Earn a Penn State Master's in Taxation Online
With millions of pages of tax law, regulations, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) pronouncements, taxation is anything but a simple subject. You can gain the expertise you need to become a highly valued tax adviser by earning the Penn State Master's in Taxation, available online through Penn State World Campus. When you branch off into a career in taxation, you serve as a client advocate — someone who promotes tax compliance and limits tax liability in accordance with tax laws.
Early-career students may also use credits earned by completing these specialized taxation courses to meet the 150-credit requirement to sit for the CPA licensure exam.
This program's core course work, taught by renowned faculty from the Penn State Smeal College of Business, explores critical topics related to international taxation, corporate taxation, tax procedure and policy, and more. We take a practical approach, engaging you with course work that integrates real-world case studies. You can develop a transferable skill set as you learn to:
- enhance and broaden understanding of tax law complexities and procedures
- research issues, conduct cost-benefit analysis, and proactively make recommendations to boost profits and ease client tax burden
- help companies see the tax consequences of starting a new division, expanding to a new geographic region, or becoming an international brand
- resolve conflict with the IRS
- effectively communicate complex technical and legal topics
- foster strong client relationships and make strategic business-building recommendations
A Unique Emphasis on Tax Analytics
As business data has become more complex, firms are scrambling to find experts in tax analytics. Depending on the elective courses you select, tax students may also earn the 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics — without taking any additional course work.
By developing analytics expertise in tandem with your tax degree, you gain the technical tax skills and practical experience to retrieve and process large volumes of data to gain better insight into your client’s business. In doing so, you can recommend data-driven tax planning strategies that will further mitigate tax exposure and improve your client's bottom line. View our courses page to explore other multi-credentialing opportunities.
Why a Taxation Degree from Penn State World Campus?
Strong partnership with the Smeal College of Business. You will have access to faculty experts from the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business, which carries the elite AACSB accreditation. Learn more about the Penn State Smeal Advantage.
Flexibility and engagement. Penn State World Campus offers a flexible, online platform that allows you to pursue a world-class education while you continue to gain valuable work experience. You will interact with dedicated, goal-oriented peers from around the world, creating a network of great ideas.
Well-rounded curriculum. The program's tightly focused taxation curriculum will be supplemented with business-related course work to help make you a more well-rounded adviser.
GRE/GMAT scores are NOT required. You can begin your application without the wait. Learn how.
Career Opportunities in Tax
Taxation specialists tend to have a more consistent client base and more predictable schedules with greater work-life balance compared to some other areas of accounting. Program graduates may fill a variety of tax adviser roles with the "Big 4" and other accounting firms, large and midsize corporations, the Internal Revenue Service, government agencies, banks, hospitals, universities, and more.
Who Should Apply?
The Master's in Taxation program is ideal for early- to mid-career professionals who already have a bachelor's degree and possess a background in auditing, accounting, or finance.