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Legal Studies in Taxation, MLST

Program Overview

USF's LMST program will equip you with the skills and specialized knowledge to launch a tax law career, or move your existing practice forward.  

Program Structure

Offering online courses and both full-time and part-time enrollment options, the MLST program can be customized to meet your needs. In addition, our 7 week classes offerings are ideal for the working professional who never has to be in class during tax busy season.

Most 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 with other students. Using the online learning platform, students access course materials, view multimedia content, and work on course assignments.

Each term courses are offered on a 7 week schedule, timed around the U.S. Tax busy season with fall classes beginning after the October 15th filing deadline, spring classes ending the first week in March and summer courses running in June and July. The program is headquartered at USF’s Downtown Campus, in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district.



Our faculty are true experts in tax law, empowering students with a comprehensive understanding of tax laws and policies to be prepared for a career in the complex and ever-changing field of taxation.

Full-time professors and adjunct faculty teach the extensive curriculum, empowering students with a comprehensive understanding of tax laws and policies.Distinguished faculty 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, international law firms, and notable accounting firms.  

Our Faculty

Hands-On Experience & Networking

Students graduate well-prepared for private practice, in-house positions, government positions, and tax departments of businesses in a range of industries and each year more than 90 percent of our graduates have jobs lined up by the time they graduate.

Dedicated academic and career counselors help select courses and professional development opportunities for each student, and USF's job placement process draws on our extensive network of alumni and professional contacts. Students benefit from a range of experiential learning opportunities, including the Tax Appeals Assistance Program and both private sector and government externships. Through extensive networking opportunities, such as the annual E.L. Wiegand Lecture, students build their network by meeting prominent tax and accounting professionals.

Andersen Partnership

Students enrolled in USF’s MLST in Taxation Program can take courses at the San Francisco headquarters of  Recognizing the quality of degree programs and the value of advanced education for their professionals, Andersen developed a partnership with the university, allowing their employees to enroll in the Graduate Tax Programs at the firm’s expense.  Studying alongside this distinguished accounting firm's managers and associates, USF students hone their skills while enhancing their network.

Employees of Andersen and Andersen Global should contact for information on applying through the partnership. . Studying alongside this distinguished accounting firm's managers and associates, students hone their skills while enhancing their network.

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.