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Income Tax Courses in Boston, MA with Program Descriptions

The Boston, MA, area has at least four schools that offer income tax courses. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within five miles of downtown and make an informed education decision.

Boston, MA, Schools Offering Income Tax Courses

Boston students who are looking to learn about income taxes can find courses through several degree programs offered at local schools. This article looks at three schools within 15 minutes of the city center and the degree programs they offer. A table of information that prospective students should consider, such as school type, enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate, is also presented along with some information about an additional school that has a degree program in taxation.

  • Suffolk University, less than one mile from the center of Boston, offers several programs with income tax-related courses. Suffolk has a bachelor's degree program in accounting, graduate certificate and master's degree programs in taxation and a law degree with a taxation specialty.
  • Situated three miles from downtown Boston, Northeastern University has a master's degree program in taxation.
  • Boston University offers a bachelor's degree program in business administration with a concentration in accounting. The school also offers a Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM) and a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Taxation. Boston University is almost four miles from downtown Boston.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are researching schools can use the following table to see how these three compare. It provides information in a convenient format.

Suffolk University Northeastern University Boston University
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 7,201 21,489 33,355
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $37,270 $49,497 $52,082
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 93% 75% 55%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 84% 27% 25%
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2017)* 77% 97% 93%
Graduation Rate (students began in 2011)* 60% 87% 87%

Sources: *NCES College Navigator.

Suffolk University

Individuals seeking income tax courses have several options through undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. The business school offers undergraduate and graduate international seminars to places like India, China and Greece.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting

This accounting program includes basic and advanced federal taxation classes, as well as classes that cover accounting information systems, international business accounting and fraud examination. Additional classes include cost accounting, auditing, assurance services and not-for-profit accounting. The school also offers a '4+1' program that allows undergraduate accounting students with high GPAs to apply to one of Suffolk's graduate programs without taking graduate entrance examinations.

Graduate Certificate in Taxation

This program includes a maximum of five courses. Income tax-related classes include tax procedures and practices, state and location taxation, gifts and trusts, taxation of estates and tax policy.

Master of Science in Taxation

This program is available on a part-time and full-time basis, and some classes are available online. Classes in the program that are related to income taxation include financial accounting, tax research, estate planning techniques, federal income tax for estates, corporate taxation and tax procedures. Licensed Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) can enroll in the accelerated MST program, which reduces the number of required classes.

Juris Doctor (J.D.) with a Focus on Taxation Law

Students in the school's J.D. program can focus their studies on tax law while earning a law degree. Classes in the area of focus cover subjects like estate and gift taxation, federal income taxation and tax procedures. The law program is available on a part- or full-time basis. The full-time law program requires three years of study in subjects such as property, torts, contracts and civil procedure.

Northeastern University

Northeastern University's master's degree program in taxation is offered through its D'Amore-McKim School of Business.

Master of Science in Taxation

This 30-credit-hour, part-time program is designed for working professionals. Income tax-related classes include federal tax issues and analysis; estate and gift taxation; and tax practice, procedures and ethics. The program is also available online.

Boston University

Boston University's bachelor's degree program in business administration is offered through its School of Management. The School of Law houses the university's LLM and J.D. programs.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Students in this program complete about 133 academic credits and may elect to concentrate their studies in one of ten available areas. The accounting concentration includes classes in the principles of income taxation, managerial accounting, auditing and financial statement analysis.

Master of Laws in Taxation

This program includes 24 credit hours of study and is available on a part- or full-time basis. Some classes in the part-time program are available online. Income tax-related classes cover topics like federal income taxation, tax practice and procedure, estate and gift taxation, pensions and profit-sharing plans, state and local taxation, estate planning and tax accounting.

Juris Doctor/Master of Laws in Taxation

This 7-semester dual degree program includes coursework in the LLM and J.D. programs. The school's J.D. program takes three years to complete and includes classes in constitutional law, torts and civil procedure. Completion of the LLM program requires one additional semester of study after the completion of the J.D. program.

Other School Options

Bentley University, which is situated about 11 miles from downtown Boston, offers a Master of Science in Taxation that includes various coursework in federal, state and multi-jurisdictional taxes.


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