Walsh College

Master of Science in Taxation


Master of Science in Taxation

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.

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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
Lear Corporation

"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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