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Master of Science in Taxation

about the MST

A Master of Science in Taxation (MST) at Golden Gate University (GGU), is a graduate-level program designed to provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of tax laws and regulations.


Offered through the Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation, this program is one of the largest and most respected graduate tax program in the country. It is ideal for individuals seeking to become experts in the tax, accounting, and financial planning professions, as they acquire specialized knowledge and skills in taxation.

The program covers a wide range of topics, including federal taxation of individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates, and trusts, as well as state and local taxation, international taxation, tax research, and tax planning. It also covers the legal and ethical aspects of taxation, and the use of tax technology to optimize tax compliance and planning.

Working with a tax advisor holding an MST adds more value to your tax planning. The program provides a rigorous education in tax laws and regulations, as well as the skills needed to develop effective tax strategies.


Tax advisors with a Masters in Taxation can offer clients valuable insights and guidance on complex tax issues, helping them minimize their tax liabilities and optimize their financial positions. In addition, advisors with an MST are well-equipped to stay up-to-date with the latest tax laws and technology trends, ensuring that their clients remain compliant and competitive in an ever-changing tax landscape.

why it matters

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the back-story

Early in his career as a financial planner, Neil recognized how tax planning was deeply embedded all parts of a client's financial plan. He made it a priority to develop the tax planner lens in each aspect of financial planning such as estate, retirement, cash flow, investment, charitable, insurance, and business planning.

In his journey, aspiring to become the trusted tax advisor he believed clients were seeking, Neil enrolled in Golden Gate University's (GGU) Master of Science in Taxation immediately after earning his CFP® certification. Selecting GGU was an easy decision, as his vision was clear, and the MST program reputation was arguably regarded highest amongst other programs . The curriculum rigorously prepares their graduates to develop a deep understanding of tax law upon completion. In real-world application, licensed tax professionals holding an MST from GGU undoubtedly have the knowledge and confidence to serve their client's tax needs.

Neil believes that working with tax professional who is a licensed Enrolled Agent and CFP® practitioner will prove to be valuable to many taxpayers. However, having the credentials with a decade of experience, you will find Neil stating that it was the advanced degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University that serves as the cornerstone being a proficient tax advisor. His commitment to grow in his profession continues, and this is indicative of the commitment he has to his clients in creating a better way they do tax. 

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