Program of Study
In addition to preparing you for the Uniform CPA Exam, this master’s curriculum rounds out your knowledge of tax systems, regulations, and policies, and teaches you how to ethically and accurately calculate financial information, as well as conduct tax research and strategic transaction analyses.
These courses cover topics such as federal tax authority; tax law and regulation interpretation; C and S corporation formation and liquidation; partnership tax classifications and distribution of income, gains, losses, deductions, and credits; equity-based compensation; and strategic financial planning for individuals and businesses.
- Principles of Tax Research
- Corporate Taxation
- Taxation of Partnerships
- Seminar in Taxation and Financial Planning
Flexible elective options allow you to focus on subjects that support your career goals.
- Two taxation electives, such as: Tax Practice and Procedure, Estate and Gift Taxation, International Taxation, or State and Interstate Taxation.
- Two accounting electives, such as: Accounting for Governmental and Not-for-Profit Entities.
- Two electives in business subjects, such as: Corporate Financial Management, Leadership and Managerial Skills, or Global Strategic Management.
For more information, contact Dr. Mark Hughes at [email protected].
This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State and the institution has not made a determination regarding the educational requirements for any other state.
You’ll benefit from the wide variety of career services provided by the School of Business. UAlbany graduates with expertise in tax accounting are highly sought after by on-campus recruiters from major accounting services firms, private corporations, and government agencies.
Sample Job Titles
- Income Tax Auditor
- Federal Tax Business Analyst
- Investment Tax Consultant
- Risk and Financial Advisor
- Corporate Finance Specialist
- Audit and Assurance Associate
- Multistate Tax Manager
Sample Potential Employers
The Big Four: Deloitte, EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Mid-Size Firms: Baker-Tilly, BDO Seidman, CBIZ, Citrin Cooperman, Grant Thorton, Mazars, RSM, Hilltop, UHY Advisors
Corporations: Bain Capital, Cantor Fitzgerald, Comcast, Ayco (division of Goldman Sachs), IBM, MGM Resorts, Moody's, Showtime Networks, Viacom, Xerox
New York State Government: Office of the State Comptroller, Office of the Attorney General, Department of State, Division of Criminal Justice Services, Department of Taxation and Finance
United States Federal Government: Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Defense, Government Accountability Office, Securities and Exchange Commission
Becoming a Certified Public Accountant
Public accounting is a regulated profession that requires you to meet certain requirements before you can obtain your license to practice.
As a certified public accountant (CPA), you’ll be legally authorized to prepare and review financial statements and other fiscal information for corporations, nonprofits, and/or government agencies.
The AACSB-accredited MS in Taxation program at UAlbany meets the education requirements for certified public accountant licensure in New York and qualifies you to apply for the Uniform CPA Examination.
This comprehensive accounting exam is developed by multiple organizations and required for CPA licensure in all 50 states.
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Each student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of issues pertaining to tax practice.
- Each student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the impact of the global business environment on tax practice.
- Each student will be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate complex tax issues.
- Each student will be able to demonstrate an ability to critically analyze a given situation, consider a wide variety of options, and devise a cogent argument with strong supporting data.
- Each student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the codes of conduct governing tax practice and be able to explain professional responsibilities.