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Raise Your Value

Gain the knowledge you need to become your client’s trusted advisor. Learn how tax policy shapes societal and corporate behavior. Become the strategic expert on any accounting team.

The LMU M.S. in Taxation is designed for students who want to pursue or advance their career as a tax practitioner at an accounting firm, law firm or government tax agency. Students interested in starting their own practice or joining a financial planning firm will also benefit from our curriculum.

This program fosters a focused and ethical approach that develops accomplished tax professionals who are actively recruited by the Big Four, regional and local accounting firms. Small classes are taught by highly qualified faculty, creating an intimate setting that allows for maximum collaboration with your peers and faculty. 

CPA Licensure

For students with a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, economics, computer science or mathematics, when combined with program prerequisites, this program meets the 150-hour California requirements for CPA licensure. For students holding a bachelor's degree in other disciplines, additional coursework may be required to meet the requirements. The program has made no determination as to whether meeting California's licensure requirements is sufficient for licensure in other states.

Program Delivery and Schedule

Students who have completed the required prerequisite coursework before starting our program may complete the M.S. in Taxation in as few as 9 months on a full-time basis or 2 years on a part-time basis. Students requiring more flexibility or who need to take prerequisite courses as additional units have the option to extend the program up to 4 years. Admission is offered for fall and spring enrollment.

Courses are delivered in a hybrid format; most classes will take place in-person while the remaining classes will be taught online. Classes are offered weekdays and weeknights, and the average M.S. in Taxation class consists of 12–15 students.

Our Southern California Campus

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Los Angeles is the creative capital of the world and a global engine of innovation and invention. Aerospace, entertainment, technology, fashion, international finance, biotechnology, manufacturing, marketing — it's all here in the 3rd largest metropolitan economy in the world. Our beautiful Westchester campus is surrounded by more than 500 technology startups including some of the nation's most exciting and creative companies. This dynamic region is the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the U.S. and a thriving hub for synergistic learning.

By taking advantage of our location, the College of Business Administration experience is defined by real-world learning opportunities from across our incredible city — internships, industry mentors, global conferences, networking events and more. We cultivate close relationships with L.A. business leaders who sit on advisory boards, serve as entrepreneurs-in-residence, give feedback on student-developed marketing campaigns and more.