Jun 15, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Business Taxation (Data and Analytics) (MBT)

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Understanding taxation is critical to every business decision and many personal decisions as well. Whether you are preparing for a career as a tax professional in public accounting, industry, government or the investment arena or are starting your own business, tax planning must be done. Because of the complexity of the tax law and its pervasive influence, people facing tax decisions routinely call on tax professionals for advice in planning and structuring their affairs in order to comply with the law and to ensure economic good sense.

The practice of tax is becoming increasingly analytic and data driven. The environment demands great thinking about business, financial and taxation issues. It includes sophisticated IT systems and demands leading edge processes to understand and interact with those systems.

The Master of Business Taxation with an emphasis in data and analytics (MBT D&A) delivers a firm foundation in taxation with a focus on data and analytics and the enabling of IT capabilities. This program provides a rigorous approach and will require students to develop strong analytical skills while focusing on such areas as tax research, corporate taxation, accounting methods, and multijurisdictional taxation. Tax instruction is further enhanced by incorporating data analysis into the tax curriculum with the goal of providing students with an understanding of how to capture data, analyze it, draw conclusions and present those conclusions to disparate audiences.

Admission requirements can be reviewed by visiting marshall.usc.edu/programs/graduate-accounting-programs/master-business-taxation/admissions.


The MBT with data and analytics is open to individuals who have earned the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited program. An undergraduate degree in accounting or business is not necessary, nor is work experience a requirement. The program enrolls students in the summer or fall based on their academic background. For application information visit marshall.usc.edu/mbt/admissions.

Program Requirements

The Master of Business Taxation with an emphasis in data and analytics (MBT D&A) degree requires 46.5 units, including fundamentals, core requirements and electives.

Academic Background Review and Waivers

The Leventhal School of Accounting Master’s Program Office evaluates the academic background of each admitted student to determine the courses required to complete the program.   

Students admitted for summer term start with ACCT 525x  Intensive Accounting Principles and Practices – an eight-week, 40 hours-per-week course for students who have not completed undergraduate degrees or other extensive course work in accounting. This course must be completed successfully prior to beginning the core in the fall.

Students admitted for fall term holding a bachelor’s degree in Accounting are waived from the 15-unit ACCT 525x  course, reducing the number of units required to earn the degree to 31.5.

Electives (9 Units)

  • Complete at least 6 units of ACCT and/or DSO 500-level electives.
  • Complete up to 3 units of FBE, GSBA, and/or MOR 500-level electives.
  • All courses taken must be approved by the Leventhal MBT academic adviser.

Total Units Required: 46.5

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