Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation


Program Description

Program Information

The Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation prepares students for careers in accounting and taxation. The program focuses on advanced technical competence in accounting and/or taxation, the effective use of technology in research and practice, effective communications with clients and other stakeholders, ethical responsibilities, and the development of life-long learning skills to maintain professional competence.

Students may select either an accounting or tax track.

The accounting track includes courses in accounting theory, international accounting, and accounting information systems. The tax track includes coverage of entity taxation, international taxation, tax research, and the taxation of estate and gifts.

The accounting and taxation program consists of 30 graduate credit hours. Of the 30 hours, 18 must be completed in the field of accounting and taxation. The remaining 12 hours must be completed in graduate business courses other than accounting and taxation, with at least 6 hours in the same field.


We will develop professional accountants possessing technological skills to become productive members of decision-making teams, with the ability to meet the needs of stakeholders in a high-tech, global environment. We achieve this by emphasizing the development of accounting skills within a business context and through the integration of technology skills throughout the accounting curriculum.

Learning Objectives

  • To provide students with current and in-depth knowledge of professional accounting standard and theories and their application within the context of business processes.
  • To help students understand the need to present reliable and relevant
    information to users in a style and manner that facilitates understanding and that focuses attention on critical issues and key facts.

Additional admission requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants to the master's program in accounting and taxation must meet the following criteria:

  • Earned 18 credit hours of upper division accounting courses, and
  • 27 credit hours of general business courses, with at least 12 credit hours at the upper division.
Last updated January 2018

About the School

The Lutgert College of Business completed the first decade in the history of Florida Gulf Coast University, it's an exciting time in the life of our college. We continue to move forward with the desig ... Read More

The Lutgert College of Business completed the first decade in the history of Florida Gulf Coast University, it's an exciting time in the life of our college. We continue to move forward with the design and construction of Lutgert Hall, the future home of the College of Business. We are forging important academic and business community relationships at the local, regional, and international level that exposes our students, faculty, and staff to contemporary business practices across different economies and cultures. Most importantly, we continue to attract high-quality faculty dedicated to teaching and scholarship that highlight vibrant, relevant business education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our accreditation by AACSB International, the "gold standard" for U.S. business schools, assures current and future students of our commitment to providing a quality business educational experience that will serve them well in the 21st-century global economic environment. We are energized by the opportunity to enhance the professional workforce for Southwest Florida, and beyond. Mission The Florida Gulf Coast University Lutgert College of Business is dedicated to providing technologically progressive educational programs and services designed to enhance the skills and competencies of university students and working professionals in the five-county region of Southwest Florida. We achieve this through a variety of flexible partnerships, programs, and scholarship within a 'second circle' international partnership model that bridges the university and the domestic and international community in a technologically advanced and rapidly changing global economy. Vision The Lutgert College of Business will help set new standards of excellence with its academic programs, faculty accomplishments, and student success, while continuously reflecting the dynamic environment of modern business opportunities. The college's model of partnership with its external business constituents will be a national benchmark that will constantly bring powerful new knowledge into our undergraduate and graduate learning. The college will be an international leader in innovative ways of integrating technology and global awareness into the business education experience. Read less