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MS in Taxation
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.
Program Type Full-time, part-time and online
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 of work experience is required.)
Undergraduate Coursework An accounting undergraduate 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 semester credits.
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.