Master of Science in Taxation, College of Business and Economics

California State University, East Bay offers a Masters of Science in Taxation directed towards the tax professional. Graduates of the program are employed in public accounting, private industry, and government agencies.

Courses in the program focus on the fundamental principles of taxation governing sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, estates, and trusts. Most courses cover domestic U.S. Federal Taxation, but courses are also offered in State Income Taxation and International Taxation. The principle teaching technique is one of practical problem solving with student participation.

Developing the student’s knowledge of fundamental substantive tax law is only part of the program’s mission; equal importance is placed on teaching the process of researching tax questions, contemplating alternative solutions, and interpreting the intricate and voluminous body of tax literature. Students are required to demonstrate their skills in understanding the Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations, and judicial decisions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes for the MS in Taxation are as follows:

  • Professional Ethics: Each student can analyze a tax controversy that involves an ethical dilemma invoking potential tax penalties and relevant codes of professional conduct. Each student can choose and defend a reasonable solution.
  • Corporate Tax Expertise: Each student can analyze a complex corporate tax situation, identify the pertinent tax issues, and appropriately apply the law.
  • Partnership Tax Expertise: Each student can analyze a complex partnership tax situation, identify the pertinent tax issues, and appropriately apply the law.
  • Research and Problem Solving: Each student can efficiently and effectively research and resolve--using electronic research resources—a complex tax issue involving an unfamiliar tax subject.

Contact Information

Department of Accounting and Finance
College of Business and Economics
California State University, East Bay
Valley Business and Technology Center, Room 345
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542-3095
Tel: 510 885-2922
Dr. Gary McBride, Graduate Advisor
e-mail: gary.mcbride@csueastbay.edu

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