Master of Science in Taxation


Program Description

The mark of a good tax practitioner is the ability to analyze a tax problem, identify the tax issue(s), and through analysis and research, arrive at the appropriate course of action. Grand Valley's Master of Science in Taxation Program instills and enhances these skills through an intensive professional, practice-oriented study of research procedures, legal analysis and substantive tax law.

The Seidman MST was created in response to needs expressed by accountants, attorneys, industrial personnel, government auditors, and other skilled tax professionals. These needs are highlighted by the increasingly complex nature of our tax laws.

The MST program is highly flexible and offers students an extensive selection of courses, including coverage of corporations, partnerships, estates, gifts and trusts, property transactions, employee benefit plans and deferred compensation, state and local taxation, and international taxation. The final course before graduation (Taxation Problems, Planning, and Current Issues) is designed to integrate knowledge acquired in prior courses.

The MST faculty is composed of experts who combine strong academic backgrounds with practical experience, providing students with the real essence of tax practice. The program is designed to provide students with the equivalent of three to five years of tax experience in a sophisticated tax environment.

The MST program is regularly evaluated in order to keep up with the dynamic changes in the tax profession. Relatively small classes ensure a high level of interaction among students and faculty in a stimulating classroom environment. If you are interested in becoming a tax specialist, the Master of Science in Taxation Program offers you an intensive, concentrated learning experience that will expose you to the essential aspects of taxation and permit an in-depth exploration in areas of special interest to you.

Last updated Jan 2018

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Seidman is the dynamic growing business school located in the heart of greater Grand Rapids business community. The 68 full-time Ph.D. faculty are dedicated to helping our students and our business pa ... Read More

Seidman is the dynamic growing business school located in the heart of greater Grand Rapids business community. The 68 full-time Ph.D. faculty are dedicated to helping our students and our business partners grow and prosper. At Seidman, the focus is on the future. The changing technology of the 21st century is embraced in our classrooms. The faculty prepares our students for their place in the global business environment. You may be looking at this page as an undergraduate or graduate student or you may be one of the business leaders seeking the expertise of our faculty or our business resources. Local, national and international companies engage the Seidman faculty in consulting services because more than 90% hold doctoral degrees and their research appears in leading business journals, magazines, seminars and trade publications. Faculty in business look to the future when they teach business, provide assistance, and develop research. Committed to serving the needs of the business community by providing information services, the Small Business & Technology Development Center, customized research, and no cost one-time business counseling. Support is also provided through seminars and by programs based in the Centers for Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship, and Family Business. Vision Statement To become known as a preferred source of graduates educated to apply a creative, integrated, and cross-disciplinary approach to business. Mission Statement The Seidman College of Business provides a rigorous learning environment, with a student focus, a regional commitment, and a global perspective. In its teaching, scholarship, and service activities the College innovates applies knowledge and integrates concepts. Read less