The goal of the Master of Science in Taxation (MS.Tax) curriculum is to equip students with the essential technical tax, critical thinking, and professional communication 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 ensures that we 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.
Students can complete their MS.Tax degree in two semesters at Gonzaga. MS.Tax, M.Acc, and MBA courses are offered simultaneously in-person and remotely. Students may complete the entire MS.Tax program remotely.
MS.Tax students complete 13 core classes (26 core credits) and 4 elective credits, for a total 30 credits to earn their graduate degree.
Core Curriculum (26 credits)
- Orientation Workshop (required in 1st semester): 0 credits
- Financial Accounting for Income Taxes: 3 credits
- C-Corporation Taxation: 2 credits
- S-Corporation Taxation: 1 credit
- Partnership Taxation: 3 credits
- Taxation of Property Transactions: 3 credits
- State & Local Tax Concepts: 1 credit
- International Taxation: 2 credits
- Income Tax of Estates & Trusts: 1 credit
- Tax Planning for Business Transactions: 3 credits
- Sustainability Accounting: 1 credit
- Professional Ethics: 2 credits
- Tax Research & Practice: 2 credits
In addition to the core courses outlined above, students choose one of the following options:
- Power Query/Power Pivot: 2 credits
- Data Analysis for Accountants: 2 credits
Electives (4 credits)
Wealth Transfer Taxation: This course explores the taxation of gratuitous transfers of wealth during life and at death, including the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes.
Tax-Exempt Organizations: This course explores the requirements under the Internal Revenue Code and Regulations of various tax-exempt organizations and related compliance obligations with a particular focus on advising tax-exempt clients.
Taxation of Farming Income
MS.Tax students may take electives from the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs to meet their personal and professional goals.