*See if you qualify for course waivers or transfer credits.

MST Curriculum

MST Curriculum

11-14 Courses
31-40 Credits

Program Length
12-16 months of full-time study
18-24 months of part-time study

Required Introductory Course (1 credit)

Must be taken on campus in first semester of program.

  • SBS-600 Effective Career Planning

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    SBS 600 is the first required course in Suffolk's graduate programs. The course is based on the precepts of experiential learning. Based on the idea that people learn best by participating in meaningful activities, this course provides students with the opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand the many complexities of business and the role of top managers. To accomplish this, SBS 600 is composed of several distinct parts, including the completion of a self-assessment instrument and their own written career development plan. In the campus sections of SBS 600, students will work in small groups as they take on the roles of top managers in a hands-on behavioral simulation. In the online sections, students will conduct a 360 degree evaluation to provide feedback.

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Required

Accounting Preparation Courses (9 credits)

May be waived with credit
  • ACCT-800 Graduate Financial Accounting I

    Prerequisites:

    Restricted to MSA, MST, GDPA, MSA/MST, MSA/MSF, MST/GDPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This introductory-level accounting course provides students with a solid base in accounting fundamentals, including U.S. GAAP, the conceptual framework, nature of accounts, journal entries, and ultimately, financial statements. Provides in depth coverage of the process by which accountants analyze, journalize, post, and summarize transactions. Reviews and analyzes multiple examples of current financial statement presentations. Financial ratio analysis and time value of money techniques will be integral to this learning experience.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ACCT-801 Graduate Financial Accounting II

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT-800 or MSA Program Director permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This is the first of two intermediate-level accounting courses that build on students' learning in ACCT 800, going in-depth into measurement and reporting of asset, liability, and stockholders' equity accounts for external financial reporting purposes. Discusses pronouncements of authoritative sources such as the SEC, AICPA, and the FASB. Introduces students to IFRS and their similarities to and differences from U.S. GAAP. Develops strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

  • ACCT-802 Graduate Financial Accounting III

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT-801 or MSA Program Director permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This is the second of two intermediate-level accounting courses. The critical thinking and problem-solving skills developed in ACCT 801 are broadened as this class tackles more complex accounting concepts, including: dilutive securities, earnings per share, investments, revenue recognition, income tax accounting, pensions and leases. Since accounting for many of these areas has been a source of substantial debate and major revisions in recent years, subject matter covered will be topical. Pertinent pronouncements of standard-setting bodies continue to be studied.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Accounting

Taxation Core Courses (21 credits)

If course is waived, an additional elective is added.
  • TAX-801 Issues in Federal Taxation I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Focuses on the federal income taxation of individuals with some discussion of business taxation. Explores the basic structure of individual income taxation, including the individual tax formula, income, deductions, and credits, and provides an introduction to property transactions. Emphasizes how tax laws affect everyday personal and business decisions.

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-861 Tax Research

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Examines the history and evolution of the tax policy and budget process in the United States and the players in that process. Considers the issues of fairness, simplicity and efficiency in the context of the current tax system and evaluating past and current tax policy to make recommendations to craft new policy. Emphasizes the ethical dimensions involved in the tax policymaking process.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-862 Taxation of Corporations

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces concepts, principles and practices of taxation of corporations and their shareholders. Covers the effects of taxation on corporate formation, capital structures, distribution and liquidation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-863 Tax of Pass-Through Entities

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents concepts, principles, and practices of taxation of partnerships and S-corporations, including the use of pass-through entities for tax planning.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-864 Tax Practice and Procedures

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Explores strategies of tax practice before the Internal Revenue Service. Covers tax deficiencies, assessments, claims for refunds, rulings, statutes of limitation, penalties, interest assessed, and appeals.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-871 Taxation of Estates, Trusts and Gifts

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Identifies concepts, principles and practices of the transfer taxation of decedents' estates, trusts and lifetime gifts. Covers valuation of property subject to estate and gift taxes, Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes, and the use of trusts for tax planning.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-876 Tax Policy

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801, TAX-861, and 1 additional TAX course

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Covers policy considerations in the development of proposed tax legislation. Examines tax policy issues in relation to empirical, political, and legal studies. Explores the tax legislative process.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

*TAX-876 should be taken as late in the program as possible.

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Select three (3) elective courses. Review elective courses or choose any 800-level course offered at Sawyer Business School with program director approval.

  • TAX-802 Issues in Federal Taxation II

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents further consideration of tax issues as they affect the sole proprietor, including the Alternative Minimum Tax, nontaxable exchanges, basis rules, and passive activities.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-865 International Taxation I

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces United States tax issues affecting foreign corporations and alien individuals. Compares United States taxing regimes applicable to United States tax residents and non-United States tax residents. Covers other topics including: the concept of sourcing of income, rules for determining whether a foreign corporation or alien individual has a United States trade or business, United States tax implications of having a United States trade or business, the role of income tax treaties, and United States tax issues affecting domestic corporations and United States tax resident individuals on foreign income.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA International Business,MBA Tax

  • TAX-866 State & Local Taxation

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course strikes a balance between theoretical concepts and practical, real-world issues and covers the interrelationships between the federal and state taxation systems. Includes the coverage of sales and use taxes, corporate income, franchise taxes, and excise taxes.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-867 Advanced Topics in Corporate Tax

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801, TAX-861 and TAX-862

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Examines tax-free and taxable acquisitions/reorganizations in relation to various acquisitive and reorganizational transactions as well as consolidated returns. Covers continuity of enterprise and interest issues in conjunction with the tax treatment accorded a transaction, as well as carryover, basis and compliance provisions.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-870 Federal Income Tax of Estates & Trust

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents concepts, principles and practices of income taxation of decedents' estates and trusts. Covers grantor trusts, charitable trusts, income in respect of a decedent, and accounting for income retained or distributed to beneficiaries via issuance of K1s.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-872 Tax Exempt Organizations

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Studies tax and non-tax issues in the formation of tax exempt organizations. Covers feeder organizations and unrelated business taxable income in depth. Also covers loss of tax exempt status and ceiling limitations on gift giving.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-879 Personal Financial Planning

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents the legal, economic, cash flow, tax, investment and insurance ramifications of life and death. Emphasizes tools and techniques necessary to maximize benefits generated from net worth, cash flow, and employment, and minimize the loss resulting from unforeseen contingencies, death, and retirement. Students participate in class discussions and are required to submit a written financial plan for a hypothetical client.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-910 Individual Study in Taxation

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    Enables a student-initiated directed study project. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report. The project must be approved by the dean of academic affairs prior to registration.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

Tracks

The MS in Taxation Program suggests two different elective "tracks" to help you customize your degree to meet your career goals. You can follow one of the tracks listed below or create your own.

Large Firm Track

Students planning to work in large multinational or multi-state firms should consider these electives.

  • TAX-865 International Taxation I

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces United States tax issues affecting foreign corporations and alien individuals. Compares United States taxing regimes applicable to United States tax residents and non-United States tax residents. Covers other topics including: the concept of sourcing of income, rules for determining whether a foreign corporation or alien individual has a United States trade or business, United States tax implications of having a United States trade or business, the role of income tax treaties, and United States tax issues affecting domestic corporations and United States tax resident individuals on foreign income.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA International Business,MBA Tax

  • TAX-866 State & Local Taxation

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course strikes a balance between theoretical concepts and practical, real-world issues and covers the interrelationships between the federal and state taxation systems. Includes the coverage of sales and use taxes, corporate income, franchise taxes, and excise taxes.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-867 Advanced Topics in Corporate Tax

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801, TAX-861 and TAX-862

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Examines tax-free and taxable acquisitions/reorganizations in relation to various acquisitive and reorganizational transactions as well as consolidated returns. Covers continuity of enterprise and interest issues in conjunction with the tax treatment accorded a transaction, as well as carryover, basis and compliance provisions.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

Local Firm Track

Students planning to work in local firms, who cater to smaller businesses and individuals, should consider these electives.

  • TAX-802 Issues in Federal Taxation II

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents further consideration of tax issues as they affect the sole proprietor, including the Alternative Minimum Tax, nontaxable exchanges, basis rules, and passive activities.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-868 Estate Planning

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Includes a review and analysis, from an estate planning prospective, of legal principles critical to the development of an effective dispositive plan with a primary focus on past, current and proposed Federal tax law principles (under the income, gift, and estate tax statutes) pertinent to the development of a variety of estate plans. In addition, the course includes the discussion of particular estate planning problems and techniques for the purpose of determining the most effective means of achieving the client's goals.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-870 Federal Income Tax of Estates & Trust

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents concepts, principles and practices of income taxation of decedents' estates and trusts. Covers grantor trusts, charitable trusts, income in respect of a decedent, and accounting for income retained or distributed to beneficiaries via issuance of K1s.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-879 Personal Financial Planning

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents the legal, economic, cash flow, tax, investment and insurance ramifications of life and death. Emphasizes tools and techniques necessary to maximize benefits generated from net worth, cash flow, and employment, and minimize the loss resulting from unforeseen contingencies, death, and retirement. Students participate in class discussions and are required to submit a written financial plan for a hypothetical client.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

Courses

  • TAX-801 Issues in Federal Taxation I

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Focuses on the federal income taxation of individuals with some discussion of business taxation. Explores the basic structure of individual income taxation, including the individual tax formula, income, deductions, and credits, and provides an introduction to property transactions. Emphasizes how tax laws affect everyday personal and business decisions.

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-802 Issues in Federal Taxation II

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents further consideration of tax issues as they affect the sole proprietor, including the Alternative Minimum Tax, nontaxable exchanges, basis rules, and passive activities.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-861 Tax Research

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Examines the history and evolution of the tax policy and budget process in the United States and the players in that process. Considers the issues of fairness, simplicity and efficiency in the context of the current tax system and evaluating past and current tax policy to make recommendations to craft new policy. Emphasizes the ethical dimensions involved in the tax policymaking process.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-862 Taxation of Corporations

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces concepts, principles and practices of taxation of corporations and their shareholders. Covers the effects of taxation on corporate formation, capital structures, distribution and liquidation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-863 Tax of Pass-Through Entities

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents concepts, principles, and practices of taxation of partnerships and S-corporations, including the use of pass-through entities for tax planning.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-864 Tax Practice and Procedures

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Explores strategies of tax practice before the Internal Revenue Service. Covers tax deficiencies, assessments, claims for refunds, rulings, statutes of limitation, penalties, interest assessed, and appeals.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-865 International Taxation I

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces United States tax issues affecting foreign corporations and alien individuals. Compares United States taxing regimes applicable to United States tax residents and non-United States tax residents. Covers other topics including: the concept of sourcing of income, rules for determining whether a foreign corporation or alien individual has a United States trade or business, United States tax implications of having a United States trade or business, the role of income tax treaties, and United States tax issues affecting domestic corporations and United States tax resident individuals on foreign income.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA International Business,MBA Tax

  • TAX-866 State & Local Taxation

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course strikes a balance between theoretical concepts and practical, real-world issues and covers the interrelationships between the federal and state taxation systems. Includes the coverage of sales and use taxes, corporate income, franchise taxes, and excise taxes.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-867 Advanced Topics in Corporate Tax

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801, TAX-861 and TAX-862

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Examines tax-free and taxable acquisitions/reorganizations in relation to various acquisitive and reorganizational transactions as well as consolidated returns. Covers continuity of enterprise and interest issues in conjunction with the tax treatment accorded a transaction, as well as carryover, basis and compliance provisions.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-868 Estate Planning

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Includes a review and analysis, from an estate planning prospective, of legal principles critical to the development of an effective dispositive plan with a primary focus on past, current and proposed Federal tax law principles (under the income, gift, and estate tax statutes) pertinent to the development of a variety of estate plans. In addition, the course includes the discussion of particular estate planning problems and techniques for the purpose of determining the most effective means of achieving the client's goals.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-870 Federal Income Tax of Estates & Trust

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents concepts, principles and practices of income taxation of decedents' estates and trusts. Covers grantor trusts, charitable trusts, income in respect of a decedent, and accounting for income retained or distributed to beneficiaries via issuance of K1s.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-871 Taxation of Estates, Trusts and Gifts

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Identifies concepts, principles and practices of the transfer taxation of decedents' estates, trusts and lifetime gifts. Covers valuation of property subject to estate and gift taxes, Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes, and the use of trusts for tax planning.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-872 Tax Exempt Organizations

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Studies tax and non-tax issues in the formation of tax exempt organizations. Covers feeder organizations and unrelated business taxable income in depth. Also covers loss of tax exempt status and ceiling limitations on gift giving.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-876 Tax Policy

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801, TAX-861, and 1 additional TAX course

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Covers policy considerations in the development of proposed tax legislation. Examines tax policy issues in relation to empirical, political, and legal studies. Explores the tax legislative process.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-879 Personal Financial Planning

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Presents the legal, economic, cash flow, tax, investment and insurance ramifications of life and death. Emphasizes tools and techniques necessary to maximize benefits generated from net worth, cash flow, and employment, and minimize the loss resulting from unforeseen contingencies, death, and retirement. Students participate in class discussions and are required to submit a written financial plan for a hypothetical client.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

  • TAX-910 Individual Study in Taxation

    Prerequisites:

    TAX-801 and TAX-861

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    Enables a student-initiated directed study project. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report. The project must be approved by the dean of academic affairs prior to registration.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Tax

4+1 Program

If you’re earning an undergraduate business degree at a U.S. institution, you may qualify to earn your MSA, MST, MSF, or MSFSB in as few as 10-12 months, or your MSA/MST or MSA/MSF in as few as 16 months.

How to Apply

  • You must officially apply to the MSA, MST, MSF, MSFSB, joint MSA/MST, or joint MSA/MSF program during the final semester of your senior year of undergraduate study. (Applications from recent graduates will also be considered.)
  • If you have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA in your final semester of your senior year, you can waive the GMAT or GRE requirement.
  • Top students will be automatically considered for merit-based fellowship awards (no separate application required).