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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Taxation, M.S.

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(30 UNITS)

The curriculum for a master’s degree in taxation is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in business administration or accounting. In addition to nine units of required tax courses, students must complete 12 units of tax electives, six units in an area other than accounting and a terminal research-project course. Students not holding an undergraduate degree in accounting or business will have to satisfy additional requirements as described below in the Curriculum section.

Most graduate courses in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics require “classified MCBE status” and are open only to students with classified standing in the MBA, M.S. in Accountancy, M.S. in Taxation, M.S. in Information Systems or M.A. in Economics programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive. Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants will be evaluated based on the following:

  1. While the GMAT or GRE is not required, it is strongly recommended for applicants with GPAs under a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. The GMAT/GRE may be waived for applicants with relevant work experience;
  2. a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or in Accounting (equivalent to the degree as offered at CSUF) with at least an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 (“B”) and ACCT 308  (or an equivalent course or work experience). Courses in the major are to be no more than seven years old.

    Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than Business Administration or Accounting may be considered for admission. If admitted, such students will be required to complete additional courses or demonstrate proficiency as described in the next section (Curriculum);
  3. a minimum score of 570 on the paper-based or 88 on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL is required (for international students); and
  4. a recommendation from the MS Taxation Admission Committee based upon a review of the above requirements, the student’s “Statement of Purpose” and prior work experience.

Additional coursework may be required of admitted students who holistically satisfy the criteria but are weak in one of the above areas.

M.S. Taxation Curriculum

Students admitted without a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Accounting will be required to complete ACCT 308  and ACCT 510  either prior to or during their residency at CSUF. These requirements are in addition to the Study Plan as described next.

Study Plan

At least 21 of the 30 units required for the degree must be at the 500 level. A 3.0 (B) GPA is required in study plan courses and over-all applicable coursework. Any study plan course with a grade lower than “C” (2.0) must be repeated with at least a “C” (2.0).

Total Units (30 Units)

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