Top Schools for Taxation and Accounting Master's Degree Programs

With a master's degree in accounting with an emphasis in taxation, college graduates can pursue careers as tax accountants or auditors. Learn about three top schools in the US offering master's programs in accounting with a taxation emphasis. Schools offering Accounting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Taxation and Accounting School?

As a taxation and accounting professional, there are certification requirements that must be met in order to practice. Students interested in a master's degree in taxation and accounting should choose a school that prepares them for professional certification. They should also look for schools that are nationally ranked. Read below about the curricula offered at three top accounting and taxation schools.

What are Three Top Taxation and Accounting Schools?

University of Texas at Austin

The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin offers a Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) with a taxation track. This specialized curriculum mixes tax training with a wide range of accounting courses and stresses the role of taxes in planning and structuring business transactions. The University of Texas at Austin was ranked #1 in the nation for its graduate program in accounting by U.S. News and World Report in 2019.

  • Master in Professional Accounting

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting. The program was ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2019. The accounting curriculum at Wharton is flexible, allowing students to choose courses for certification as a chartered management accountant (CMA) or certified public accountant (CPA). Taxation courses cover taxes, business strategy, and tax planning and administration.

  • Master of Business Administration in Accounting

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business confers a Master of Accounting (MAcc). In 2019, U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Michigan's graduate accounting program #5 in the nation. Upon successful completion of the MAcc curriculum, students are eligible to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam. Core courses include auditing and federal taxation.

  • Master of Accounting

Ten Top Taxation and Accounting Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign4-year, PublicChampaign, IL$18,000
University of Chicago (Booth)4-year, PrivateChicago, IL$59,000
Stanford University4-year, PrivateStanford, CA$51,000
Brigham Young University (Marriott)4-year, PrivateProvo, UT$7,000
New York University (Stern)4-year, PrivateNew York, NY$45,000
University of Southern California (Marshall)4-year, PrivateLos Angeles, CA$46,000
Indiana University - Bloomington (Kelley)4-year, PublicBloomington, IN$11,000
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)4-year, PublicChapel Hill, NC$12,000
Columbia University4-year, PrivateNew York, NY$48,000
Ohio State University (Fisher)4-year, PublicColumbus, OH$13,000

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

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