Our Master of Science in Taxation (MST) program is for tax professionals interested in gaining comprehensive and practical knowledge of tax law, tax accounting, tax research, as well as tax methodology and procedures.
Our program is among the most respected in the nation for its preparation of tax professionals. Our tax library is among the finest in Michigan, with a specialized collection that makes tax research as easy and as convenient as possible.
You may specialize in financial and estate planning, corporate tax, small business taxation or elect not to specialize at all. You can choose from more than 12 different electives.The MST curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure our students are receiving relevant, updated information that creates marketable skills in a fast-paced business environment.
Master of Taxation Program Format
Depending on your prior business coursework, you must complete 13 to 14 courses, totaling 36 to 39 semester credit hours to earn a MST degree.
New students without an introductory tax course at the undergraduate level are required to take a three-credit-hour foundation course, TAX 593.
Advanced standing credit, not to exceed 12 semester credit hours, may be awarded toward the MST degree for equivalent graduate course work completed at another institution. You must take at least 24 credit hours as a Walsh student.
| Foundation Courses (if required)
TAX 593 Introduction to Tax and Business Taxation I
| Tax Skills Courses
TAX 599 Introduction to Tax Research
TAX 500 Advanced Tax Research Writing and Citation Methodology
TAX 501 The Role of Legal Authorities in Taxation
| Fundamental Core Courses
TAX 507 Tax Accounting
TAX 509 Sales and Exchanges of Property
| Advanced Core Courses
TAX 510 Basic Concepts in Corporate Taxation
TAX 531 Partnership and LLC Taxation
TAX 545 Tax Ethics, Tax Penalties, and the Law of Tax Return Preparation
| Independent Research Courses
TAX 570 Tax Research Paper (Basic)
TAX 571 Tax Research Paper (Advanced)
| Comprehensive Seminar
TAX 575 Comprehensive Seminar
Required Electives / Specializations
Nine (9) credits of electives are required and may be applied towards one of the following specializations:
- Tax Aspects of Financial and Estate Planning
- Taxation of Corporations
- Taxation of Small Businesses and Their Owners
Meet Walsh College Tax Faculty.
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Opportunities for Career Advancement
Taxes are one of the certainties of life. As long as the government continues to collect taxes, there will be a need for tax professionals. Public accounting, consulting, financial institutions, law firms, and corporations recruit MST graduates. Attorneys and CPAs may find that the MST credential furthers their careers.
Walsh College Alumni
Jeffrey Littmann, BAC '77 & MST '81
Chief Financial Officer
Buffalo Bills and Ralph Wilson Enterprises
"Walsh provided an excellent education for working stiffs like me, I didn't need fluff and extracurricular activities. I was looking for tools and actionable information that I could turn into a career advantage."
James L. Murawski, MST '82
Vice President, Information Technology and Business Processes
"Do not minimize the importance of competency in your chosen field to study. It is expected by employers and the 'ticket to the game' as you begin a professional career. But it will be your integrity, commitment, passion, energy, and enthusiasm that will distinguish you from your peers and provide you a springboard to important leadership positions in the future."
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