Program Overview

Golden Gate University offers a Master of Science in Financial Planning & Taxation program intended for those that are interested in strengthening financial planning, taxation, and estate planning skills. In order to enroll in the program, all students must have completed the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) examination. The program and its 10 courses have been designed around the Graduate Certificate in Taxation and the Graduate Certificate in Estate Planning programs. In addition, the program is partnered with Golden Gate University’s Braden School of Tax, ensuring students receive a enhanced education.

All of the program’s courses may be completed online. The online courses offered through CyberCampus have the same instructors and course material as the traditional, campus-based courses at Golden Gate University. If students are interested in a hybrid program format, they may design their own schedule by mixing online and campus-based courses.

Students will learn advanced topics within the field of financial planning and taxation. Courses will cover topics such as tax principles, tax issue research, interpersonal communication, and licensing requirements. Students will also gain experience in areas such as applying practical financial education to organization situations, tax issue identification, addressing complex financial problems, and maintaining professional client relationships.

In order to graduate, all students must complete a minimum of 30 units. The 30 units consist of 12 Core Course and 18 Concentration units. The Core Courses are Business Development in Financial Services, Cases in Financial Planning, Advanced Federal Income Tax, and Tax Research & Decision Making. Students may choose either the Estate Planning or Taxation Concentration.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Must hold a bachelors degree or higher. Official Academic Transcripts. Students must complete the program courses with a minimum GPA of 3.00.

    School Overview

    With just four students, Golden Gate University began evening classes in 1901 in San Francisco. Today, it maintains three added campus locations, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Seattle, along with an online program fueled by “cutting edge course content” and “real world and real time” instructors that bring exdivertise to the classroom. This private nonprofit university targets undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in “law, taxation, business and related professions.” Today, the university hosts thousands of online students across the globe in forty plus countries. Limited class sizes provide a “seminar-style” atmosphere with asynchronous discussions. Golden Gate offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a myriad of disciplines. These degrees also are available for online students with the exception of Psychology, Law, and cohort programs.


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