MST Critical Steps

Course Sequencing:

The first course you must take in the MST Program is Bus 223A - Tax Research & Decision-making, which is offered every fall and early spring semesters. The capstone course (Bus 223H) does not have to be your last course, but should not be taken before completing your other required courses.

Elective courses tend to be offered about every 2 to 2 1/2 years. The required courses are offered as follows:

Bus. 223A Tax Research & Decision Making - Fall and early Spring semesters
Bus. 223F Tax Accounting Methods/Periods - Late Spring semester
Bus. 223G Taxation of Business Entities - Fall semester
Bus. 223H Tax Policy Capstone - Summer term

For any questions on your schedule or sequencing of courses, please email to MST Program Director Annette Nellen.

Registration Procedures:

  1. If you are a formally admitted student, you will register for classes using MySJSU. You have already been sent a password and access instructions. Get assistance with your ID and Password  MySJSU Tutorials

  2. After you have enrolled, and starting about 3 to 4 weeks before classes begin, check the Schedules & Syllabi webpage for information on textbooks and advance reading for your class.

  3. If you need to drop a course, the refund schedules are posted on the schedule page each semester. Note that for a full refund and for nothing to appear on your records, you must drop any class prior to the first day.

Applying for the Degree:

Once you have completed at least nine letter-graded units at SJSU and any prerequisite courses you are required to take, you should complete a Departmental Request for Candidacy Form.

This form must be submitted to your Program Coordinator by email as a Word attachment no later than the posted document deadlines for the semester related to your graduation date. See dates below.

You must indicate 30 units worth of classes on this form. If you are not sure which classes you will be taking in the future, please enter either "BUS 297D, Special Topics in Business Administration" or simply put the classes you think you may take. During your last semester, your Program Coordinator will review your records and submit course substitution forms to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations office on your behalf.

Once Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations has approved your Candidacy, an approval letter and a copy of your Candidacy form will be emailed to you. This is the only document that you will receive from the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations office indicating your Advancement to Candidacy.  It will also be noted on your MySJSU account.

Award of the Master's Degree:

Completing course requirements in a Master's program at SJSU does not mean that you will automatically be awarded a degree. You will need to initiate the process by completing the Application for Award of Master's Degree Form and submitting this application to the Lucas Graduate School of Business office. You are eligible to file an Application for Award of Degree once you are advanced to Candidacy. Email is preferred (to your program coordinator), but if you fax your form, please be sure you fax it to our office (408/924-3426). This is a different fax number from the number on the form.

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of, and meet, all deadlines for filing paperwork. The Lucas Graduate School of Business office will attempt to assist you, but if you do not file your paperwork by the published deadlines, your graduation may be delayed. Deadlines for filing these forms are as follows:

Filing Deadlines:


Graduation Date




Candidacy Form Due September 1 February 1 March 15
Award of Degree Due February 1 June 1 September 1

While this page summarizes most of the policies and steps that a graduate student must follow to get his/her degree, it does not replace our university catalog which covers them in greater detail. For further information on any of our policies please visit our online catalog which has our SJSU Graduate Policies and Procedures

Please visit the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website to review the steps you must take in order to complete your MST.

You are encouraged to review and understand how these steps affect the attainment of your degree.