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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation

A Master of Science in Taxation is a valued asset in today’s job market that often results in higher starting salaries. 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. All of 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.

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.  

Since many of our students are already tax practitioners, our programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals seeking to improve their careers and their lives. 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.

The Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation offers a Master of Science in Taxation that can be accomplished on full-time, part-time or a nine-month full-time day cohort schedule. The full-time day cohort is offered in person at our San Francisco campus and begins in late July each year.

The school also offers graduate certificates in estate planning, taxation, advanced taxation, state and local tax, and international taxation. These programs are offered in-person at our San Francisco and Seattle campuses. Our courses are also offered online, with live classroom interaction via videoconference in many courses. GGU also offers an LLM in taxation and LLM in Estate Planning through the School of Law. For more information, refer to “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
  • Continuing education credit for attorneys, CPAs, and EAs
  • Tax season internship opportunities in our full-time program

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, Room 5314
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
Phone: 415-442-7880
Fax: 415-543-2607



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