Northeastern University’s online Master of Science in Taxation is designed to sharpen the knowledge and skills of tax professionals who want to stay current with industry and economic trends.
Duration of Program
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This accelerated and respected degree is your opportunity to dive head first into the intricacies that separate top tax experts from their competition. Students analyze complex tax statutes, regulations, and related cases, and rulings, while interacting with expert faculty with decades of academic and industry experience. In just 16 months, you can develop a sophisticated and contextual understanding of tax planning and compliance that can immediately translate to the workplace and beyond.
Now more than ever, citizens and corporations depend on qualified tax professionals to help them navigate a complex landscape. Through a combination of experiential learning and an extensive study of tax regulations, you can transition classroom concepts directly to the real world. Choose our Online MST and you can prepare to do more, be more, and achieve more than you ever thought possible.
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Current professional resumé
Two letters of professional recommendation
English language proficiency: English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D’Amore-McKim classrooms. For more information, review our admissions policies.
Prerequisites for admission
Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
GPA of 3.25 or higher on a scale of 4.0, or GMAT required
Undergraduate or graduate course in taxation with a grade of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0
A minimum of two years of tax experience including one busy season or hold one of the following credentials: JD, CPA, CFP, or Enrolled Agent*
*Applications are reviewed holistically and the admissions committee takes into account a wide variety of application criteria. Factors that may strengthen your application include STEM-designated and business degrees, professional designations or certifications, or an optional GMAT score. If you do not meet a minimum requirement listed above, you are still encouraged to apply.
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Master of Science in Taxation Online General Requirements
ACCT 5230 - Federal Tax Issues and Analysis
ACCT 5232 - Estate and Gift Taxation
ACCT 6231 - Corporations and Shareholders
ACCT 6235 - Partners and Partnerships
ACCT 6292 - Tax Research, Practice, and Ethics
Complete 15 semester hours from the following:
ACCT 6239 - State and Local Taxation
ACCT 6240 - International Taxation: Inbound Transactions
ACCT 6241 - International Taxation: Outbound Transactions
ACCT 6243 - Advanced Flow-Through Entities
ACCT 6246 - Retirement Plans
ACCT 6264 - Planning for Estate Tax Issues
ACCT 6265 - Tax Accounting for Income Taxes
INTB 6230 - International Field Study
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. These experiences include:
In-Class Case Studies—Professors integrate case studies and exercises into the classroom to bring a real-world perspective and relevance to what they're teaching.
Experienced Faculty—Learn from accomplished scholars and industry experts in taxation and business.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global nongovernmental organizations. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional locations further foster a lifelong, global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Taxation alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.