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California State University, Northridge Master of Science in Taxation The Tseng College of Extended Learning California State University, Northridge

  • Northridge, CA
  • Public
  • Urban
  • 62%38%
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The Innovative M.S. in Taxation at California State University at Northridge

For nearly 50 years, Tseng College at California State University at Northridge (CSUN) has created and delivered innovative programs for international students, midcareer professionals, regional employers, and the community.

Tseng College offers a unique Master of Science (M.S.) in Taxation degree program that is designed for mid-career professionals. The 18-month program of study helps prepare students for careers as professional tax advisers or as consultants in public accounting, industry, government, and private practice.

The M.S. in Taxation degree program at CSUN is designed to meet the schedules of busy professionals. Classes meet 1 night a week and 1 Saturday per month in order to mesh with busy work schedules. No classes at all are offered during the busiest peaks of tax season.

Strong Core Curriculum

Students complete 11 required courses that cover topics fundamental to professional practice. These courses include tax research and communication, income tax concepts and their business application, income taxation of corporations and shareholders, real estate taxation, federal tax procedure, accounting methods and periods, state and local taxes, income taxation of partnerships, taxation of foreign transactions and taxpayers, contemporary tax planning issues in taxation, and a culminating seminar in advanced tax planning strategies.

Outstanding Faculty Members in Taxation at CSUN

The experts who teach taxation at Cal State Northridge are noted both for their scholarly and professional success, and actively participate at the highest levels of private practice.

One example is Professor Sharyn M. Fisk, who specializes in federal procedure, civil tax, and criminal tax controversy. Dr. Fisk is a member of the State Bar of California, the Board of Legal Specialization, and serves as secretary of the Taxation Procedure Committee of the Taxation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She is a member of the Standards of Tax Practice Committee of the Taxation Section for the American Bar Association. Professor Fisk coauthors a quarterly update on Important Civil Tax Controversy Developments for the ABA Section of Taxation. Dr. Fisk is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor John Balian teaches the culminating experience course in the M.S. in Taxation degree program at CSUN. He is a renowned expert in estate, income, and gift tax issues and planning associated with them. Professor Balian is certified by the Board of Specialization of the California State Bar Association and regularly represents clients in U.S. Tax Court.

Hands-on Opportunities in Taxation at CSUN

Students completing their programs may elect to engage in career developing work with the University's Tax Challenge Project, the Federal Tax Clinic, or the student-run Tax Development Journal. All graduating students participate in a culminating seminar on sophisticated tax planning strategies.

Encouraging Student Success through the Cohort System

All CSUN classes in the Graduate College of Business and Economics are offered on the cohort system, where all students in an entering class take the same classes along a set curriculum. Cohorts generally contain 20 to35 persons pursuing common goals. Studies show that cohorts achieve higher graduation rates and enjoy greater post-graduation success. The supportive network developed in the cohort typically evolves into professional networks supportive of student's careers.

Financial Aid Opportunities

CSUN helps graduate students find financial assistance through grants, loans, scholarships, work-study, and other resources.

Graduate student financial awards include the Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award, Robert H. Schiffman Memorial Award for Outstanding Research Promise, Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Students, and the State University Grant (SUG). CSUN also offers all students, regardless of financial aid status, a bookstore loan with which to purchase books and supplies.

California State University Northridge -- A Large Campus with a Vibrant Academic Community

Founded in 1958, California State University, Northridge is one of the nation's largest single-campus universities, with nearly 36,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty members and staff members. The university prides itself on its vibrant, diverse community and dedication to combining academic pursuits with hands-on experience. CSUN graduates are community and industry leaders dedicated to sustainability and committed to the responsibilities of citizenship.

Alumni include Grammy Award winners, nationally recognized newscasters, public officials, and a space shuttle astronaut.

CSUN is located on 356 acres northwest of downtown Los Angeles near the geographic center of the San Fernando Valley. The area has been a historical leader in aerospace development and filmmaking, and offers many opportunities for internships and career advancement.

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California State University, Northridge Master of Science in Taxation

The Tseng College of Extended Learning
California State University, Northridge

Northridge, CA

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    • Taxation Master's
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