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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

When combined with additional accounting and business coursework, the LMU M.S. in Taxation complies with the 150-hour requirement for California CPA licensure. Non-business undergraduates will need significant coursework in addition to the M.S. in Taxation to meet licensure requirements. If you wish to become licensed in a state other than California, please check with that state's Board of Accountancy as licensure requirements may be different.

Program Delivery and Schedule

Students who have completed the required prerequisite coursework before starting our program may complete the M.S. in Taxation in 1 year 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.

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