At a Glance


The Master of Science in Taxation (MST) program prepares graduate students with strong tax technical skills and tax research capabilities for professional careers in the area of federal, state and local, and international taxation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Taxation Competencies, Develop proficiency in the areas of federal, state and local, and international taxation of corporations, partnerships, employee benefits, estates and trusts, and non-profit organizations.
  • Analytical Problem Solving, Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing proposed and completed transactions to determine the tax consequences of a transaction or event.
  • Tax Research, Demonstrate proficiency in tax research skills including utilization of tax research databases to effectively communicate the tax consequences of proposed and completed transactions to tax professionals and to non-tax professionals.

Taxation (MS)

Offered by the Kogod School of Business, the Taxation (MS) provides a professionally-oriented specialty master's degree focusing on federal income taxation. It is designed to advance students' careers and broaden their options with skills in specialized areas and comprehensive expertise in the field of taxation. This convenient yet demanding program facilitates opportunities with the largest professional service organizations in the world, enhances flexible career paths, and creates opportunities for starting businesses.


Admission to the Program

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have earned an undergraduate bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade point average. Applicants may also need to submit a GMAT or GRE score; please visit for more information. 

In addition, applicants must have satisfied Kogod School of Business prerequisite knowledge through undergraduate or graduate coursework in accounting, and business law. Applicants whose first language is not English must have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credit hours of approved graduate work with a minimum of 21 hours in taxation, including two required core courses (6 credit hours) and five elective courses (15 credit hours). The remaining 9 credit hours must consist of additional tax courses or, with the permission of the program director, non-tax courses necessary to meet state CPA licensure requirements

Course Requirements

Core Tax (6 credit hours)

Electives (24 credit hours)

Complete 24 credit hours from the following:

Note: With the permission of the program director, 9 credit hours may be substituted with additional tax coursework, or non-tax coursework, necessary to meet state CPA licensure requirements.

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. Advanced undergraduates admitted to a combined degree program that includes a master's degree from Kogod are eligible to take graduate-level courses and may apply up to 9 graduate credit hours earned as an undergraduate toward the requirements for both degrees. See Combined Bachelor's and Kogod School of Business Master's Programs for more information.

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