Top Masters in Taxation Programs: List of Schools

Read on to learn about schools where you can earn a graduate degree in taxation. See what makes these schools stand out, and get details about program options to decide if one of them is right for you.

School Overviews

Many master's degree programs in taxation are geared toward accounting professionals with some work experience. These programs may offer evening and weekend classes as an alternative to a full-time daytime course load. Law students interested in taxation may also receive graduate level training through degree programs leading to a Juris Doctor or a Master of Laws. The schools below are both highly regarded among national universities, as well as having other distinctions.

Top Master's Programs in Taxation

1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public research university. U.S. News & World Report ranked the school 39th on its 2010 list of best national universities.

The College of Business offers an executive-style Master of Science (M.S.) in Taxation program for working professionals. Applicants must have two years of work experience to enroll in this evening and weekend program. Students study such subjects as taxation of partnerships and corporations, tax policy, tax decision-making and financial statements analysis. The College of Business was fourth in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 ranking of the best graduate business schools for accounting.

2. University of Denver in Colorado

The University of Denver is a private research institution of higher learning that was included in the Princeton Review's Best Colleges in the West list and ranked in the fourth tier of national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2010.

The graduate tax program at the Daniels College of Business is designed for students in both accounting and law. Candidates of both backgrounds take the same courses, which are directly based on policies of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. Upon completion of the program, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) is awarded to graduate law students, while a Master of Taxation (M.T.) is awarded to all other graduates. A dual degree program is offered jointly with the university's Sturm College of Law, in which students may earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and an LL.M. concurrently.

List of Good Schools with Graduate Taxation Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Master of Taxation program can be completed in nine months of full-time study Tempe, AZ
Baruch College/CUNY Accounting or business background not required for fall or spring admission to this full-time or part-time M.S. in Taxation program New York, NY
California State University - Fullerton Part time, evening M.S. in Taxation is the only program of its kind in Orange County to hold Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation Fullerton, CA
DePaul University Offers M.S. in Taxation program on campus and online Chicago, IL
Mississippi State University Applicants to Master of Taxation program may be granted conditional admission if they don't meet all requirements Mississippi State, MS
Northeastern University Part-time M.S. in Taxation program offers fall, spring and summer admission Boston, MA
University at Albany, SUNY M.S. in Taxation program offers tax law course in collaboration with nearby Albany Law School Albany, NY
University of Baltimore LL.M. in Taxation can be completed with a concurrently earned Certificate in Estate Planning Baltimore, MD
University of Denver M.S. in Taxation and LL.M. in Taxation programs available on campus and online Denver, CO
University of Miami M.S. in Taxation program offers specialization in federal taxation Coral Gables, FL

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