Taxation Track

Brittany Popovski, BS ’16, MS ’17

Be prepared to meet the constant demand for tax professionals skilled in research, critical thinking and problem-solving.

Secure your position as a resource for individuals, small businesses, large corporations and even nonprofits who require strategic services to comply with the complicated and ever-changing U.S. tax laws.

  • Examine the tax provisions governing C corporations, S corporations and partnerships throughout the business life cycle, and emerging tax policy issues
  • Focus on complex income tax issues encountered by established C corporations, including consolidated tax returns, corporate liquidating distributions, corporate acquisitions and reorganizations
  • Gain an understanding of tax issues involved when corporations operate in multiple jurisdictions, addressing topics relating to both multistate and international taxation

Taxation Track Curriculum

Fall Semester Spring Semester

MGA 612LEC Taxation of Business Entities

An examination of the tax provisions governing C corporations, S corporations and partnerships throughout the business lifecycle, including transactions between the entity and the owner, conducted primarily through the study of tax law and case studies. Current and emerging tax policy issues will also be a key component of the course.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGA 611.


MGA 614LEC Advanced Auditing

Advanced-level examination of external auditing issues and practice, with major emphasis on the analysis and evaluation of audit risk. Emphasis is on case analyses using internet-based cases and high risk real life audit cases, presented in an Advanced Auditing publication. The use of the casebook provides student with opportunities to develop a much richer understanding of the essential underlying issues involved in auditing, while developing critical thinking, communication and interpersonal relationship skills. Emerging issues in auditing are identified and analyzed using audit concepts learned in the introductory auditing course.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2020
Pre-Requisite: MGA 613.


MGA 623LEC Introduction to Professional Tax Research

The objective of this course is to develop a working knowledge of the basics of federal income tax research. The course will examine the major sources of federal income tax authority and their application and hierarchy; develop familiarity with major professional tax research tools; apply critical thinking and ethical standards in researching, analyzing and reaching conclusions regarding tax scenarios; and expand professional communication skills.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2020


MGA 624LEC Research in Accounting & Auditing Standards

The objective of this course is to develop students' skills in performing and communicating accounting and auditing research. To achieve this objective, students will: 1) Learn to apply a step-by-step research process to open-ended accounting and auditing problems; 2) Become familiar with the research databases applicable to different research environments (corporate, governmental, auditing, and international); 3) Become proficient using key research databases, particularly the FASB Codification, eIFRS, and GARS Online (from the GASB); and 4) Improve oral and written communication skills through discussions of accounting issues and written analysis of accounting problems.

Credits: 1.50
Semesters offered: Fall 2020


Track Courses:

MGA 652LEC Tax Planning for Multijurisdictional Entities

This course introduces the tax issues involved when corporations operate in multiple jurisdiction addressing topics relating to both multistate and international taxation.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2020


  • MGX XXX Business Elective

Contact Us

Graduate Programs Office
School of Management
University at Buffalo
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010

Tel:  716-645-3204
Fax: 716-645-2341
som-apps@buffalo.edu
Meet our Team

One of the most important lessons I learned was how to work effectively and efficiently in group settings. Although it may be challenging, it is important to learn how to work with diverse groups of people and become accepting of different work styles.

Jamie Blistein, BS '15, MS '16