Master of Science in Taxation

About This Program

Through the generous contributions of our supporters, the M.S.
in Taxation Program is offering several partial tuition scholarships to deserving students who demonstrate financial need, excellence and promise.

Scholarship information

Inspired by the Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation,* this innovative, 18-month graduate-degree program – designed for midcareer professionals – prepares participants for careers or career advancement as professional tax advisors and consultants in public accounting, industry, government and private practice.

Courses are taught by leading practitioners in the field. The faculty's blend of expertise and outstanding scholarship in the field of taxation adds immeasurably to the learning experience, which is strongly practice-oriented.

The program integrates theory and practice throughout the curriculum. For example, students have the option at the end of their program to participate in the Tax Challenge Project, the Federal Tax Clinic or the student-run Tax Development Journal. Each of these opportunities serves to integrate the material learned in the program as well as to provide students with a unique opportunity to gain valuable practical experience.

Also, this program is offered in the cohort format, which maximizes opportunities for interaction with the faculty and developing networking relationships with fellow tax professionals.

While classes usually meet one evening per week and, generally, one Saturday per month, another program feature of particular benefit to students who currently work as tax advisors is that no classes are held during the busy tax seasons.

The program has a skills-based focus. Students learn highly specialized writing and research skills. One of the program's distinctive features is a culminating seminar exploring sophisticated tax planning strategies. The tax program is offered through the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, which is accredited by the leading business school accrediting agency, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The program complies with California's new 150-hour requirement for CPA licensure. In addition, courses integrate theory and practice (e.g., through the Bookstein Tax Clinic and the Tax Development Journal.

* The Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation facilitates advanced tax education, research projects, scholarships and community service.


The Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation

Harvey and Harriet Bookstein

The Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation is the focal point for tax-education within the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics (COBAE) at California State University, Northridge. It serves as the hub for education, scholarship and community service in taxation in the Greater San Fernando Valley. Established by Los Angeles philanthropist and co-founding partner of RBZ, LLP, Harvey Bookstein (Class of 1970) together with his wife Harriet, the Institute has been instrumental in launching of the Master of Science in Taxation program. The efforts of those involved in the Institute enable COBAE to lay the groundwork for future programs focused on advancing tax education for professionals. The Bookstein Institute provides professional growth and development opportunities through advanced studies in taxation, scholarly research, networking events and service-learning projects. The Institute promotes and supports activities that encourage a greater understanding of the dynamic field of taxation. With the support of the Bookstein Institute, the Master of Science in Taxation program continues to enhance its reputation as a destination program for professionals who excel and strive to enhance their expertise in taxation.

Harvey and Harriet

"My goal is to empower others to reach their potential in the field of taxation and to serve the unmet needs of the underprivileged in our community."

— Harvey Bookstein, CPA '70