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
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.
A Customized and Flexible Curriculum
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.
Core Tax (6 credit hours)
ACCT-604 Tax Planning for Individuals (3)
ACCT-631 Tax Research and Procedure (3)
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.
ACCT-630 Legislative and Judicial Foundations of Income Tax (3)
ACCT-740 Taxation of Corporations (3)
ACCT-741 State and Local Taxation (3)
ACCT-742 Special Tax Topics (1-3)
ACCT-743 International Taxation (3)
ACCT-745 Employee Benefit Tax Planning (3)
ACCT-746 Taxation of Real Estate Transactions (3)
ACCT-747 Taxation of Pass-Through Entities (3)
ACCT-750 Tax Policy (3)
ACCT-751 Seminar in Business Tax Planning (3)
ACCT-752 Estate and Financial Family Tax Planning (3)
The application for admission to all Kogod graduate degree programs and graduate certificate programs is only available online. To begin the application process, please create an account along with a username and password. These credentials will provide access to your online application along with a personalized information page throughout the admissions process.
As you complete your application, we recommend saving changes on each page as you work. Once you submit your application, your responses will remain final, but you can still access your personalized information page to check on missing items.
To ensure that your application receives full consideration, your completed application as well as all required documents and test scores should be on file in the Kogod Graduate Admissions Office by the dates outlined below.
When a decision is made, you will receive an email notifying you that a decision is available. Your decision letter will be available through your personalized information page.
Steps to apply
Create Your Application Profile
Submit Your Application & Pay Application Fees
Submit Supporting Documents
Receive Confirmation Your Application is Complete
Complete your Admissions Interview (if applicable)
Statement of Purpose Essay
Letter of Recommendation
GMAT/GRE Score (optional)
Interview (by invitation only)
Application Fee & Enrollment Deposit
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The Kogod Office of Career Engagement
The Office of Career Engagement empowers students and alumni to build meaningful relationships and careers. We provide the guidance, skills, and networking opportunities to turn aspirations into meaningful outcomes.
Students receive one-on-one guidance on relationship building, transitioning to new business jobs, crafting their resumes, and utilizing social media in their job searches. We also partner with employers to connect them with students and alumni who align with their professional needs.
The Office of Career Engagement helps build the path from passion for success, helping students, alumni, and employers make informed and intentional career decisions.
AU Job and Internship Fair
NACE Salary Calculator
On-Campus Employment for Students
Postings for Graduate Students
Postings for Undergraduate Students
The Kogod Office of Career Engagement will continue to support our students’ career development while maintaining their safety and well-being by moving our services online. To best provide access to our services and resources over the next few weeks, we will implement the following changes:
All career advising appointments will be conducted virtually. Handshake appointment confirmations will contain a Zoom link for your meeting. If you have difficulty locating the Zoom link or scheduling an appointment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
We are moving upcoming workshops online and will update the event details in Handshake accordingly.
Our Employer Relations team continues to work with employers recruiting Kogod students. Handshake will be regularly updated with available job and internship opportunities, and we will continue to host information sessions, panels, and other recruiting-related events virtually.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through this together. Please check Handshake frequently for updates on programming and opportunities. We encourage students to continue submitting applications and expanding and engaging their professional networks. If you need help adapting your career strategy or have any other questions or concerns, please email email@example.com or schedule an appointment on Handshake.
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of incoming students receive aid.
in financial aid awarded to undergraduates per year.
dedicated financial aid staff members. All incoming freshmen are assigned an individual counselor.
Awards go to students with demonstrated financial need.
AU determines your need based on the information you provide on the required financial aid applications.
Merit-Based Aid (Scholarships)
All students who apply to AU are considered for most merit awards, including Deans' and Presidential, on the basis of their admissions application.
Income from work-study jobs is to be used exclusively for educational purposes. Award amounts vary; hourly wages are determined by the employer and job category.
Applying for Financial Aid
Forms to Complete
Apply to AU
Complete the FAFSA
Complete the CSS Profile
What you will need
Financial Aid School Codes (FAFSA 001434 and CSS Profile 5007)
Parent and Student Federal Student Aid Identification
Parent and Student Social Security Numbers
Federal Tax Forms to include W2s, 1099, etc.
Non-Custodial Parent Contact Information