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    Jun 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

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 top global firms regularly hire GGU graduates and 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 understanding 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 peers. This 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 schedule that gets around tax busy seasons. The full-time 100 Jobs for 100 Students Program guarantees students a job offer within 6 months of graduation. This online program is delivered primarily through web-conference (live classroom interaction) and begins in July each year.

The school also offers graduate certificates in estate planning, taxation, advanced taxation, state and local tax, and international taxation. Students have the opportunity to take courses in data analytics for tax, automation and innovative technologies, and emerging technology. Courses in these online programs are well-designed and highly interactive. 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 contact the Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation:

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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