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Schools for Aspiring Tax Assessors: How to Choose

Dec 05, 2019

Assessors may have a background in a variety of fields; however, degree programs relating to business, economics or finance may be the most helpful. Continue reading to find out more about such programs and schools that offer them.

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Aspiring tax assessors may enroll in relevant degree programs at 4-year colleges and universities. Most assessors hold a bachelor's degree in finance, business or economics; however, the level of education required for certification varies by state.

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The table below lists colleges and universities that offer programs in finance, business or economics. It also provides information regarding what level of program is are offered and the average tuition.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $55,584 (undergraduate), $38,630 (graduate)
University of Chicago (Booth) Chicago, IL 4-year, Public Master's & Doctoral $58,968
New York University (Stern) New York, NY 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $51,828 (undergraduate), $45,426 (graduate)
Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Public Master's & Doctoral $48,390
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $51,354 (undergraduate), $51,354 (graduate)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan) Cambridge, MA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $51,832 (undergraduate), $54,976 (graduate)
University of California - Berkeley (Haas) Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Master's $14,131 (in-state), $29,233 (out-of-state)
University of California - Los Angeles (Anderson) Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Public Master's & Doctoral $12,946 (in-state), $28,048 (out-of-state)
Northwestern University (Kellogg) Evanston, IL 4-year, Public Certificate, Master's & Doctoral $54,568 (undergraduate), $54,620 (graduate)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ross) Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $15,262 (in-state, undergraduate), $23,456 (in-state, graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should consider the type of education available in a program, since some may focus on different real estate issues or offer hands-on training that allow students to gain valuable experience. Summary of important considerations:

  • Aspiring tax assessors need a solid understanding of real estate and financial markets, real estate law and property taxes.
  • Prospective students may find that a finance degree program is most applicable to a career as a tax assessor due to being trained to evaluate investments, firms and markets based on risk and cash flow.
  • Prospective tax assessors might benefit from choosing a school that offers internship opportunities with real estate companies or tax offices.

Bachelor of Science in Finance

Some finance degree programs offer an emphasis in real estate, which could be beneficial for students looking for a career as a tax assessor. Additionally, networking opportunities may be available to finance majors through real estate fraternities.

Bachelor of Science in Economics

Students more interested in law and social science may prefer a degree program in economics. Graduates with an economic degree can seek many different career paths, but the foundation in trading and markets could lead to a career as a tax assessor.

Bachelor of Science in Business

Business students can concentrate in a variety of topics, including accounting, finance, management or marketing. At the core of many undergraduate business curricula is quantitative analysis, a skill that might be used daily as a tax assessor.

Aspiring tax Assessors have a variety for programs to choose, that are offered at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. With these programs being common, yet varied by their specialization and focus, students need to make sure they find the program that best fits their career goals.

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