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Thank you for your interest Applying to our MS in Taxation takes time, but it's the crucial next step in your career. Our Admissions Committee carefully considers everything you submit with your application—from academic achievement and leadership qualities to the professional experiences you'll bring to the classroom. We want your application process to go smoothly. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have.

We are seeking ambitious tax professionals who want to advance their careers and are eager to emerge as leaders in the field. Our ideal candidates will value interactions with industry experts and be ready to apply what they learn in the classroom to real world situations.

— Julie Chasse
Director, Graduate School of Professional Accounting


How to Apply

The Admissions Committee will review your application when you have submitted the following materials.

All Applicants

International Applicants

Please see additional requirements

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Application Form

Complete the online application form by the appropriate deadline. Please use this application for the Boston campus program and this application for the online program.

Application Fee

Your nonrefundable $100 application fee, to be paid electronically by credit card, is due when you submit your online application.

Personal Statement

Please include your name and essay question on each page of your personal statement. It should be presented in 12-point size font, double-spaced. Discuss both your short-term and long-term professional goals. Describe what challenges you may face as well as how your previous experiences will help contribute to your future success. Your answer should highlight why you have decided to pursue your MS in Taxation and how you feel a Northeastern degree will help you achieve success. Upload your personal statement as a PDF or Word document into your online application.

Current Résumé

Submit a professional résumé that lists your work history, beginning with your most recent experience. Please include awards or other recognition you may have received for work, community service, or other accomplishments. Upload your résumé as a PDF or Word document in your online application.

Two Letters of Professional Recommendation

Register your recommenders in your online application so that they may submit their evaluations online. We suggest that you obtain recommendations from individuals (such as current or recent managers) who have directly supervised your work and can assess your ability and potential to succeed in a rigorous business school program and achieve career success.

Applicants without work experience: Both of your recommendations may be from your professors.

Academic Transcript(s)

Upload scanned copies of your academic transcripts from each degree-granting postsecondary institution (undergraduate and graduate) attended. Please do not submit academic records from your secondary school or high school.

We follow an online application review process so please do not send your paper transcriptions or certified evaluations to our office unless you receive a request from us to do so. The Admissions Committee will review your scanned transcriptions, which are considered unofficial at this stage of the application process.

Submitting Official Transcripts and Test Results

Once admitted, students will be required to submit official paper transcripts (directly from each academic institution attended)—or, if applicable, certified evaluations for institutions from outside the United States from WES or CED—and official test scores before being eligible to enroll. Northeastern University reserves the right to revoke any offer of admission if there is any discrepancy between the unofficial (including scanned transcripts) and official transcripts submitted.

Multiple Transcripts

If you were a transfer, study-abroad, or exchange student, you must include scanned copies of transcripts from all institutions attended, even if some of your courses appear on multiple transcripts. If you are a current student, please include a list of your current classes even if you have not received your final grades.

Applicant's agreement

Please read and sign the Applicant’s Agreement attesting to the authenticity and truthfulness of your work before submitting your online application.

GMAT or GRE Results

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. Work experience waivers may be determined on a case-by-case basis. Enter your scores and upload a scanned copy of your unofficial test results as a document in your online application. Please request that your official scores be sent to us. The current version of the GMAT includes a section for “Integrated Reasoning.” We accept current as well as previous versions of the GMAT.

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.

D'Amore-McKim School of Business MS in Taxation Program Codes
  • GMAT: 276-QH-18
  • GRE: 6925

Copy of US Permanent Residency Card (if applicable)

If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you must submit a copy of the front and back of your permanent residency (Green) card. Upload a scanned copy into the Supplemental Section of your online application.


Application Deadlines

The MS in Taxation program starts in January, May, and September on our Boston campus and 6 times per year for our online students. Our application dates are as follows. We will review all applications received after the final deadline on a rolling basis.

Boston Campus Application Deadlines
Application Due Date Start Date
April 10 May
August 10 September
December 10 January
Online Application Deadlines
Application Due Date Start Date
December 17, 2018 January 7, 2019
January 21, 2019 February 11, 2019
April 8, 2019 April 29, 2019
May 21, 2019 June 10, 2019
August 6, 2019 August 26, 2019
September 16, 2019 October 7, 2019


Admissions Policies

  1. Each applicant may be considered for only one graduate business degree program per academic year.
  2. All applications (including supporting documents) must be submitted online.
  3. Each applicant is responsible for completing his/her own application and ensuring that the information and material submitted is truthful. Northeastern reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission made to any applicant whose work or any part of the application is found to be false or inauthentic.
  4. Each submitted application (along with supporting materials) becomes the property of Northeastern University and is nonreturnable.
  5. Because of the volume of applications, we are not able to provide feedback to candidates who are not offered admission.
  6. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assume the costs of verifying and/or authenticating any documents associated with the application.
  7. Interviews are available by invitation only.


Policy On Equal Opportunity

Northeastern University is committed to providing equal opportunity to students and employees, and to eliminating discrimination when it occurs. In furtherance of this commitment, Northeastern University strictly prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed, genetic information, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, and veteran or disability status. All forms of discrimination or harassment within the University community are unacceptable and will be sanctioned appropriately. Further, University policy and applicable law prohibit retaliation against those who, in good faith, bring or cooperate in the investigation of complaints of discrimination or harassment. The University’s nondiscrimination policies and related grievance procedures are available online and in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Inquiries regarding the University’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to:

Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
125 Richards Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
P: 617.373.2133
F: 617.373.4146
E: diversity@northeastern.edu