The Master of Science in Taxation is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting who wish to focus on taxation. Students gain skills in identifying, analyzing, and solving complex tax issues to add value for various entities.
About The Program
Offered weeknights in Arlington, the MS in Taxation program is designed to provide high-quality and challenging instruction focused on a thorough understanding of accounting and taxation.
Students will gain the quantitative, analytical, and research skills needed for professional accountants.
Completion of the program requires a minimum of 37 credit hours and will help students meet the educational requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Texas and most other jurisdictions.
The Master of Science in Taxation (MST) is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in accounting or a degree in business administration with a major in accounting who wish to specialize in taxation. The student, with the assistance and consent of the Graduate Advisor, will develop a course of study designed to meet his or her educational needs in light of previous academic work and career objectives.
The degree requires a minimum of 37 semester hours, 27 semester hours of which must be in specified courses in the accounting discipline. Of the required accounting semester hours, 18 of those semester hours must be in specified courses in the area of taxation beyond ACCT 5314:
ACCT 5133 -- Professionalism in Accounting -- 1
ACCT 5319 -- Financial Accounting III -- 3
ACCT 5339 -- Tax Planning And Research -- 3
ACCT 5341 -- Taxation of Pass-through Entities -- 3
ACCT 5342 -- Tax Problems of Corporations And Shareholders -- 3
ACCT 5347 -- Federal Taxation Of Gifts And Estates -- 3
Tax Accounting Electives -- 6
Accounting Electives -- 6
Business Electives -- 9
Total Hours -- 37
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Certified Public Accountant
Why Choose Us?
No. 7 MS Tax program (Tax Talent, 2018)
No. 43 Taxation program worldwide (Eduniversal 2021)
Separately accredited by AACSB
Flexibility: courses offered evenings for working professionals
Blend of technical accounting, taxation, business, and technology skills
Prepares students for CPA certification
Accounting internship opportunities
The Department has two alternative sets of conditions that allow applicants to be unconditionally admitted without review by the Department's Admission and Petition Committee. The Departmental Graduate Advisor reviews all applications and determines if they qualify for admission under one of these two sets of criteria. Applicants who do not satisfy any of the following sets of conditions for unconditional admission are referred to the Departmental Admission and Petition Committee for consideration.
Unconditional Admission without Committee Review
Applicants qualify for unconditional admission without the need for review by the Departmental Admission and Petition Committee if they meet any one of the following two sets of unconditional admission criteria:
Unconditional Admission Set #1: GMAT Condition
Individuals who meet each of the following two conditions are given unconditional admission:
The applicant holds an earned bachelor's degree from an AACSB accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and
GMAT total score is at least 500 with the verbal and quantitative score at the 30th percentile or higher, on both. While the GMAT is strongly preferred, for non-business majors, an equivalent GRE score will be accepted in lieu of the GMAT.
Unconditional Admission Set #2: GMAT Waiver Condition
This unconditional admission set #2 focuses on satisfying any one of the following criteria.
Graduated from UTA or other AACSB accredited college or university within the three years of expected entrance into the graduate program with a minimum GPA of 3.25 in their major and overall;
Graduated from an AACSB accredited college or university with an earned bachelor's degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their major and overall, holds a current recognized professional accounting credential or license (e.g., Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Analyst, Chartered Accountant);
Graduated from an AACSB accredited college or university with an earned bachelor's degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their major and overall, and completed another post-baccalaureate degree (e.g., master's degree, JD degree, LLM degree, MD degree, Ph.D. degree).