MST Curriculum

Given its location in the innovative and global high technology environment of Silicon Valley, SJSU's MST program has many courses focused on the issues and transactions of high technology companies. Yet, the program also offers a wide selection of courses to benefit students interested in tax compliance and planning for individuals and businesses outside of the high tech sector as well.

Earning your MST degree requires completion of 30 units. All courses can be in tax or you may replace up to two with other approved graduate business courses. Instead of a master thesis requirement, the MST program includes an individual project in the capstone MST course (Bus 223H).

Required courses (12 units):

Course Number/Course Name

*Must be taken first term.

Complete 18 units from:

(At least one elective must be a multijurisdictional  course (BUS 225C, BUS 225D, BUS 225F, BUS 225M, BUS 225P, BUS 225U, BUS 225W, or BUS 225X). Also, at least one must be an entities course (BUS 223B, BUS 225B, BUS 225G, or BUS 225S) 

Course Number/Course Name

Students entering before Fall 2013 should access this document (Doc).

The program is designed to enable students to study either part-time or full-time.

Classes are offered over shortened semesters (8-10 weeks) so as to not conflict with busy tax season times. Fall semester begins after September 15. Spring semester consists of two sessions: "Early" in January and February and "Late" starting after April 15 and running until mid-June. Summer semester begins in mid-June and ends in mid-August. Classes meet in the evenings and occasionally on Saturday mornings.

Classes are held at the Lucas Business Complex located at 2933 Bunker Hill Lane, Suite 120, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

Students in the program have access to RIA and CCH online tax research tools, as well as BNA Portfolios.