Professional Taxation (M.S.)

An emphasis on “soft” skills translates into a very solid advantage.

Effective communication. Creative problem-solving. Strategic vision. At the Gabelli School, we believe it takes a lot more than technical prowess to excel in taxation. We teach our students how to become respected leaders in a corporate setting, preparing them for a more challenging and rewarding career trajectory.

Taught by working professionals in the taxation field, the Master of Science in Professional Taxation (M.S.T.) curriculum emphasizes up-to-the-minute tax law and trends, giving students experience solving real-world challenges. The 10-course, 30-credit program consists of seven required taxation courses and three tax/accounting electives. If you choose the full-time, three-term structure, the curriculum can be completed in just 12 months. You can also create a minor area of concentration, such as corporate tax, international tax, small business tax, estate tax, or gift tax, by selecting electives relevant to your interests.

The M.S.T. has two schedule choices, a one-year, full-time program, or a part-time program spread over a longer time frame, such as two years—ideal for professionals who don’t want to leave their jobs while they pursue the degree.

CPA Certification

The degree can also supplement an undergraduate degree in public accounting, offering an edge over your less specialized peers and helping you to meet the credit requirement to sit for the New York State CPA examination. (Visit the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website to see if the M.S.T., combined with your baccalaureate degree, would satisfy the New York State CPA requirements.)


To learn more about the M.S. in Professional Taxation, visit the Fordham website.

The 10-course, 30-credit program consists of seven required taxation courses and three tax/accounting electives. If you choose the full-time, three-term structure, the curriculum can be completed in just 12 months. You can also create a minor area of concentration, such as corporate tax, international tax, small business tax, estate tax, or gift tax, by selecting electives relevant to your interests.

Prerequisites

Degree candidates who have not had any professional training or academic coursework using basic U.S. tax concepts (for example, those who have not taken an U.S. Internal Revenue-based tax course in their undergraduate studies) will have the opportunity to take ACGB 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation for 3 credits.

Degree candidates whose native language is not English and who have not completed the full four years of an undergraduate program in the United States or United Kingdom will have the opportunity to take MSGB 809A Adv Pres and Public Speaking and MSGB 809B Advanced Corporate Communications, each for 1.5 credits.

Depending on past professional training or academic coursework, the following prerequisite courses may also be required, in addition to those listed above:

These 3 credit and 1.5 credit courses should be taken, as needed, during the first semester. Though this increases the number of credits and courses required for the M.S. degree, these courses add significant value.

Curriculum

Students pursuing the M.S. in Professional Taxation may also pursue one of the two tracks listed below. Each curriculum exists either as a freestanding certificate program or as a track for students in the M.S. in Professional Taxation program. The curricula may be taken entirely as overlap with the M.S. in Professional Taxation, so it is possible to complete the program with one of the tracks below without taking any additional coursework.

The two tracks are:

Course Title Credits
TXGB 7001Corporate Taxation3
TXGB 7010Federal Research and Procedures3
TXGB 7015Partnerships3
TXGB 7020Estate and Gift Taxes3
TXGB 7045International Corporate Taxation3
TXGB 7065Current Problems in Tax3
TXGB 7041Research Project3
Three Taxation/Accounting elective courses 19
Total Credits30

The requirements for each track, when pursued as part of the M.S. in Professional Taxation, are described on the "Tracks" tab.

Corporate Taxation Track

Course Title Credits
Professional Taxation Courses
TXGB 7010Federal Research and Procedures3
TXGB 7015Partnerships3
TXGB 7020Estate and Gift Taxes3
BLGB 7320Business Law II3
or TXGB 7041 Research Project
or TXGB 7065 Current Problems in Tax
Accounting/Taxation Elective 13
Corporate Taxation Track Courses
TXGB 7001Corporate Taxation 23
or TXGB 7045 International Corporate Taxation
TXGB 7030Corporate Tax Planning Strategies3
TXGB 7035Federal Taxation of Financial Instruments and Transactions3
TXGB 7050State and Local Taxes3
TXGB 7076Tax Accounting3
Total Credits30

Individual Wealth Management Taxation Track

Course Title Credits
Professional Taxation Courses
TXGB 7001Corporate Taxation3
TXGB 7010Federal Research and Procedures3
TXGB 7015Partnerships3
TXGB 7020Estate and Gift Taxes3
BLGB 7320Business Law II3
or TXGB 7041 Research Project
or TXGB 7065 Current Problems in Tax
Individual Wealth Management Taxation Track Courses
TXGB 7025Tax Planning for High Net Worth Individuals3
TXGB 7048Taxation Planning with Trusts3
TXGB 7056Taxation of Executive Compensation3
TXGB 7080Taxation of U.S. and Foreign Expatriates3
TXGB 7045International Corporate Taxation 13
Total Credits30