The goal of the Master of Science in Taxation (MSTax) curriculum is to prepare students with the essential technical tax and professional writing skills to be effective and ethical tax professionals who make a positive impact throughout their careers.
At Gonzaga, we continuously improve the curriculum based on feedback from accounting employers, our alumni network, and our Advisory Board, which is comprised of representatives from leading accounting firms across the United States. Outside input allows us to offer an innovative curriculum, equipping our students with the skills that hiring firms are seeking and positioning our students for success well into their careers. For instance, Amazon Corporate Accounting told us the most important skill to be successful in their company is writing. As a result, we added a professional writing course to elevate our students' writing skills before they launch their careers. We also added the Financial Accounting for Income Taxes course, and most recently incorporated data analytics into our curriculum as a direct result from feedback we received.
All students in the MSTax program complete 15 core classes, for a total of 29 core credits, and two elective credits.
Core Curriculum (29 credits)
- MTax 600: Orientation Workshop (0 credits) required in 1st semester
- MTax 603: Financial Accounting for Income Taxes (3 credits)
- MTax 604: C-Corporate Taxation (2 credits)
- MTax 614: S-Corporate Taxation (1 credit)
- MTax 605: Partnership Taxation (3 credits)
- MTax 606: Wealth Transfer Taxation (2 credits)
- MTax 607: Taxation of Property Transactions (3 credits)
- MTax 608: State & Local Tax Concepts (1 credit)
- MTax 610: International Taxation (2 credits)
- MTax 616: Income Tax of Estates & Trusts (1 credit)
- MTax 620: Tax Planning for Business Transactions (3 credits)
- MTax 621: Tax Periods & Methods (1 credit)
- MTax 661: Professional Writing Workshop (1 credit)
- MTax 664: Professional Ethics (2 credits)
- MTax 667: Tax Research & Practice (2 credits)
In addition to the core courses outlined above, students choose one of the following options:
- MTax 601: Advanced EXCEL (2 credits)
- MTax 611: Intro to Analytics for Accounting (2 credits)
Electives (2 credits)
MTax 613: IRS Practice & Procedure (2 credits)
This course studies a wide range of tax procedure and IRS practice, including an analysis of the laws pertaining to tax procedure and how the IRS interprets and applies those laws. The course will include descriptions of how the IRS operates. Suggested techniques for representing clients before the IRS are also presented.
MTax 685: Federal Tax Clinic (2 credits)
The Federal Tax Clinic course offers students an exciting opportunity to become engaged in federal tax controversies involving the Internal Revenue Service and the US Tax Court. Students represent low-income clients in IRS examination and collection matters, including audits, offers in compromise, penalty abatements, innocent spouse claims, appeals, Tax Court cases, and more. Through case work and clinic experience, students develop and refine skills in client interviewing, negotiation, research, and advocacy. MSTax students work in cooperation with Gonzaga law school students and faculty.
MSTax students may also take electives from the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs to meet their personal and professional goals.