Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) takes pride in having one of the oldest and largest Masters of Science in Taxation (MST) in the state. The MST offered through the Silberman College of Business is designed to meet the growing educational and training needs of area professionals.

Silberman College of Business is fully accredited by the AACSB International. This prestigious seal of academic approval is attained by only 5% of all business schools globally.

Specialized Focus on Taxation

The MS in Taxation program is highly focused and practice-oriented. In scope, it is much more specific than the traditional course of study pursued in an MBA program with a concentration in tax. The MST is dedicated exclusively to the study of taxation.

The program was designed to provide you with both the practical knowledge and technical expertise needed to succeed as a tax professional. The program is ideal for practicing accountants and attorneys, financial planners, recent accounting graduates, and non-accountants wishing to enter the field of taxation. Both entry level and experienced professionals will benefit in the program.

Emphasis is placed on technical competence in practical applications of current tax law as well as research and planning. Students in the program are exposed to all areas of taxation, including partnerships, corporate, international, trusts, compensation, and estate taxation. Courses not only cover the basics of taxation, but also advanced subject matter and procedural areas of tax law.

Many Good Reasons to Join this Program

  • Designed to meet the educational and training needs of tax professionals.
  • Provides both practical knowledge and technical expertise.
  • Benefits both entry level and experienced professionals.
  • GMAT may be waived for CPA, EA, CMA, CFP, JD, and MBA AACSB accredited schools and/or based on substantial work experience in tax, accounting, or financial planning.
  • University Provost Scholarships available for qualified students.
  • Faculty with outstanding academic credentials and strong professional backgrounds.
  • No classes during peak tax season. Some classes held Saturdays and in summers.
  • Important electives such as ASC 740, International Tax, S Corp, Financial Products, and others.
  • Graduates employed at the Big 4, mid-sized regional firms, small firms, IRS, and corporate tax departments.

The MS in Taxation Program and CPA Certification

Credits in the MST program may qualify towards the 150-semester hours of education requirement for obtaining the CPA certification. Details on what will quality may vary from state to state according to rules of each state accounting board.

MS in Taxation Courses for CPE Credits in NJ

Alumni of the program may take courses to enhance their expertise in specific areas or to meet Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements. See the CPE Credits for NJ CPAs page for more information.

Degree Requirements

The MST degree is obtained by completing 30 credits in required and elective courses. Additional prerequisite courses, described below, may be required for those students not meeting the appropriate undergraduate requirements.

The first seven courses shown below are core courses (21 credits) that are required of all students. The remaining courses (9 credits) may be selected from electives. Subject to prerequisites, there is no set order in which the courses have to be taken.

To graduate, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPR) of 3.0 or better.

Required courses (21 Credits)

Elective courses (9 credits)

The remaining courses (9 credits) may be selected from the following electives. Students do not have to complete the required courses before taking electives. Because electives are not generally offered as often as the required courses, students interested in specific electives may wish to sign up for the class when given. Prerequisite:

Prerequisite courses

You must have completed five prerequisite courses before enrolling in the MS in Taxation. CPAs and accounting majors are typically able to waive four of the five prerequisite courses based on prior course work. The fifth course, Entity Taxation ACCT6606, is the course that they often wind up needing to take.

The five prerequisite courses are:

  1. Financial Accounting – 3 credits
  2. Individual Taxation – 3 credits ACCT6605 or ACCT4267
  3. Entity Taxation – 3 credits ACCT6606
  4. Business Law – 3 credits LAW6657
  5. Finance – 3 credit FIN3250 or FIN3310. Two credit courses, FIN5012 or FIN6012 may qualify.

A prerequisite course is waived if you have previously completed the course at FDU within the prior five years with a grade of B or better, or the equivalent thereof elsewhere with a grade of B or better within the previous five years, or you pass a comprehensive proficiency exam with a grade of 80 or higher. Waiver of older courses will be based on the review of the dept chair.

Some of the prerequisites may be taken concurrently with MST courses. Individual Taxation ACCT6605 or ACCT4267, must be completed before any MST classes can be taken. Entity taxation ACCT6606 should be taken as early as possible since this class is a specific prerequisite for several of the MST classes.

MS in Taxation Program Learning Goals

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze tax issues for individuals and various domestic or international business entities. Having studied the conceptual and analytical framework, including real life applications, graduates will be able to propose solutions to tax problems. (Critical Thinking)
  • Analyze and propose effective solutions to ethical problems in tax practice. (Ethical Awareness)
  • Perform research in professional tax data bases. Graduates will be able to produce reports detailing the result of their research in a clear, concise and effective manner. (Information Quality)
  • Produce effective collaboration, leadership, negotiation and communication skills needed for effective tax practice. (Interaction)
  • Evaluate and analyze tax legislation, statutes, court cases, regulations and IRS pronouncements. Graduates will be able to judge tax policy issues. (Perspective)