development of a conceptual understanding of taxation and its policy objectives and development of rigorous technical competency in application of the law. The courses of the MS in Accountancy - Taxation degree program may be used to satisfy education requirements to sit for professional examinations such as that for the CPA designation.
This program is well suited for undergraduate students in business that want to become qualified to sit for the CPA exam in a state that has adopted the 150 hour education requirement. Prerequisites for this program are contingent on the applicant's background in accounting.