The Master of Science in Taxation (MST) is a 10-course, 30-credit program comprised of seven required taxation courses and three tax/accounting electives.
This program is designed for professional accountants, attorneys and business professionals who wish to acquire expertise in taxation and obtain a graduate degree in the field.
This program can also supplement an undergraduate degree in Public Accounting to meet the 150-credit-hour educational requirement for the New York State CPA examination. However, since undergraduate accounting programs vary greatly across the country and the world, students should visit http://www.nasba.org/ in order to determine whether this program in conjunction with the baccalaureate degree in accounting would qualify them for the New York State CPA examination. There is a minimum residency requirement of 30 credits (10 courses).
Required Courses (seven courses, 21 credits)
- TX 7001 Corporate Taxation
- TX 7010 Federal Research and Procedure
- TX 7015 Partnerships
- TX 7020 Estate and Gift Taxation
- TX 7045 International Corporate Taxation
- TX 7065 Current Law and Regulation Changes in Taxation
- TX 7041 Research Seminar
Taxation/Accounting Electives(three courses, 9 credits)
These electives can be any tax course offered in addition to the required courses or any advanced-level accounting course except for AC 6111 Fundamentals of Accounting, AC 7105 Financial Accounting, and AC 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation.
Based on feedback from accounting partners and executives, as well as recent alumni, we have added prerequisites to the MST curriculum.
Degree candidates who have not had any professional training or academic coursework using basic U.S. tax concepts—for example, those who have not taken an U.S. Internal Revenue (IRC) based tax course in their undergraduate studies—are required to take:
AC 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation (3 credits) Degree candidates whose native language is not English and who have not completed the full four years of an undergraduate program in the United States or United Kingdom are required to take:
MS 809A Advanced Presentations and Public Speaking (1.5 credits) MS 809B Advanced Corporate Communications for Accounting and Taxation Professionals (1.5 credits) Individual and Business Entity Taxation and both 1.5-credit courses are required to be taken during the first semester. Though this increases the number of credits and courses required for the MS degree, these courses add significant value.
For students who are required to take the Individual and Business Entity Taxation class, the program is 33 credits.
For students who are required to take the two advanced communications mini-courses, the program is 33 credits.
For students who are required to take Individual and Business Entity Taxation and the two advanced communications mini-courses, the program is 36 credits.
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