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: 5 years

Campus Location: Online, with some in-person instruction on Main or the Center City campuses

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, a minimum score on the TOEFL or IELTS is required:


IELTS Academic: 6.5

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
MLTX 0521Partnership Taxation3
MLTX 0522Corporate Taxation I3
MLTX G641Taxation II3
Accounting for Income Taxes3
Introduction to Tax Law and Legal Reasoning2
Electives 216
Select courses from the following to total at least 16 credits:
Tax Practicum
Tax Policy and Administration Colloquium
Low Income Taxpayer Policy and Practice
Estate and Gift Taxation
Estate Planning II
Real Estate Taxation
Guided Research
Non Tax Issues/Est Plang
Introduction to Employee Benefits
IRS Collections
State and Local Taxation
Taxation of Executive Compensation
Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts
Estate Planning I
Taxation of Exempt Organizations
Business and Estate Planning Involving Closely Held Businesses
Qualified Employee Benefit Plans
Welfare Benefit Plans
Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties
Tax Procedure
International Taxation
ERISA/Fiduciary Provisions
Estate Planning I
Tax Provsn Corp Acquistn
Drafting and Analyzing Fundamental Estate Planning Documents
Professional Conduct in Tax Practice
Employee Benefits Tax Policy
Data Analytics I: Data Extraction and Transformation
Data Analytics II: Data Visualization
Project Management
State and Local Tax Controversy
Tax Practice from the In-House Perspective
Tax Research and Writing
Tax Treaties
Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions
Total Credit Hours30

Culminating Event: Completion of coursework is required to earn the M.S. in Taxation.


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