Many master’s degree programs in taxation are geared toward accounting professionals with some work experience. These programs may offer evening and weekend classes as an alternative to a full-time daytime course load. Law students interested in taxation may also receive graduate level training through degree programs leading to a Juris Doctor or a Master of Laws. The schools below are both highly regarded among national universities, as well as having other distinctions.
1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
School Highlight: University of Illinois’ College of Business was ranked 3rd in U.S. News World Report’s 2015 ranking of the best graduate business schools for accounting.
The College of Business offers an executive-style Master of Science (M.S.) in Taxation program for working professionals. Applicants must have two years of work experience to enroll in this evening and weekend program. Students study such subjects as taxation of partnerships and corporations, tax policy, international taxations and tax research.
2. University of Denver in Colorado
School Highlight: University of Denver’s M.S. in Taxation and LL.M. in Taxation programs available on campus and online.
The University of Denver is a private research institution of higher learning that was ranked in the top 100 among national universities by U.S. News World Report in 2015.
The graduate tax program at the Sturm College of Law is designed for students in both accounting and law. Candidates of both backgrounds take the same courses, which are directly based on policies of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. Upon completion of the program, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) is awarded to graduate law students, while a Master of Taxation (M.T.) is awarded to all other graduates. A dual degree program is offered, in which students may earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and an LL.M. concurrently.
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