MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s new master of taxation program is the only one of its kind in Alabama designed to meet the needs of working professionals.
“What makes this program so unique is that it is the only evening taxation program in the state,” said Dr. Larry Hudack, Montgomery Campus chair of the department of accounting, finance and law. “It has been designed with working adult students in mind.”
Enrollment is open now for the program, which starts in the fall. Classes will be held at the Montgomery Campus and via live teleconferencing on the Troy, Dothan and Phenix City campuses.
Plans are also under way to offer the program online next year, said Dr. Kaye Sheridan, director of the school of accountancy.
“Our goal with this program is to offer a variety of delivery options to make it more convenient and accessible to a broad range of students,” Dr. Sheridan 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.
The master of taxation program was added in response to growing demand for tax professionals.
“Recent changes in tax law have created a strong demand for accountants with advanced training in taxes,” Dr. Sheridan said. “Tax accounting jobs currently rank among the highest demand jobs in the accounting field.”
In addition to the master of taxation degree, the College of Business will also offer a certificate of taxation for students who desire specified knowledge in taxation but do not want a graduate degree.
The master and certificate of taxation programs will also put students on the path towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Courses in both programs count toward the 150-hour requirement to become a CPA.
Students who are already CPAs can be fast-tracked into the taxation programs without taking the GMAT.