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MST Curriculum

An emphasis on “soft” skills translates into a very solid advantage.

Effective communication. Creative problem-solving. Strategic vision. At the Gabelli School, we believe it takes a lot more than technical prowess to excel in taxation. We teach our students how to become respected leaders in a corporate setting, preparing them for a more challenging and rewarding career trajectory.

Taught by working professionals in the taxation field, the Master of Science in Taxation (MST) curriculum emphasizes up-to-the-minute tax law and trends, giving students experience solving real-world challenges. The 10-course, 30-credit program is comprised of seven required taxation courses and three tax/accounting electives. If you choose the full-time, three-term structure, the curriculum can be completed in just 12 months. You can also focus your studies in areas such as corporate tax, international tax, small business tax, estate tax, or gift tax, by selecting electives relevant to your interests.

Courses

Prerequisites

MST candidates who have not had any professional training or academic coursework using basic U.S. audit or tax concepts (those who have not taken an audit or tax course at a U.S. institution) will have the opportunity to take:

  • AC 7171 Auditing of Accounting Systems I (3 credits)
  • AC 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation (3 credits)

Degree candidates whose native language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate program in the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom will have the opportunity to take:

  • MS 809A Advanced Presentations and Public Speaking (1.5 credits)
  • MS 809B Advanced Corporate Communications for Accounting and Taxation
  • Professionals (1.5 credits)

Please note: AC 7171 Auditing of Accounting Systems I, AC 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation, and both 1.5-credit courses listed above should be taken during the first semester. This increases the number of credits and courses required for the MST degree, but these courses add significant value.

Resulting credit requirements for students in the prerequisite situations described above are as follows:

  • For students who are required to take the Auditing of Accounting Systems I class, the program is 33 credits.
  • For students who are required to take the Individual and Business Entity Taxation class, the program is 33 credits.
  • For students who are required to take the two advanced communications mini-courses, the program is 33 credits.
  • For students who are required to take Auditing of Accounting Systems I and the two advanced communications mini-courses, the program is 36 credits.
  • For students who are required to take Individual and Business Entity Taxation and the two advanced communications mini-courses, the program is 36 credits.
  • For students who are required to take Auditing of Accounting Systems I and Individual and Business Entity Taxation, the program is 36 credits.
  • For students who are required to take Auditing of Accounting Systems I, Individual and Business Entity Taxation, and the two advanced communications mini-courses, the program is 39 credits.

Required Courses
(7 courses, 21 credits)

  • TX 7001 Corporate Taxation
  • TX 7010 Federal Research and Procedure
  • TX 7015 Partnerships
  • TX 7020 Estate and Gift Taxation
  • TX 7045 International Corporate Taxation
  • TX 7065 Current Law and Regulation Changes in Taxation
  • TX 7041 Research Seminar

Taxation/Accounting Electives
(3 courses, 9 credits)

Students can choose any tax course related to their interests, or any advanced-level accounting course except for AC 6111 Fundamentals of Accounting, AC 7105 Financial Accounting, and AC 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation. Having the option to pursue a minor concentration through electives is a feature that sets the Gabelli School’s MST program apart.

For full course listings and descriptions, visit the academic bulletin