Applicants must meet the requirements of the university as listed in the University catalog. In addition, applicants must have successfully completed an introduction to federal income taxation course, an introduction to financial accounting course, and an introduction to computers course. (Prerequisite courses may be taken at any accredited institution of higher education.) Furthermore, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from supervisors or professors. GMAT is not required. Professional tax work experience, CPA or Enrolled Agent credentials are encouraged, but not required.

Given the small class size, admission to this program is highly selective. The ideal candidate would be a midcareer professional committed to pursuing a career in taxation. In addition, the candidate would exhibit ability to collaborate and work effectively with others. The candidate also must demonstrate previous academic success and a potential to excel in the rigorous program.

A typical successful applicant is a CPA or Enrolled Agent, who has a GPA of 3.4 in the last 60 units, and has five years of work experience in the tax field.

English Proficiency Requirements for International Applicants

The English language tests and minimum scores listed in the table below are accepted by CSUN for graduate applicants for Master of Science in Taxation.

Test Name and Website Minimum Score Required for Graduate Students Send Score Directly To CSUN
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language — Computer-based score: 213
— Internet Based score: 79
— Paper-based score: 550
Use CSUN School Code 4707.
IELTS - International English Language Test System 6.5 or higher
Have IELTS send a copy of your Test Report Form to CSUN.
PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English 58 or higher Online through your PTE Academic Account

Exception:  If a graduate applicant has earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university in the U.S., the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required.

If a graduate applicant has earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university outside the U.S. where English is the principal language of instruction, the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required. Please note:

  • CSUN interprets "where English is the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents, and that students receive academic instruction in English at all levels of education.
  • Countries currently meeting the above requirement are: Australia, Belize, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, plus a few nations in the Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago).

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator, at or (818) 677-3952.

Program Policies

Please carefully review the full list of Program Policies, including Academic Honesty and Integrity Requirement, Time Limitations for Earning Degrees and Certificates, Temporary Disruption of Attendance, Withdrawal Policy and Refund Policy.