M.S. in Tax Practice - 1-year Program

AACSB accredited, tailored to the working tax professional

Earn your graduate degree from an AACSB-accredited M.S. in Tax Practice program to provide a boost to your career in taxation.  The one-year Masters in Tax Practice Program is designed for individuals without an undergraduate degree in accounting who wish to focus their graduate studies and professional progression in this specialized field of accounting.  If this describes where you are in your current career, than our MS in Tax Practice program is a great programmatic match for you.  The methodology of conducting tax research and the development of your ability to analyze and interpret tax law, regulations, cases and related material, are the central focuses of the program- two critical skills necessary for a successful career in the field of taxation.  Our MS in Taxation program is designed to meet the growing need and demand for tax advisors, consultants, and executives to deal with complex tax considerations involved in virtually every business and financial transaction. 

Choosing the University at Albany School of Business M.S. in Tax Program to achieve your academic and professional success

  • In just one year, the M.S. in Tax Practice program prepares working tax professionals without an undergraduate degree in Accounting to become a highly skilled tax specialists in a wide variety of settings, including public accounting, government, industry and not-for-profit environments.
  • The University at Albany School of Business has maintained a dual accreditation in Business and Accounting through the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), placing the school in the top 5% of business programs in the world.  This distinction ensures that you will receive an education from qualified field experts within a specialized curriculum focused on current and future economic events.
  • Small classes and individual attention from experienced faculty in the M.S. Tax Practice program attract students from a variety of backgrounds including CPAs, attorneys, financial advisors, government agents, and private industry professionals – creating a unique cohort of viewpoints and backgrounds

Setting Expectations – Curriculum and Coursework

The M.S. in Tax Practice program is a two semester, cohort-based, full-time program, with admission during the Fall semester only.

Our challenging program offers courses in state and interstate taxation, corporate taxation, partnership taxation, and estate and gift taxation. The University at Albany School of Business, in collaboration with Albany Law School, offers students the option of taking a tax law course each semester at Albany Law School to satisfy part of the course requirements. Recruiters and alumni strongly feel that this exposure to Albany Law School is unique and sets our students apart from students in other tax programs.

The Tax Practice program is reviewed by an advisory council composed of experts in the field of taxation including representatives from international accounting firms, industry and the Internal Revenue Service.
Courses required to graduate from this program include:

Number Course Credits
ACC 631 Principles of Tax Research 3
ACC 633 Corp Taxation 3
ACC 642 Taxation of Partnerships 3
ACC 694 Seminar in Taxation & Financial Planning 3
  2 Tax Electives 6
  2 Accounting Electives 6
  2 General Business Electives 6
  Total Graduate Accounting Credits 24
  Total Program Credits 30


Let’s Get Acquainted – Ideal Candidates for the one year program

If you are a working professional in the field of taxation with the desire to achieve a higher level of professional and academic success, the University at Albany M.S. in Tax Practice program is the ideal program for you.  We actively seek students with previous accounting or business experience in the field of taxation that have an undergraduate degree in subjects other than accounting. 

  • Admission to the program requires an undergraduate degree (minimum of 120 credit hours) and professional work experience in the field of taxation

If you are ready to join a highly motivated group of graduate accounting students to further your career, apply today online at the Graduate Admissions Office website. There you will be able to apply on-line as well as be provided with instructions and procedures for completing your online application.  We look forward to reviewing your application.

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