MS Taxation Gain a theoretical background and the technical expertise needed to succeed.

Kogod's MS taxation program is the only one of its kind offered in the Washington, DC area. This program offers the versatile and practical experience you need to excel in the tax world. Our faculty are both mentors and practitioners — many of whom hold high-level positions at PwC, Deloitte, and EY.

You'll develop and deepen your knowledge of federal and state tax codes, emerging from the program prepared to succeed in all areas of the field. 


Get the Experience you Need

Kogod students often visit Washington, DC's government offices to meet and learn from professionals.

The Kogod Tax Policy Center is an extension of the program and offers students additional educational opportunities outside of the classroom.

The center produces research reports and sponsors workshops focused on today's key tax policy and compliance issues. Students are encouraged to utilize the center's reports, attend workshops, and engage with researchers as part of the MST curriculum.

The Kogod Tax Policy Center is a unique resource that offers information on how tax policy and compliance issues affect small businesses, entrepreneurs, and middle-income taxpayers. The center promotes nonpartisan research and discussion about tax policy and tax compliance issues affecting those groups.

You'll also meet and network with high-profile guest speakers throughout the program. Past class lecturers have included RSN partner, David Silver, IRS agents, and taxation appeals officers.

We Know Success

% of Graduates are now Working, Grad School, or Both

Kogod Diversity & Inclusion Spotlight

Emily Lindsay is an accounting professor at Kogod. She was the inaugural chair of the Kogod Diversity & Inclusion Team and stayed in the role for two years. Under her leadership, she raised awareness about changes that needed to be implemented in Kogod and at AU to increase diversity and promote inclusion. To quote a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Team, Professor Lindsay “does this work both outside and inside the classroom because she understands its vital importance to promoting the next generation of successful business leaders. She is an example that Kogod Faculty should follow."


A Customized and Flexible Curriculum

American University's Washington, DC campus is located right by major taxation institutions and government offices.

Kogod's MST offers core courses in tax planning and a wide range of electives, providing an in-depth experience in the field of your choosing.

Students can determine the focus of their learning experience by selecting specialization courses including international taxation, state and location taxation, tax policy, and accounting periods and methods, among many others.

The curriculum also features four different online courses, offering you the flexibility to structure your classes to best fit your schedule.

Kogod MS Taxation Program Overview


MS taxation is a unique degree program that provides practitioners with unparalleled opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The MST is 30 credit hours and can be completed on a full or part-time basis. Students may start the program in the fall or the spring. Learn more about the full degree requirements.

All applicants, including international applicants, are considered for merit scholarships during the application review process; a separate application is not required for consideration. There is a question on the application that asks you to confirm if you would like to be considered for scholarship. Please answer 'yes' to this question to be considered. 

Please Note: The answer to this question will not impact your admissions decision. Typically only students who are otherwise funded from an employer or government agency would decline scholarship consideration. 

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