Nov 15, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog

Taxation, MS

Program Information

The Master of Science in Taxation degree program at Golden Gate University is one of the finest tax programs in the nation. Our curriculum consists of approximately 30 courses covering general and specialized tax subjects such as estate and gift tax, partnerships, C corporations, LLCs and S corporations, California and multi-state tax, international tax, retirement plans, tax issues for individuals, and tax research. One way to obtain a GGU MS in taxation is through our full-time cohort program, which commences in late July, enabling students to earn the MS degree in only nine months by attending intensive day classes in San Francisco. All classes are taught by expert tax accountants and tax lawyers. The program typically culminates with a tax-season internship for eligible students. For those who prefer to study part time, GGU offers convenient evening classes in San Francisco and Seattle so students can earn their degrees at their own pace. In addition, students can opt to complete the MS in taxation through our fully accredited program online.

The Tax and Accounting Career Fair is held late in September, at which public accounting firms, government agencies and corporations meet and hire Golden Gate University students.  Internship opportunities may be available for eligible students for up to six units of elective credit.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to identify tax issues, determine the applicable relevant primary authority, analyze relevant primary authority and apply the authorities to reach well-reasoned oral or written conclusions.
  • Graduates will demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of IRS practice and procedure and be able to represent a client in a tax controversy.
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the ethics and standards of professional responsibilities applicable to tax practitioners.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Taxation

The MS degree in taxation requires completion of 30 semester units. Please refer to the Required Academic Progress and GPA Requirements  for Graduation for Graduate Students.

All applicants should have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.00 grade-point average (GPA). Individuals with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00 are welcome to apply and will be considered for admission based on employment history, professional accomplishments, recommendations, etc. Certificate and open enrollment students must meet the same standards and prerequisites that apply to degree candidates.

Business Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to this program are required to possess an understanding of U.S. business practices equivalent to BUS 201 Economic and Regulatory Essentials of U.S. Business . This requirement must be completed in your first term, and you must have completed this requirement no later than your first nine units at GGU. A grade of C- or better is required for BUS 201 . However, graduate students must maintain a 3.00 (B) cumulative grade point average to remain in good standing.

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to the master of science in taxation program must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement within the first nine units of the program by successfully passing the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam or by completing ENGL 201 Graduate Writing , with a grade of B or better. Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria. For further information, refer to our website.

Advanced Program - 30 units

Electives - 9 units

It is highly recommended that students take TA 356 Choice of Entity (3) . If eligible, students may take TA 398 Internship: Taxation (3-6) .**

**Up to 6 units of course credit may be obtained through internship experience. Eligibility is determined by the Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation. Please see Internship Eligibility for more information.

Students transferring credit from accredited law schools, colleges, and universities may be granted as many as 6 units of credit toward the Master of Science in Taxation requirements for graduate tax courses successfully completed at those institutions.