MS in Taxation

At a Glance

An MS in taxation opens the doors to a flexible, lucrative industry. Tax professionals are no longer relegated to punching numbers during tax season. They are important assets in any organization, assisting with strategy, technical know-how, and research. Whether you have your sights set on top accounting firms or on becoming an entrepreneur, in-depth tax expertise will give you a leg up in today's economy.

30 Credits
Focused on Experiential Learning

Take advantage of the only tax program in Washington, DC. Our program includes ample experiential learning opportunities, like site visits to the Treasury Department and US Tax Court.

2 Years
As a Full-Time Student

Earn your degree—and advance your career—on your own terms. Attend the program part-time or full-time. Full-time students graduate within 2 years; part-time students can take 3 or more.

100%
Employed, in Grad School, or Both

Six months after graduation, 100 percent of our students report they are either fully-employed, in graduate school, or both.

Why get an MS in Taxation at Kogod?

The Only Tax Program in the DC Area

Kogod is the only business school in the city to offer an MS in taxation. Our faculty are both mentors and practitioners—many of them hold high-level positions at PwC, Deloitte, and EY. Several are also proud alums.

Hands-On Learning

Your experience here will be hands-on, practical, and experiential. The courses are designed to train you in taxation competencies at the federal, state, and international levels; analytical problem solving; and proficiency in tax research. Throughout your studies, you'll also meet and network with high-profile guest speakers. Past lecturers have included RSN partner David Silver, IRS agents, and taxation appeals officers.

Customized and Flexible Curriculum

Though we offer core courses in taxation, our wide range of electives means you can customize your studies to fit your goals. Some of our specialization courses include tax policy, taxation of corporations, international taxation, and more. The curriculum also features four different online courses, offering more flexibility in your schedule.

What You'll Learn

Take advantage of the only tax program in Washington, DC. Our program includes ample experiential learning opportunities, like site visits to the Treasury Department and US Tax Court. 

Personalized Plan

The MS in taxation consists of 30 credit hours. The curriculum is divided into 6 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours of electives. This gives you the freedom to specialize in tax aspects that best suit your professional path.

CPA Prep

The remaining 9 credit hours must consist of additional tax courses. With the permission of the program director, you can also choose non-tax courses necessary to meet state CPA licensure requirements.

Degree Requirements

 

You'll Walk Away With

  • Taxation Competencies—proficiency in the areas of federal, state and local, and international taxation of corporations, partnerships, employee benefits, estates and trusts, and non-profit organizations.
  • Analytical Problem Solving Skills—proficiency in analyzing proposed and completed transactions to determine the tax consequences of a transaction or event.

  • Tax Research Proficiency—proficiency in tax research skills including utilization of tax research databases to effectively communicate the tax consequences of proposed and completed transactions to tax professionals and to non-tax professionals.

Program Highlights
Speaker at Kogod

The Kogod Tax Policy Center

A unique resource, this center conducts nonpartisan research into how tax policy and compliance issues affect small businesses, entrepreneurs, and middle-income taxpayers. As a student, you can use the center's reports, attend workshops, and connect with researchers.

Professor Caroline Bruckner

Dedicated Faculty

Our faculty are renowned experts in their field and many are actively engaged in the tax industry. As mentors, they are invested in the professional and academic success of our students.

Caroline Bruckner testifying before Congress

Experience-Focused

You'll hear from guest speakers like David Silver, an alum and partner at RSN, as well as IRS agents and appeals officers. You'll also visit government offices like the US Senate Finance Committee, House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, US Treasury Department, and US Tax Court.

Expert Faculty
Ground-Breaking Research on the Gig Economy, Women Business Owners, and the US Tax Code

Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Tax Policy Center and former senior counsel to the US Senate Committee for Energy and Natural Resources, has released ground-breaking research on the gig economy as well as women business owners and the US tax code. On our recent webinar series Kogod on COVID, she explains how the pandemic has disproportionately affected women-owned businesses.

Class Profile
6.5 Years
Average Work Experience
34
Average Age
3.26
Average GPA
25%
Women
20%
US Minorities*
17%
International Students

*Black = Black or African American; Hispanic = Hispanic/American or Latino; AIAN = American Indian or Alaska Native; NHPI = Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

Careers & Outcomes

Kogod alumni have found professional success in some of the most prominent tax firms in the nation. Our graduates include George Manousos, partner at PWC; Sherri Combs, partner at Deloitte; and Derrick Wagler, partner at EY. Six months after graduation, 100 percent of our students report they are either fully employed, in graduate school, or both.

Graduates of the program can work as:

  • Tax examiners
  • Auditors
  • Tax consultants
  • Tax managers
  • Financial planning consultant
  • Corporate controller
  • Financial analyst

Recent employers include:

  • CohnReznick
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • KPMG
  • PwC

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