Master of Science in Taxation, Graduate Tax Certificates
Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) takes pride in having one of the oldest and largest Masters of Science in Taxation (MST) in the state. The MST offered through the Silberman College of Business FDU is designed to meet the growing educational and training needs of area professionals.
The College is fully accredited by the AACSB International. This prestigious seal of academic approval is attained by only a third of all U.S. business schools.
The FDU MST program is highly focused and practice-oriented. In scope, it is much more specific than the traditional course of study pursued in an MBA program with concentration in tax. The FDU MST is dedicated exclusively to the study of taxation.
The program was designed to provide the student with both theoretical background and technical expertise needed to succeed as a tax professional. The program is suitable for practicing accountants and attorneys, financial planners, recent accounting graduates, and non-accountants wishing to enter the field of taxation. Both entry level and experienced professionals will benefit in the program.
Emphasis is placed on technical competence in practical applications of current tax law as well as research and planning. Students in the program are exposed to all areas of taxation, including partnerships, corporate, international, trusts, compensation, procedures and estate taxation. Courses not only cover the basics of taxation, but also advanced subject matter and procedural areas of tax law.
Credits in the MST program may qualify towards the 150-semester hour of education requirement for obtaining the CPA certification. Details on what will quality may vary from state to state according to rules of each state accounting board.
Graduate Tax Certificates
The MST program offers graduate tax certificates in four focus areas:
Estate, Gift & Trust Taxation,
Corporate Taxation, and
State and Local Taxation.
These certificates are ideal for professionals with an MS in Taxation degree who are currently work in the subject area or who are interested in developing knowledge and expertise in the area.
The requirements to be admitted and pursue any of the graduate certificates are the same as those that apply for admission to the MS in Taxation program.
Although the graduate certificates were designed for to be stand-alone and independent of an MS in Taxation degree (meaning that one does not have to have an MS in Tax degree in order to pursue a certificate), the graduate certificates are best suited and most beneficial for students that already have completed an MS in Taxation degree. For such students, up to six credits may be waived based on courses taken in an MS in Tax program. Those without an MS in Taxation degree are required to complete all 18 credits (and possibly other pre-reqs) and are also subject to the same admission requirements as are applicable to those pursuing the MS in Taxation. Accordingly, students who do not already have an MS in Taxation degree will generally opt to pursue the MS in Taxation degree that is comprised of 30 credits (12 additional credits (3 classes) over and beyond the 18 credit certificates).
Each graduate certificate is comprised of 18 credits (six classes). Certain certificate classes may have prerequisites.
The Silberman College of Business is accredited by AACSB International - the world's preeminent accreditation authority for collegiate schools of business.