Top Masters in Taxation Programs: List of Schools

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Many master's degree programs in taxation are geared toward accounting professionals with some work experience, so some are offered in online formats or provide courses on weekends or in the evenings. Law students interested in taxation may also receive graduate level training through degree programs such as a Master of Laws. The following schools offer notable master's degree programs in taxation. Each was nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois' College of Business was ranked 4th in the U.S. News & World Report's 2016 ranking of the best graduate business schools for accounting.

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, international taxations, and tax research.

University of Denver in Colorado

University of Denver's M.S. in Taxation and LL.M. in Taxation programs available on campus and online. The University of Denver is a private research institution of higher learning that was ranked in the top 100 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.

The graduate tax program at the Sturm College of Law 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 is awarded to graduate law students, while a Master of Taxation is awarded to all other graduates. A dual degree program is offered, in which students may earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and an LL.M. concurrently.

Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona

The Master of Taxation program can be completed in nine months of full-time study. The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University offers a Master of Tax program that can prepare students for CPA certification in Arizona or California. Course topics include tax research, family tax planning, and advanced managerial accounting. Students who are particularly interested in law may pursue a dual Master of Taxation/Master of Legal Studies Degree.

For 2016, the school was ranked #35 among business schools by U.S. News & World Report.

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Top Schools with Graduate Programs

Here are some more schools that offer master's degree programs in taxation.

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

Prospective graduate students who want to study taxation at the master's degree level can find relevant programs at many well-regarded schools. Both traditional formats and alternative scheduling options are available.

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