The Master's in Taxation program is designed specifically for online delivery, allowing you to earn a world-class degree suited to your busy lifestyle. With our convenient online platform, 24/7 technical support, and personal advising, you can achieve your educational goals without having to put your life on hold.
All courses are asynchronous, meaning you are not required to log in at a particular time each week. Optional synchronous discussions for Smeal-developed courses will be available for those students who prefer a higher level of engagement.
You can complete this master's degree online on a part-time basis in as little as 21 months.
Multi-Credentialing for Faster ROI
Many courses in the master’s program may be double counted toward requirements for one or more graduate certificates. This allows you to add a respected credential to your resume faster, and begin to recoup your educational investment sooner. The following certificates may be earned while in pursuit of your degree – in some cases with taking little to no additional coursework.
- 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Taxation
- 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics
- 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations
A separate application and program acceptance are required for each credential. Please consult with a program representative for full details. Email us at [email protected].
Required Courses (21 credits)
Electives (select 9 credits)
Students will complete 9 credits of elective courses. A list of elective courses approved to count towards the degree requirements will be maintained by the program office. This list may change over time in response to student feedback and market demand.
Business Analytics Elective Courses
Accounting Elective Courses
Other Elective Courses
Optional Global Immersion Experience
This learning experience is designed to enhance your ability to communicate cross-culturally, adapt to evolving business environments, and manage some of the key risks and benefits of operating on a global scale. The Global Immersion trip may include visits to corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities, as well as meetings with executives and government officials to learn about international business from those experiencing it firsthand in the country you are visiting.
The Global Immersion trip and corresponding course(s) will be offered each spring.* Please note that course work is required both before and after the trip. Online students may pursue the Global Immersion experience/courses in one of two ways:
- Option 1: Take BA 836 for 1 credit in a spring semester. The 1-credit course will include the trip and associated pre/post-work. BA 836 would be an additional credit on top of the 30 required to graduate.
- Option 2: Take BA 836 for 1 credit AND BA 835 for 2 credits during spring semester. Together, the 3 credits will involve more extensive course work in this subject area than just the 1 credit alone and will include the trip. The 3 combined credits for BA 835 and 836 may replace one 3-credit program elective course with approval. Please contact the program office with any questions.
We aim to have enough students across programs to allow students to choose from 3–4 locations each spring. Past trips for the full-time and executive students have included Johannesburg, South Africa; Shanghai, China; Prague, Czech Republic; and Santiago, Chile. The trip choices will be made by the program faculty directors based on global business climate, and corporate and alumni relationships, that will allow for the most fruitful experience.
Please contact the program office at [email protected] for more details, including fee structure, upcoming dates, and locations. Please note that students pay course tuition as well as an additional trip fee to participate in the Global Immersion experience.
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