Wayne State University

Master of science in taxation (M.S.T.)

The interrelationships between tax policy, the nation's social goals, individual and corporate planning, and financial security are ever present in today's economic environment. As tax laws become more complex, business becomes more competitive and the importance of financial and estate planning grows, the need for highly trained tax experts is obvious.

The specialized master of science in taxation (M.S.T.) program at Wayne State's Mike Ilitch School of Business is designed for CPAs who desire to further enhance their skills in the area of tax law, specifically with regard to the legal and public policy aspects of taxation. Students in our M.S.T. program develop an in-depth knowledge from faculty who possess expertise in auditing, international accounting, business law, ethics and taxation. Because this program is for practicing accounting professionals, it is further enhanced by the real-world situational analysis and discussion contributed by the students themselves. 

Interdisciplinary taxation focus

The Master of Science in Taxation (M.S.T.) program prepares students for entry into professional tax practice in both the public and private sectors. Our program uses an interdisciplinary approach through which M.S.T. students learn the accounting, legal and public policy aspects of taxation. This helps students build a well-rounded knowledge base.

As students progress through the rigorous program toward the capstone course, they gain a solid foundation in the discipline.

Practical curriculum

Ilitch School accounting faculty members have expertise in auditing, international accounting, business law and ethics, taxation and other areas. They are committed to helping you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to advance your career by sharing their experiences as business professionals, providing real-world context to the academic curriculum.


An advantage of pursuing your graduate studies in accounting through the WSU Mike Ilitch School of Business is the flexibility we offer our students. Classes for the M.S.A. program are offered each semester at our main campus in Midtown Detroit. Select courses are also offered at WSU’s satellite campuses throughout southeast Michigan and online, allowing you to complete your studies at a pace that accommodates your schedule. 

Ready to get started?

For further information, contact an advisor or the Department of Accounting chair.