MS Taxation

About MS Taxation

About MS Taxation

A master’s degree is a must for those considering a career in the highly technical field of taxation, whether in public accounting, industry or government. Our MS Taxation’s high-touch environment, specialized curriculum, small class sizes and Learn By Doing approach means students are fully prepared for jobs and successful careers immediately upon graduation.

Our MS Taxation is an intensive and rigorous 10-month program, with full-time classes held on campus. As a separate stand-alone degree in taxation, students receive a more in-depth education exclusively in taxation, compared to the curriculum of either a master of accountancy degree or a master of accountancy with a specialization in tax (both of which typically only include a few tax courses).

Important Dates

  • Oct 1, 2023

    Application Period for Fall 2024 Opens

Key Features

Speaker Series

To help students build real-world experience and make connections, we developed the Graduate Tax Guest Speaker Series. The Speaker Series brings dozens of accounting and industry professionals into the classroom from top companies such as Google, EY, KPMG, PwC, Deloitte, and more.

Vita Clinic

Learn By Doing

Classroom learning is reinforced through a winter internship, in which students receive academic credit (9 quarter units) and put their tax skills to work alongside accounting firm professionals on real-life, real-time tax return preparation.

Career Fair

Phenomenal Career Placement

We have a near-100% job placement rate. The program has become a primary recruiting hub for the Big Four public accounting firms, as well as midsize and boutique firms—all of which eagerly hire our well-trained graduates.


David Chamberlain

Director of MS in Taxation program and Associate Professor of Accounting and Tax

Rodney P. Mock

Accounting/Law Area Chair and Professor of Accounting

Steven Danowitz

Adjunct Accounting Faculty

Martin Mehl


Erik Slayter


Curriculum Overview

Our MS Tax program is a 45-49 quarter unit program typically completed in ten months. The program includes a mandatory intensive session starting in August immediately before the fall quarter, as well as a winter...

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Program Specifics

The MS Tax students enjoy small class sizes led by nationally recognized accounting scholars committed to the success of the entire cohort. This high-touch environment fosters close connections and a deep understanding of taxation. Learn more about Cal Poly’s MS Taxation degree to see if it sounds like the right...

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Graduate Program Events


Student Profiles

Alyssa Johnson

Alyssa Johnson,
MS Taxation

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Katie Ng

Katie Ng,
MS Taxation

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Juan Carlos Castellanos

Juan Carlos Castellanos,
MS Taxation

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