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Earn Your Master’s in Taxation | 100% Online

Designed to Empower Exceptional Tax Professionals

Master of Science in Taxation (MST)

The Master of Science in Taxation stresses real-world skills that empower students to be exceptional tax professionals. Many of the “Big Four” firms hire GGU graduates and send their employees to GGU to update their tax education.

Courses are taught by tax practitioners and lawyers who are experts in their field — in an environment that promotes the development of analytic and communication skills. The curriculum spans estate and gift tax; partnerships; C corporations; LLCs and S corporations; California and multi-state tax; international tax; retirement plans; tax issues for individuals; and tax research. Students can choose to complete a Technology and Analytics Concentration, which is designed for accounting and tax professionals who seek to use analytics to improve strategic planning and decision-making.

GGU provides the option for a self-paced online format or in-person as part of an accelerated MST cohort format.

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Program Overview

100% Online

30 Credits

No GRE/GMAT Required

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Earn a Top-Ranked MS in Taxation Degree

GGU is ranked among the best Master’s in Taxation programs in the U.S. by College Choice, College Factual, Forbes Advisor, and more.

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Learn from Experienced Tax Practitioners

Courses are taught by expert tax practitioners and lawyers, and our curriculum covers a greater variety of tax courses than any other university in the nation.

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Designed for the Working Professional

Complete your degree 100% online and learn on your schedule with 3 start terms per year and 15-week courses. No GMAT/GRE required for admission.

Discover New Career Opportunities

Experienced, effective tax professionals are in high demand across all industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will be over 120,000 new tax jobs per year, on average, over the next decade.

Along with opportunities for career growth, earning your MS in Taxation can significantly increase your salary potential. The average salary for a Master’s in Taxation graduate is estimated to be $37,000 more than that of someone with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Taxation, according to Payscale.

GGU MST Alumni are prepared for a variety of tax careers including the Big Four, Global Six, major regional and local firms, or in private industry. Our graduates are in leadership positions in many of these firms and in major technology companies in the Bay Area and worldwide.

Common career paths for MS in Taxation graduates include:

  • Tax Manager
  • Tax Director
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Tax Consultant
  • Tax Attorney
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Eric Lee, MS Taxation Graduate

I started my education at GGU in the evenings, walking the short distance from KPMG’s office to campus. I quickly realized that the classroom experience was like no other I had ever had. The courses were led by faculty with substantial academic and real-world experience.

Why Choose GGU?

Industry-Experienced Faculty

At GGU, 80% of our faculty are scholar practitioners who currently work in the fields they teach. You’ll learn directly from experts who can share valuable insights into what today’s employers are looking for.

Small Class Sizes

With an average class size of 17 students, you’ll get a more personalized experience at GGU. Here, you’ll be able to collaborate with classmates and form lasting connections with your professors.

Flexible Lifestyle

We offer online and hybrid degree programs that are designed for busy adults. With 3 start terms per year and convenient 15-week courses, you’ll be able to manage your schedule the way you want while you balance school with work, family, and life.

World-Class Education

We’re committed to providing adult learners with the best education available. Our programs are accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and GGU is consistently ranked as a top university for working professionals.

About Golden Gate University

At GGU, our mission is to help you build a brighter foundation for your future through higher education. As one of California’s oldest private and nonprofit universities, Golden Gate University has been focused on providing practical, career-focused degrees to working adults since 1901.

Over the past 25+ years, we’ve evolved to meet the needs of nontraditional students by offering flexible online and hybrid programs in the growing fields of business, finance, law, technology, taxation, and accounting.

Our location in the heart of San Francisco’s high-tech and financial district provides you with access to some of the world’s biggest companies — even as an online or hybrid student. Whether you’re ready to finish your degree, make a career change, qualify for a new job, or simply set yourself up for future success, Golden Gate University is here to help you make your goals a reality.

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