MS.Tax Student Learning Outcomes

MS.Tax Student Learning Outcomes 

1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the tax law and its application to facts and circumstances in the foundational areas of the federal taxation in the U.S.

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to recognize issues and apply rules concerning the federal income taxation of partnerships.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to recognize issues and apply rules concerning the federal income taxation of corporations.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to recognize issues and apply rules concerning the taxation of international transactions and concepts in state and local taxation.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to recognize issues and apply rules concerning the federal taxation of property transactions.

2. Students will demonstrate the ability to research issues in federal taxation and effectively communicate findings to the appropriate audience.  

  • Students will analyze the relevant law by utilizing tools provided by subscription research services, library resources and free information issued by the government or other credible sources.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to draft the results of their research through memoranda, letters, email and other written correspondence in a concise, structured manner to other professionals or clients with varying levels of tax sophistication.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to convey technical tax topics through public speaking presentations.

3. Students will exhibit an understanding of the ethical framework for tax accountants working in a professional environment.

  • Students will be able to identify the relevant ethical issues in a business situation.
  • Students will be able to identify alternate possible decisions and respective impacts.
  • Students will be able to judge the ethical merits of possible decisions using relevant ethical principles and perspectives.
  • Students will be able to offer an ethically informed and justified solution to business problems.

4. Students will demonstrate preparedness for entering the profession through success on the CPA Exam and through success in the placement process.

  • Students’ performance on the CPA Exam will place Gonzaga in the top 1/3 of “large accounting programs” in the country.
  • At least 90% of students will be placed within six months of graduation.