Program Overview

The Master of Science in Taxation (MST) is a 30-semester-hour program designed for individuals who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of tax law and practice. This program will equip students with the necessary advanced knowledge as well as analytical and communication skills to be competent and ethical leaders in the tax profession. The MST core curriculum covers the technical aspects of corporate, partnership, and individual taxation, as well as the technologies and analytics techniques widely used in the tax profession. The program will also discuss ethical issues with the goal of making the tax system more equitable for current and future generations.

For students with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, economics, computer science, or mathematics, when combined with program prerequisites, this program meets the 150-hour California requirements for CPA licensure. For students holding a bachelor’s degree in other disciplines, additional coursework may be required to meet the requirements. The program has made no determination as to whether meeting California’s licensure requirements is sufficient for licensure in other states.

Graduate Program Policies

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Program Prerequisites

  • A bachelor’s degree, or the international equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, in any discipline from an accredited institution
  • Completion of the following accounting subjects:
    • Financial Accounting
    • Intermediate Accounting1
    • Taxation1

May be completed at LMU as additional semester hours required for the MST program.