Prospective MST Students

Best Online-Accounting-DegreeHaving “MST” after your name is a high distinction in the tax world. It indicates that you are well versed in the area of taxation, skilled at tax research and able to deal intelligently with the complexity of today’s tax rules.

MST is a 30 unit program which allows you to enroll full-time and complete the degree in 12 months or part-time and be finished in 24­‑36 months. And talk about flexible: Our classes are scheduled to work around the busy tax season.

Classes meet one evening per week and occasional Saturdays at the Lucas Business Complex in nearby Santa Clara. The program includes some online courses, as well. Courses are offered in 8-10 week accelerated sessions.

The tuition for the 2017/2018 academic year is $645 per unit.  The total cost for the 30 unit program is $19,350.

Interested in taking a class without formal admission? Then head over to our Open University page for more information.

Check out our videos about our MST program, the 150 hour requirement to become a CPA, and what it takes to have a successful career in taxation here.  

We also have student interviews of some of our MST alums posted
here to help you learn more about our program and what successful tax professionals do.   There is also information available from the AICPA on CPA career paths.

Please see below for all of the essential information and refer to our MST FAQ for more detailed info.

 Information Sessions      Admission Requirements       Apply      Application Deadlines   

 Information Sessions

We welcome you to attend our MST Information Sessions, held periodically in the fall and early spring.

These gatherings are an ideal opportunity to hear specific details about our MST program, meet the MST Director Annette Nellen and ask questions. Check our Events page for dates and registration. You can also meet some of our MST faculty.

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  Admission Requirements

Admission to the MST program is offered each fall and spring semester. Admission requirements include:

• Four-year bachelors degree (any major) from an accredited U.S. college or university or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution outside the United States.

  • 3.0 grade point average (last 60 semester/90 quarter units)

• GMAT or GRE: Scores at the 50th percentile in both the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam. Or, we will accept an LSAT with a minimum score of 145. The testing requirement is waived if you have passed the CPA exam in the United States.

• English Language Proficiency exam may be required if you have earned your degree outside the United States. You may select one of these exams:

TOEFL score of 80 or higher (IBT)

IELTS score of 6.5 or higher 

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

See the MST FAQ for detailed information on admission requirements, English language proficiency and more.

MST Prerequisite Courses

If you have earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from an institution in the United States, then you have completed all the prerequisite courses for the MST program. If you have earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from an institution outside of the United States, you will still need to complete a course in Tax (comparable to Tax Factors of Business and Investment Decisions) in an institution located in the United States.

If you have not earned an accounting undergraduate degree, you will need to complete the following undergraduate courses (or equivalent) prior to admission. We’ve included the course numbers in parenthesis in case you’d like to take them at SJSU:

•    Financial Accounting (BUS1 020)

•    Managerial Accounting (BUS1 021)

•    Intermediate Accounting I (BUS1 121A)

•    Intermediate Accounting II (BUS1 121B)

•    Tax Factors of Business and Investment Decisions (BUS1 123A) – a comparable course must be completed at an institution located in the United States.

We recommend you take these courses prior to beginning our program:

•    Business Law (BUS3 080)

•    Computer Tools for Business (BUS4 091L)

•    Fundamentals of Finance (BUS1 170)

You can fulfill these requirements at a community college, as well. Our Acceptable Classes list shows comparable courses at local community colleges that will fulfill the above requirements.

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The MS in Tax offers admission twice a year, in fall and in spring. Spring applications open August 1st and fall applications open October 1st. For your convenience, please use the tailored step-by-step application and document submission instructions. These include the guidelines for your personal statement, letters of reference and exam scores Choose the link below that applies to you:

Domestic Applicants

International Applicants

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 Application Deadlines





MS Taxation

August 1, 2017 – October 1, 2017

October 20, 2017

MS Taxation


August 1, 2017 – October 1, 2017

October 20, 2017






MS Taxation

October 1, 2017  – April 1, 2018

April 20, 2018

MS Taxation

October 1, 2017 – March 1, 2018

March 20, 2018


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