The Lindner College of Business has launched a new online program to give professionals an edge in handling complex tax issues, or specialized areas of taxation.
The new Master of Science in Tax degree and associated certificates in individual and corporate tax are 100 percent online and can boost professional skills in tax advice and planning for individual and corporate entities.
“We’ve transformed our exceptional 20-year MS in Taxation program to online delivery which will extend its geographic reach and enhance student diversity,” says BJ Zirger, associate dean for Online Education in the Lindner College of Business.
The fully online value-driven program will be delivered in a flexible and convenient format, with six annual start dates and a wide selection of courses taught by Lindner College of Business faculty and instructors.
Maureen Bruns, assistant professor-educator of accounting, will serve as academic program director of the MS Tax program. Bruns, BBA ’90, has worked as an adjunct accounting instructor at Lindner College of Business for more than 10 years. She went on to obtain her CPA and MBA and has accumulated more than 18 years experience as a tax specialist with Barnes, Dennig & Co., Ltd., with about 25 years of overall public accounting experience.
The program, fully accredited by the AACSB, consists of 20 semester hours of required tax courses and 10 hours of electives. The core classes span topics related to corporate, individual and other entity structures and the electives offer a host of additional tax specialty courses.
The two certificates in corporate and individual tax can be obtained by taking 12 semester hours, or six courses. The corporate certificate develops skills for those advising companies on the tax consequences of entity selection and structure, life cycle strategies, mergers and acquisitions and other planning opportunities. The individual certificate is for professionals who want to assist individuals with their tax planning and preparation needs.