"The whole MST program is well designed and I feel that I truly learned a lot and found the courses and additional activities such as the personal leadership workshop so useful during my internship."
MST 2011 Graduate

Program Snapshot: 30 units to degree, 10 total courses, $19,350 for degree, night and evening, off campus and Online, accelerated degree, Fall & Spring Admission. (Fees are subject to review & change)

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Department Program website

Our Masters of Science in Taxation (MST) Program serves both working tax professionals and those pursuing a new career in tax. Students may undertake the MST program either full-time or part-time. Our program can enable accounting majors to meet the 150 unit requirement to become a CPA in California.

Our MST program has many unique features that set it apart from other programs. We offer over 20 required and elective courses, we schedule classes so as not to conflict with busy tax season times, we have an advisory board consisting of tax experts from firms and companies in Silicon Valley, and we are accredited by the prestigious AACSB.

We offer many co-curricular opportunities including writing for our student-run, online journal; attending professional meetings; delivering financial literacy workshops in the community; and joining Beta Alpha Psi.

Courses also available to qualified students through Open University prior to formal admission.

Program Features

  1. Personalized Learning
    Numerous electives targeted to professionals working in or pursuing a career serving high tech companies and employees. View curriculum
  2. Outstanding Faculty
    Outstanding faculty with a mix of full-time faculty with years of professional experience in the tax field and part-time faculty currently working in law and CPA firms. View a list of faculty
  3. Wonderful Opportunities
    Wonderful networking opportunities in class and outside of the classroom. Our goal it to provide the highest quality tax education for the Silicon Valley community.

Your Career Opportunities

Working in a CPA firm, usually in the tax department.
Working in their own tax firm.
Working in a corporate tax department.
Working for the IRS, FTB or BOE.

Success Stories

The experience of earning an MST degree and knowledge gained in the program has enabled students to advance in their careers, as well as to start their tax careers.

"The program does demand a lot of time and dedication, but it is worth it. The MST Program is highly regarded in the Silicon Valley and that is how I landed a job at Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP. Professor Nellen and the other professors who teach in the program are well known in the tax community and employers know of the program's rigor." (Jasvir Deol, MST 2013)

"The program provided me with excellent general tax knowledge and the ability to research complex technical issues and express the findings both verbally and in writing. I have been able to combine my MST knowledge together with my work experience to provide a high level of tax consulting for Fortune 500 Companies in Silicon Valley as well as continuing to grow my private tax practice that deals primarily with small businesses." (Tuyet T. Vu, MST 2007)

Applying to the Program

Formal admission is required for the program. You can apply for admission in the fall or spring semester.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree, ideally in accounting (or have completed the required accounting courses).
  • 3.0 GPA in undergrad.
  • Minimum GMAT of 500, GRE of 149, or passed CPA exam.

For more information, please visit the department program website.

For you to participate and receive credit from online classes at San Jose State University, your state of residence must have a reciprocity agreement in place with CSU. This agreement provides online students with consumer protection. For a complete list of participating states and details on the regulation, please visit