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
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 advisor.
GRE/GMAT scores are NOT required. You can begin your application without the wait. Learn how.
Start with a Graduate Certificate
Not ready to commit to a master's degree? Give online learning a try with the Graduate Certificate in Taxation. This credential requires only 9 credits of foundational courses in taxation, and successfully completed credits can be applied toward your master's degree, should you apply and be accepted into the program.
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.
Information for Military and Veterans
Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, and application instructions.
Note: This program is under review for GI Bill® eligibility, and you may experience delays attempting to use GI Bill benefits toward this program until it has been officially approved.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.