Press Release: Graduate Master of Taxation Program Created to Meet Industry Demand
Author: Jenna Cooper
Posted: December 28, 2016

Portland State University Builds Flexible Program for Tax Professionals, Attorneys

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland State University’s (PSU) School of Business Administration (SBA) is known for innovation and its collaboration with the business community. Its latest venture, a hybrid online and on-campus Master of Taxation program, is no exception.

“We saw that the demand for professionals with advanced tax knowledge is soaring in the United States, so we created a program uniquely designed to give graduates an edge,” said Nancy Ganong Neslund, J.D., LI.M., master of tax director at PSU. “Program coursework is online with quarterly on-campus meetings for greater flexibility. We also co-developed coursework with public accounting and corporate tax leaders, and designed it specifically for working business professionals in tax or law roles.”

“KPMG globally, nationally, and locally has experienced continuous and growing demand for tax services. KPMG supports and eagerly anticipates the ongoing development of PSU’s Masters of Tax program.” –Terri Oen, KPMG, Portland

National Shortage, Regional Learning
According to the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA), there is a national shortage of entry-level tax professionals with graduate tax education. This, despite tax managers being among the top 10 highest paying, in-demand jobs in 2015, according to Forbes magazine. While the PSU SBA’s MT program is the only one in Oregon or SW Washington, its flexibility is designed for regional and even national accessibility.

“Our students will be closely engaged with faculty who have extensive tax experience. They’ll also have access to a network employers who consistently recruit PSU graduates.” said Neslund. “The program is also designed to allow students to interact with high profile tax professionals.”

With an official start date set for summer 2017 term, students are already signing up for the 12-month MT program. During the program, 1:1 advising and career preparation tools will help students define the next steps in their careers.

About Portland State University’s School of Business Administration
Portland State University’s School of Business Administration is renowned for its leading-edge research and world-class faculty. Located in heart of Portland, Oregon, this urban campus takes a realistic and holistic approach to learning with a focus on sustainability, economic impact, and social and environmental stewardship. PSU’s SBA offers eight master’s degrees, seven undergraduate concentrations, four minors, and multiple certificate programs, all with real-world applicability. US News & World Report ranks its AACSB-accredited undergraduate and graduate business programs among the best in the nation. The Princeton Review recognizes the School as a “Best College” to major in business.

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