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Taxation Track

The Taxation Track (TAX) is a 10-course (30 credit hour) program providing you with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for positions as a tax accountant in public accounting and industry. The TAX track consists of six core courses (18 hours) and four elective courses (12 hours).

Core Courses

The core courses focus on your critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. You will work within the tax code, examine case studies, hone your ethical acumen and engage with a top-ranked faculty who are personally invested in your long-term career success.  

Elective Courses

Your elective courses will round out your strong, technical accounting background, and provide you the flexibility to create an experience unique to your professional and academic interests. Learn skills necessary to succeed in your accounting career and CPA exam, while also exploring your future area of specialization. We have pre-approved electives in accounting, marketing, management, international business, and management science. Additionally, you can take virtually any graduate-level course offered at USC-Columbia as an elective -- including study abroad courses.

TAX Curriculum

Required Core Courses (6 classes, 18 hours)

  • ACCT 501 Financial Accounting III (Advanced Accounting, including business combinations & consolidated financial reporting)
  • ACCT 750 Tax Research & Communication
  • ACCT 751 Business Entity Tax Issues
  • ACCT 752 Advanced Business Entity Tax Issues
  • ACCT 753 Advanced Individual Tax Issues
  • ACCT 754 Multi-jurisdictional Tax Issues

Elective Courses (4 classes, 12 hours)

Accounting course descriptions can be found on the Accounting Courses page. Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus.

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