Master of Taxation (MTax)

General

Program Description

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Enroll in the Only Master of Taxation (MTax) Program in the Region -- Now with Two Program Options

The Master of Taxation (MTax) program is a 30-36 credit professional degree designed to provide intensive training for individuals planning to enter the tax field and for experienced accountants and attorneys. Students can enroll in MTax Direct or the classroom-based MTax program.

The College of Business Administration (CBA) School of Accountancy offers the only MTax program in the region. The program provides a framework of conceptual, technical, and professional knowledge that helps students develop the expertise needed to examine and understand many aspects of the tax structure. Through an integrated curriculum with an emphasis on tax concepts, substantive knowledge of federal and state taxation, tax research, communication skills, and tax planning, students will develop an ability to identify and solve tax problems.

The Master of Taxation curriculum includes a set of foundation courses, which can be waived for those who have had recent study in the subject areas or for current, practicing CPAs, and required taxation courses.  Students who need to complete foundation courses should take them the summer prior to starting the MTax program.

Accelerated BS/Master of Taxation Program

The Accelerated BS Accounting/Master of Taxation program offers UA undergraduate accounting student at students the opportunity to complete both the BS Accounting (BSA) and Master of Taxation (MTax) degrees in 150 semester credit hours. Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the CPA examination in the State of Ohio and many other states. In addition to a broad undergraduate degree in accounting, Accelerated BSA/MTax students develop substantive technical and professional knowledge needed to function as taxation specialists in the United States. Learn more about the BSA/MTax Program.

MTax Program Highlights

  • Complete the MTax degree in 21 months by attending classes one evening per week throughout most of the program, or in as little as 15 months in the online MTax Direct program. Classes start at 5:20 p.m. and end by 10:50 p.m. An entrance exam (GMAT) is not required for practicing CPAs or for attorneys with at least two years of experience.
  • The curriculum includes 24 credits of required taxation courses and 6 credits of taxation electives.
  • Find out about the rest of the classroom-based MTax Program requirements.

MTax Foundation Courses (6 credits)

For Students With Non-business Undergraduate Degrees - Summer Sessions

Students without an accounting or tax background should begin the program in the summer semester prior to starting the MTax program by enrolling in a financial accounting and basic tax course to gain the requisite background to be successful in the program. We recommend the summer before the start of the program so you do not delay graduation.

International Student Applications

It is recommended that international students apply one month prior to these dates to allow time for admission and I-20 visa processing.  I-20 forms are processed by UA Immigration Services in the International Center, Buchtel Hall. Proof of English Proficiency is required by producing an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score.

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MTax Direct

The University of Akron George W. Daverio School of Accountancy now offers its premier graduate tax program from the convenience of your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Candidates for this program who follow the recommended plan can complete the MTax Direct Program in as few as 15 months.

The MTax offers substantive technical and professional knowledge and skills needed to excel as a tax professional. Although designed primarily for practicing accountants and attorneys, other professionals interested in a tax specialization will also find the program valuable.

The MTax Direct program allows students to be off-campus and participate in live classes. In case a work obligation or business travel conflicts with the live class, all classes are recorded for later review if needed.

MTax Direct Program Advantages

  • Convenience - interactive and delivered live to a laptop or mobile device, with the capability of viewing recorded sessions on demand.
  • Expert Instructors - highly experienced CPAs and attorneys with expertise in tax.
  • Practical Emphasis - practice-oriented, offering in-depth knowledge that can be applied immediately.
  • Reputation - 30+ years of reputation for excellence among employers, and graduates are highly recruited.
  • Flexibility - accommodates the schedule of tax professionals and customizable to focus on a specialized area.
  • Efficient - may be completed in as few as 15 months.

Admission

Admission to MTax Direct requires an undergraduate degree in accounting or a Juris Doctor (J.D.). Individuals without a degree in Accounting or J.D. may become eligible for admission by successfully completing two foundation courses (6200:601 Financial Accounting and 6200:627 Federal Taxation or 6200:531 Business Entity Taxation) before being admitted into the program. The School of Accountancy will offer those classes online. JD applicants without prior coursework in tax and accounting will be advised to take these courses prior to the start of the first term of the program.

Attorneys and CPAs do not need a GMAT score for admission. Other applicants must obtain a satisfactory score on the GMAT for admission. Applicants may substitute a GRE or LSAT score for the GMAT.

Class Schedule

Because of the enhanced nature of this program, the live sessions do not follow the University’s traditional semester calendar but are grouped into five 10-week terms (avoiding the spring tax season). Each class meets one night per week from 6 - 9:30 p.m.

Tuition

Total tuition for the program is $25,000, divided into semester payments. This excludes tuition for foundation courses and books.

Start Dates

  • Fall - August: 8/24/2020
  • Spring - January: 1/11/2021
  • Summer Intersession and 8 week 1: 5/17/2021
  • Summer 5 week 1 and 8 week 2: 6/7/2021
  • Summer 5 week 2: 7/12/2021

NOTE: Summer has multiple terms: Most summer classes are offered online. So International students who want to start in summer could take those classes online prior to coming to the United States for the Fall semester. US ICE requirements expect international students to take in-person courses in the first semester in the United States which cannot be done at UA in the summer.

Last updated May 2020

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