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

Kogod's MS Taxation 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. Jump-start your taxation career today.


Get the Experience you Need

Kogod students often visit Washington, D.C.'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 David Silver, Partner at RSN; IRS Agents; and Taxation Appeals Officers.

We Know Success

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

Cutting-Edge Research Opportunities

You’ve got to be in Washington, DC to pursue this field.

For Brent Sabot, MST ’17, the most impactful part of the program is working with Kogod’s Tax Policy Center. Sabot, a research assistant at the Center, supports staff through research and analysis of tax legislation—tasks that bridge classroom theory to real-world practice.

This past semester, Sabot was a technical contributor to Billion Dollar Blind Spot, the Tax Policy Center’s latest research publication. He says that by working on the report, he learned the full research process: addressing a question, identifying sources and speaking with subject matter experts.

"I’m starting my career with a lot of knowledge and confidence," he says.

A Customized and Flexible Curriculum

American University's Washington, D.C. 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's MS Taxation program is the only one of its kind offered in the Washington, D.C. area.

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.

From 2014 - 2016, 100% of May graduates within six months of graduation were working, in grad school or both. Top employers include CohnReznick, KPMG, Northrup Grumman, and PwC. See a full picture of the career outcomes.

In Fall 2016, 36% of the program was enrolled part-time. Approximately half of the student body was male, half female. Over a quarter were international.

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