MST - Open University

You don’t have to be enrolled in an SJSU program to take a class. Open University allows any qualified students to participate, as long as space is available.

Under this system, if you are approved through our pre-screening process, you attend the first night of class and if there is room, the instructor will admit you to the class. You then pay your fees and take the class for a grade. Some students find this approach beneficial if they want to get a better sense of the time commitment or want to start taking classes while their application to the program is being evaluated.

This program is perfect if you want to take just one MST course for CPA continuing education requirements, for example; or if you are working on the Advanced Certificate in Taxation; or if you would like to start with an introductory MST class to determine if you want to enroll in the MST program.

If you do decide to apply for the MST, you can apply nine Open University classes toward your degree.

Please note: The capstone classes BUS 223D, BUS 223E and BUS 223H may not be taken through Open University unless you are enrolled in the Advanced Certificate Program.

If you have been denied admission to any SJSU graduate program, you are not eligible to take graduate courses at SJSU via Open University.

MS Taxation courses cost $645 per unit, or $1,935 per three-unit course.

To sign up for an MST course through Open University, please follow the steps below.

In order to take MST classes through Open University, you must:

  • have a U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university

  • have completed an intermediate accounting and an introductory tax course

  • have satisfied the appropriate prerequisites for the class you wish to take.

You may not take classes in the M.S. Taxation program through Open University if you have previously been denied admission to an SJSU graduate program. To register for an MST Open University course you must complete the following steps:

Pre-Enrollment Instructions*:

  1. View the upcoming schedule.

  2. Submit the pre-screening form at least one week before the class you wish to take starts. The pre-screening form can be found here: Pre-Screening Form

  3. Once your Pre-Screening form has been evaluated, you will be notified of the results. If you are notified that you are eligible, please continue to Registration Instructions.

*If you have an MST degree from SJSU, you do not need to complete the Pre-Screening process; however, please contact either Catherine Dougherty or Annette Nellen to let us know which course you are interested in taking and we will notify the instructor that you meet the qualifications.

Registration Instructions:

  1. Complete the registration form: (separate form for each class) and bring it with you to the first class meeting. If the instructor permits you to add the class, he or she will sign and collect the form. There is NO PRE-REGISTRATION. You must attend the first day. You will notice that this form repeats many of the questions you were asked during pre-screening. The reason for this is that this form will be processed by another office that requires a standardized form. We apologize for the repetitive work and appreciate your cooperation.

  2. Forms will be screened by the Lucas Graduate School of Business and forwarded to the Registrar's Office.

  3. You will be notified by email when you are officially registered in the course and given your SJSU ID number, as well as the due date for the tuition fee.

  4. Pay the tuition fee. The tuition fee is $1,935 per three unit class ($645 per unit). 

  5. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Contact Information:
Catherine Dougherty
Program Coordinator 
Phone: (408) 924-3420 
Fax: (408) 924-3426 

Professor Annette Nellen
Program Director/Faculty Advisor 
Phone: (408) 924-3508 
Fax: (408) 924-3463 

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