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Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation

Golden Gate University has earned a reputation for providing the most comprehensive and applicable tax education available today. GGU’s tax program is the largest and one of the most respected graduate tax programs in the country. The Big Four and Global Six firms hire GGU graduates and most regularly send their employees to GGU to update their tax education. Our offerings are highly focused and prepare students to be knowledgeable tax professionals. Students will gain a thorough and current knowledge of tax law concepts and practices, as well as trends in the discipline in an environment that promotes the development of analytical and communication skills.

Since many of our students are already tax practitioners, our programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals seeking to advance their careers. Our tax courses bring contemporary issues into the classroom, allowing for spirited investigation with their peers. A relevant and practical curriculum combined with hands-on skills training gives students the necessary tools to be an effective leader in this very specialized field.

GGU’s Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation provides one of the most cost-effective sources of high-quality continuing professional education for Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and Enrolled Agents (EAs). Each academic unit equals 15 CPE hours, or 45 hours for the typical three-unit course. For lawyers, MCLE credit may also be earned. The MS in Taxation also fulfills the California State Bar’s educational requirement for Certified Specialists in Taxation Law.  

The Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation offers a Master of Science in Taxation that can be accomplished on a full-time, part-time, or accelerated full-time day cohort schedule. The full-time day cohort is offered in person at our San Francisco campus and through web-conference (live classroom interaction). The daytime program begins in late June each year and can be completed in approximately 10 months.

The school also offers graduate certificates in estate planning, taxation, advanced taxation, state and local tax, and international taxation. Courses in these programs are offered in person at our San Francisco and Seattle campuses, by web-conference (live classroom interaction), or online. GGU also offers an LLM in Taxation and LLM in Estate Planning through the School of Law. For more information, refer to the School of Law .

Relevant Education

Tax courses are consistently updated for recent changes in the tax law.  They are designed to give students the understanding and ability to handle tax planning, compliance, and controversies. Each class melds theory and practical experience by tackling real-world problems through a case study approach. Students learn by applying the Internal Revenue Code and administrative and judicial interpretations to a variety of realistic problem sets.

With a strong set of analytical, logical, and technical skills, combined with a comprehensive understanding of tax theory and concepts, students will be well prepared to tackle today’s ever-changing laws and business environment.


  • Largest tax program in the nation.
  • Faculty are leading tax accountants and tax attorneys.
  • Courses built to fit the demands of career-minded adults.
  • Courses specializing in tax analytics and innovative technologies.
  • Continuing education credit for attorneys, CPAs and EAs.
  • Tax season internship opportunities.


For further information, please call the Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation, or write to:

Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation
Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
Phone: 415-442-7880



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