Taxation, M.S.


About the Program

The Beasley School of Law offers an M.S. program for accountants through which students acquire in-depth knowledge of taxation law. This program is ideally suited for accountants wishing to gain a mastery of taxation law, without becoming lawyers. Students in the program take both law and business classes and seminars with our Master of Laws in Taxation students. Courses are taught primarily by law faculty, with the exception of advanced accounting classes taught by faculty from the Fox School of Business and Management. Students develop both practical and theoretical expertise through case analyses and rigorous class participation with lawyers and Juris Doctor students. The Beasley School of Law has a solid history of preparing students to hit the ground running in a variety of law and law-related fields.  

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Interdisciplinary Study: Business classes in Valuation and Accounting may be required.

Affiliation(s): The Beasley School is a member of the American Association of Law Schools.

Ranking: The Beasley School of Law is highly ranked. Current ranking information may be viewed at

Accreditation:  The Beasley School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association.   

Areas of Specialization: Areas of specialization include:

  • Business
  • Estate Planning
  • Employee Benefits
  • Litigation

Job Prospects: Graduates are prepared for employment in accounting firms or to advance in their careers at their current firm.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Students must be matriculated in the program to take courses.

Financing Opportunities:  Matriculated students are eligible for federal financial aid.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: August 1
Spring: December 15
Summer: May 1

Applications are processed as they are received throughout the year. Late applications may be considered for admission.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 0

From Whom: If you elect to submit letters of recommendation, obtain references from an immediate supervisor, current or past, and/or from academic evaluators.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree in Accounting or in a related field is required.

Statement of Goals: Describe your future goals in specific terms and how the M.S. will assist you in achieving those goals.

Standardized Test Scores:
For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL or IELTS  is required:

TOEFL: 88 minimum

IELTS: 6.5 minimum

Resume: Current resume required.

Transfer Credit: Advanced standing is not granted.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses1:

Core Courses
0511 Corporate Taxation3
0523 Partnership Taxation3
0600 Taxation I3
0641 Taxation II3
Writing course or seminar2
Electives 216
0544 Estate and Gift Taxation
0571 International Taxation
0670 Tax Practicum
0673 Taxation of S Corporations
0900 Guided Research (taxation focused)
1036 Low Income Taxpayer Policy and Practice
G500 Non Tax Issues in Estate Planning
G501 Introduction to Employee Benefits
G503 Criminal Tax Litigation and Procedure (White Collar Crime)
G504 IRS Collections
G505 State and Local Taxation
G512 Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts
G513 Estate Planning I (exam course)
G514 Taxation of Exempt Organizations
G516 Planning for the Family that Owns and Operates a Business
G520 Real Estate Taxation
G525 Qualified Employee Benefit Plans
G526 Welfare Benefit Plans
G531 Tax Procedure
G802 ERISA Fiduciary Provisions
G803 Estate Planning I (serial writing course)
G804 Negotiating and Drafting Tax Provisions in Corporate Acquisition Agreements
G805 Drafting and Analyzing Fundamental Estate Planning Documents
G806 Orphans Court Pleading and Trial Practice
xxxx Professional Conduct in Tax Practice
xxxx Tax Policy (employee benefits focus)
xxxx Taxation of Executive Compensation
Total Credit Hours30

Culminating Events: There are no culminating events.


Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Office of Graduate and International Programs

Beasley School of Law

1719 N. Broad Street, 710 Klein

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Fax: 215-204-2282

Mailing Address for Application Materials:

Office of Graduate and International Programs

Beasley School of Law

1719 N. Broad Street, 710 Klein (055)

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Department Contacts:

Office Manager:

Farlistcity El


Academic Director:

Kathy Mandelbaum, Esq.

Director, M.S. in Taxation and LL.M. in Taxation