Master of Science in Taxation (MST)
Our Master of Science in Taxation (MST) program is for tax professionals interested in gaining comprehensive and practical knowledge of tax law, tax accounting, tax research, as well as tax methodology and procedures.
Our program is among the most respected in the nation for its preparation of tax professionals. Our tax library is among the finest in Michigan, with a specialized collection that makes tax research as easy and as convenient as possible.
You may specialize in financial and estate planning, corporate tax, small business taxation or elect not to specialize at all. You can choose from more than 12 different electives.The MST curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure our students are receiving relevant, updated information that creates marketable skills in a fast-paced business environment
MASTER OF TAXATION PROGRAM FORMAT
Depending on your prior business coursework, you must complete 13 to 14 courses, totaling 36 to 39 semester credit hours to earn a MST degree.
New students without an introductory tax course at the undergraduate level are required to take a three-credit-hour foundation course, TAX 593.
Advanced standing credit, not to exceed 12 semester credit hours, may be awarded toward the MST degree for equivalent graduate course work completed at another institution. You must take at least 24 credit hours as a Walsh student.
Foundation Courses (if required)
- TAX 593 Introduction to Tax and Business Taxation I
Tax Skills Courses
- TAX 599 Introduction to Tax Research
- TAX 500 Advanced Tax Research Writing and Citation Methodology
- TAX 501 The Role of Legal Authorities in Taxation
Fundamental Core Courses
- TAX 507 Tax Accounting
- TAX 509 Sales and Exchanges of Property
Advanced Core Courses
- TAX 510 Basic Concepts in Corporate Taxation
- TAX 531 Partnership and LLC Taxation
- TAX 545 Tax Ethics, Tax Penalties, and the Law of Tax Return Preparation
Independent Research Courses
- TAX 570 Tax Research Paper (Basic)
- TAX 571 Tax Research Paper (Advanced)
- TAX 575 Comprehensive Seminar
Required Electives / Specializations
Nine (9) credits of electives are required and may be applied towards one of the following specializations:
- Tax Aspects of Financial and Estate Planning
- Taxation of Corporations
- Taxation of Small Businesses and Their Owners
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT
Taxes are one of the certainties of life. As long as the government continues to collect taxes, there will be a need for tax professionals. Public accounting, consulting, financial institutions, law firms, and corporations recruit MST graduates. Attorneys and CPAs may find that the MST credential furthers their careers.
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