Master of Legal Studies in Taxation

With USF's Master of Legal Studies in Taxation (MLST) program, accounting and finance professionals can study tax law alongside practicing lawyers and law students. MLST students who want to build their knowledge of tax law take courses alongside LLM in Taxation students who are practicing lawyers, learning from the program's faculty of preeminent scholars. A specialized introductory course in tax law for MLST students is offered.


Full-time professors and adjunct faculty teach the extensive curriculum, empowering students with a comprehensive understanding of tax laws and policies. The program is headquartered at USF’s Downtown Campus, in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district. Both full- and part-time options are offered, and up to 12 transfer credits may be accepted. 

Kymbirley BrakeI am so grateful to be able to earn my MLST online with USF because the flexibility is
invaluable. My master’s in tax law gives me an edge over other accountants. It shows I have the knowledge and competency to give valuable advice.”

Kymbirley Brake MLST ’17
Chief Financial Officer, Accountant, and Enrolled Agent at Patch MD

Many courses are offered online, allowing students the ultimate flexibility to earn their degree in a way that works for them. Like the in-person courses, our online courses are taught by our preeminent full-time faculty and adjunct professors and include weekly opportunities to work with the professor and collaborate other students. Using the online learning platform, students access course materials, view multimedia content, and work on course assignments.

USF's Partnership with Andersen
The USF Graduate Tax Program has an established partnership with the preeminent accounting firm Andersen. Studying alongside the firm's managers and associates, students hone their skills while enhancing their professional network.


The USF Graduate Tax Program faculty are noted experts in their field, and dedicated to their students' success. Professors include E.L. Wiegand Distinguished Professor in Tax Daniel Lathrope, who is academic director of the program, and Professor Joshua Rosenberg, author of leading treatises in tax law, as well as practitioners from the IRS, top law firms, and notable accounting firms.


Students graduate well-prepared for private practice, in-house positions, government jobs, and tax departments of businesses in a range of industries.

With a dedicated academic and career counselor from USF's full-service Office of Career Planning who offers truly personalized attention, we tailor our approach to each student, helping them select courses and professional development opportunities. The job placement process draws on our extensive network of alumni and professional contacts and capitalizes on the expertise and guidance of practicing attorneys and trained career counselors.

Hands-on skills training is a key feature of our program, providing students with a way to put their classroom learning to practice while building professional experience and contacts. Opportunities include representing taxpayers in the Tax Appeals Assistance Program, and externing with law firms, government agencies, accounting firms, and other organizations. 

Through extensive networking opportunities, such as the USF Graduate Tax Program Annual Tax Law Lecture Series, students expand their knowledge and build their network by meeting prominent tax and accounting professionals.


  • At the 2018 Alumni Graduates Dinner  Professor Davis Yee received the Hon. Ira A. Brown Jr. Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award and the Andersen Award went to JD/MBA student Michael McQuiller ’18 and LLM student Brandon Oldham ’18.
  • The Graduate Tax Program hosted the second annual E. L. Wiegand Visiting Fellows Program featuring the 2018 fellow, Caroline D. Ciraolo. A partner with Kostelanetz & Fink and former acting assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, Ciraolo discussed the new era of global tax enforcement and its impact on taxpayers, their advisors, and third party gatekeepers, including banks and other financial service providers. This program is funded by a grant from the Edwin L. Wiegand Trust.
  • Ian Fontana Brown '17 wrote the article "The UP-C IPO and Tax Receivable Agreements: Legal Loophole?" published in the special report section of Tax Notes. PDF icon Read Here
  • Adjunct Professor Davis Yee was awarded the 2017 Warren E. Burger Prize for his essay submission "The Professional Responsibility of Fair Play When Dealing with a Pro Se Adversary." 
  • USF’s Tax Moot Court Team Wins ABA National Competition

State Authorization

USF is accepting applications from residents in specific U.S. states and territories for enrollment into our 100% online degree programs. Please check our State Authorization Status List for the states and territories from which we can enroll residents in our 100% online degree programs. Programs are only considered to be 100% online degree programs if they have no physical presence (classes, fieldwork, or otherwise) in those states or territories.