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MS Taxation

Fall 2023 Application Period:
October 1, 2022 to June 1, 2023

MS Taxation Application Details

  • Application Deadline
  • Prerequisites
  • Application Requirements
  • Program Costs
Fall 2023 Application Period:

October 1, 2022 to June 1, 2023
Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

  • All applications and supplemental items must be received by the deadline.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and you are encouraged to submit your materials as soon as possible.
  • We accept applications for fall quarter admission only.
  • The MST program accepts applications only from individuals whose bachelor’s degree is from an accredited U.S. institution.
  • To ensure your application deadline is correct, please select “No” when answering question “1a. Returning” within your extended profile in your Cal State Apply account. Only applicants who have previously been enrolled in this graduate program at Cal Poly should select “Yes”.

Prior to the program start date, an applicant must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association.

The MST program accepts applications only from individuals whose bachelor’s degree is from an accredited U.S. institution.

A minimum GPA of 2.5, on a 4-point U.S.A. scale, in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units is required to apply.

Meeting the minimum may not be sufficient to obtain admission. The program is competitive and most successful applicants will have a GPA above 3.0.

Applicants must have completed 8 quarter units (or 6-8 semester credits) in intermediate-level financial accounting1, and 4 quarter units (or 3 semester credits) in U.S. Federal taxation.

1Financial accounting topics must include comprehensive coverage of all financial statements (including the Statement of Cash Flows), current and non-current assets (including intangible assets and investments), current liabilities, time value of money, long-term notes and bonds, stockholders’ equity, and revenue recognition.

The application is completed and submitted via the Cal State Apply web site. A non-refundable fee of $70 (USD) is required.

On Cal State Apply you will submit each of the required items listed below:

Statement of purpose:
Summarize your career objectives, experience and reason for interest in this degree program

A resume including education, employment, extracurricular/community activities, publications, if any, and memberships

Letter of recommendation:
Two (2) confidential letters from a professor or manager/supervisor

Test scores:
Graduate test scores are not required for this program.

Undergraduate transcript(s):
When to Submit Transcripts
Graduate applicants must send official transcripts (from degree granting institution), including work in progress course work by the application deadline. Transcripts must be sent directly from your former institution.

Once selected, Cal Poly will also need your final transcripts that includes your graduation date as soon as possible in order to certify your enrollment and allow you to register for classes.

How to Submit Transcripts
Cal Poly will accept electronic transcripts via the following:

  • Parchment
  • Docufide
  • Naviance
  • National Student Clearing House
  • eScript-Safe
  • Military Services

If your institution provides certified electronic transcripts through another service, have those transcripts sent directly from your institution to

You may also send official transcripts by mail to:
Cal Poly
Transcript Processing
MC 1001
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Note: Official transcripts are not needed from students who received their undergraduate degree from Cal Poly and have not attended any other colleges or universities since their graduation from Cal Poly.

The table below outlines program costs for academic year 2022-2023, excluding books, room and board, laptop computers** and other personal expenses. Fees are estimates and are subject to change.

Program Costs Breakdown


U.S. Residents

Tuition & Registration Fees

$ 24,795

University Union Fee*

$ 833

Health Services Fee*

$ 727

Commencement Fee

$ 100


$ 26,455

* Access to the Recreation Center and Health Center begins Fall Quarter.

** To support a portable learning environment, every Orfalea College of Business Graduate Student must bring a laptop to class. We recommend a laptop computer with these specifications. Note: Many graduate instructors at the Orfalea College of Business require students to run various Windows-based applications that do not have Mac equivalents.

Admissions Deadlines

Application Period for Fall 2023 Opens

Oct 1, 2022

Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2023

Feb 1, 2023

Application Deadline for Fall 2023

Jun 1, 2023


Admissions FAQs

Do I need a bachelor’s degree in accounting to be admitted into the program?

No. You do need to have a bachelor’s degree but it does not have to...

Is the GMAT or GRE test required in order to apply to the MST program?

No. The MS Taxation program does not require the GMAT or GRE test.

How does the mandatory internship work?

The internship provides students with a clinical tax experience, enabling them to apply skills and...


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If you are ready to enhance your career by earning an advanced degree, you are encouraged to apply to Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business Graduate Programs.

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