TROY launches new Master of Taxation program

Posted: Friday, 09 October 2009

TROY—The Alabama Commission on Higher Education has approved Troy University to begin offering a new professional taxation masters program in the spring semester.

“The addition of the Master of Taxation program provides another opportunity for our graduate business and accounting students to advance their skills in an area of need in the state of Alabama,” said Dr. Dianne Barron, associate provost and dean of TROY’s Graduate School.

“In this global economy, there is a growing demand for highly qualified tax professionals and preparing our graduate students to be leaders as tax professionals is good for Troy University and good for the state of Alabama,” she said.

The program will prepare students for careers as tax professionals or for admission into a doctoral program in accounting with a tax emphasis. The degree program will consist of 30 semester hours and will provide advanced tax law knowledge, identification of tax issues, tax research and communications training.

According to Dr. Kaye Sheridan, interim dean of the Sorrell College of Business and director of the University’s accounting program, the University will also offer a Certificate in Taxation to students wishing specialized knowledge in taxation but who do not desire the graduate degree, and who either hold a masters degree or are a certified public accountant. The curriculum for the certificate program is 15 semester hours.

“Dr. Don Hines was driving force that moved the Master of Taxation program forward. He saw it as an opportunity for Troy University to provide a needed service to those providing tax services in the state of Alabama and beyond,” she said.

Dr. Hines, who was dean of the Sorrell College of Business, died earlier this month, but Sheridan said the inspiration for the program came from a meeting with Alabama Commissioner of Revenue Tim Russell in which he expressed the need for more graduate tax courses. The initiative was later discussed with the University’s Accounting Advisory Council that consists of representatives from 15 public accounting firms in the state, student groups and alumni.

“Dr. Hines saw the existing need for qualified tax professionals and felt that the Master of Taxation program was the appropriate degree to fill this need,” Dr. Barron said.

The program will immediately begin accepting students for the Spring 2010 semester. Applicants must meet all requirements for admission into the Graduate School. Applicants who have completed a masters or higher degree from a regionally accredited university or who have passed either the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination or the Certified Financial Planners Examination may be admitted unconditionally.

Initially, the program will be offered on the Troy Campus, with delivery via videoconferencing to the campuses in Montgomery, Dothan and Phenix City, and will be eventually available online through eCampus, according to Dr. Barron.

For more information on the Master of Taxation program, contact Dr. Larry Hudack at lhudack@troy.edu.