Program Type: Full-time, part-time and online

Audience: Tax professionals who want to enhance their expertise in analyzing the Internal Revenue Code, gain command of changing tax legislation and increase their tax planning skills. Additionally, candidates seeking qualification for the CPA exam who desire a career in tax.

Unique Features:

  • The MS in Taxation is an opportunity to study at a U.S. News and World Report ranked top 40 U.S. research university.
  • For students studying on the Boston campus, weekday classes are held after 5 p.m.
  • For working professional students, there is an option for an abbreviated spring term to allow a pause during the busy tax season.
  • With our MS in Taxation, you will strengthen your all-important network.
  • You will have the chance to network with more than 2,000 alumni working as accounting professionals nationwide.

Class Size: 30-40 new students admitted each year

GMAT Average: 570 for Boston campus students. GMAT waivers are available for those with a 3.0 GPA + a 3.25 Accounting GPA or for those that hold one of the following: JD, CPA, CFP, or Enrolled Agent. Work experience waivers may be determined on a case-by-case basis.

For online students, in lieu of a GMAT score, applicants are required to have 2 years of tax experience or hold one of the following: JD, CPA, CFP, or Enrolled Agent.

GPA: 3.39

Gender Distribution: 42% female, 58% male

Ethnic Diversity: 10% Black/African American, 18% Asian, 72% White

Average Work Experience: 1-3 years for Boston campus students, on average. 9-10 years for online students, on average (2 years work experience is required).

Undergraduate Coursework: An undergraduate accounting major or its equivalent is typically required for Boston campus students. A minimum of one taxation course must have been completed for online students.

Class Begins: Students enrolled in part-time study may begin the program in January, May, or September.

Students enrolled in a full-time study will begin the program in September.

Students enrolled in the online program may begin in any of six enrollment terms throughout the year.

Class Location: Boston, MA and 100% online

Class Schedule: For Boston campus students, classes are held in the evenings Monday–Wednesday (one night per week for part-time). For online students, courses may be taken anytime.

Program Structure: 15 credits of required courses and 15 credits of electives.

Credit Hours: 30 credit hours

Time to Complete: 1 year when studying full-time. 24-27 months when studying part-time. 16 months when studying online.

Graduation: Degrees are conferred three times per year in January, May, and August after students complete their required coursework. The graduation ceremony is held annually in August for all graduates from that calendar year.

Tuition Costs and Fees: Please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and you will find the rate next to “Business Administration.”

Where Do I Apply? Apply for a Boston, MA campus program using this application. Apply for an online program using this application.

GMAT/GRE Required? For Boston campus students, a GMAT score is required. GMAT waivers are available for those with a 3.0 GPA + a 3.25 Accounting GPA or for those that hold one of the following: JD, CPA, CFP, or Enrolled Agent. Work experience waivers may be determined on a case-by-case basis.

For online students, in lieu of a GMAT score, applicants are required to have 2 years of tax experience or hold one of the following: JD, CPA, CFP, or Enrolled Agent.

Interview Required? By invitation for Boston campus students. Not required for online students.


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Download the program overview for our part-time and full-time MS in Taxation programs offered on our Boston campus. It’s time to skill up to meet the demands of this constantly changing industry head-on.

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