Top-Ranked Schools for a Master's in Taxation

Learn about some well-regarded schools that offer master's degree programs in taxation. Find out ranking data for these schools, along with faculty and learning opportunities, to determine which might be right for you. Schools offering Accounting - Taxation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Makes a Top-Ranked School for Master's Degrees in Taxation?

You'll want to find a school with good graduate business and accounting programs. Do you want to be an individual practitioner or work in an accounting firm, general business or financial planning? There may be some specialized or dual-degree programs that address your specific career goals. Some schools offer joint degrees in law and taxation, if you're considering a career in tax law.

A high Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination pass rate can also be a quality indicator. A Certified Public Accountant designation isn't absolutely required for tax preparation, but you'll likely have more opportunities as a CPA.

What Are Three Top-Ranked Schools for Taxation Master's Programs?

New York University in New York, NY

New York University (NYU) is a private university. With strengths in tax law and accounting, NYU was ranked first for tax law, 12th for graduate business and ninth for graduate accounting programs in 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report. NYU sponsors the Vincent C. Ross Institute of Accounting Research and annual Institutes on Federal Taxation and State and Local Taxation. The Ross Institute hosts an ongoing program of conferences and roundtables.

Accounting is one of nearly 20 potential areas of concentration for the flexible Master of Business Administration (MBA) offered at NYU. NYU's School of Law was the first to offer a graduate tax program. This over 60-year-old program publishes the Tax Law Review. Attorneys are eligible to apply for a LL.M. in Taxation. Related graduate degree programs include:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), with full-time, part-time, executive and global executive options
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)/MBA
  • Master of Studies in Law in Taxation
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, with an executive option
  • LL.M. in International Taxation
  • J.D./LL.M. in Taxation

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois (UI) at Urbana-Champaign's graduate accounting program placed second among programs of its kind in U.S. News & World Report rankings in 2019.

The College of Business at UI offers a 1-year Master of Science (M.S.) program with a specialization in taxation in Chicago for experienced tax professionals. Urbana-Champaign faculty, as well as accounting executives from well-known accounting firms and the Internal Revenue Service, teach classes. UI's College of Business offers several graduate accounting programs with opportunities for coursework in taxation. CPA examination preparation coursework is also available. Master's degree programs include:

  • Master of Accounting Science (MAS)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Accountancy
  • M.S. in Taxation

University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

The private University of Southern California's (USC's) Marshall Business School tied for 17th among graduate business programs and seventh for its graduate accounting program in 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report. USC offers both full-time and part-time Master of Business Taxation (MBT) programs.

Graduate taxation candidates develop technical skills and gain a comprehensive understanding of factors influencing tax law. Students choose concentrations ranging from taxation of foreign operations to estate planning. Courses in taxes and business applications, partnerships and S-Corps, and corporate taxation provide a foundation for nearly 20 taxation elective options. Those admitted without an accounting background take 15 additional credits during an intensive summer program.

  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Business Taxation

10 Schools with Master's in Taxation Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
Baylor University4-year, PrivateWaco, TX$34,000
Villanova University4-year, PrivateVillanova, PA$19,000
St Thomas University4-year, PrivateMiami Gardens, FL$10,500
University of San Diego4-year, PrivateSan Diego, CA$27,000
Hofstra University4-year, PrivateHempstead, NY$25,000
University of Houston4-year, PublicHouston, TX$9,000
Weber State University4-year, PublicOgden, UT$8,000
Grand Valley State University4-year, PublicAllendale, MI$17,000
The University of Texas-Arlington4-year, PublicArlington, TX$10,000
San Jose State University4-year, PublicSan Jose, CA$9,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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