MTax curriculum

In only nine months, the Master of Taxation (MTax) degree will enhance your strategic thinking, decision-making, and communication. Courses are taught by a mix of research faculty, former Big Four tax partners, and professionals with substantial experience and expertise.

Explore the discipline in greater depth than you could in an accounting master’s with a tax concentration: Seven of the 10 courses are deep, technical, and tax-driven. Individualized attention and development are hallmarks of the MTax program, with small class sizes, mentorship opportunities with program alumni, and a supportive community of students sitting for the CPA exam while completing their degree.

The W. P. Carey School has also launched a partnership with Surgent CPA Review, providing CPA prep courses available free of charge to all MTax students, meaning you can prepare for and take the CPA exam while in school.

Optional internship track

Consider enrolling in our internship track and showcase the skills you've acquired in the program with a potential future employer while earning some real-world experience in the field or function you're looking to pursue. Selection of this track will extend graduation to August and requires you to secure an internship and enroll in a required 1-credit internship class for the summer following completion of all other program coursework.

Course descriptions

Examine the tax consequences of common types of property transactions and enhance your ability to identify tax issues, locate and understand tax authority, and apply the authority to factual situations.

Develop a working knowledge of partnership income taxation. Topics include partnership taxation, partnership allocations, transactions between partners and partnerships, sales of partnership interests, distributions, and S corporations.

Focus on the role of analytics in the tax function in this hands-on course, using advanced tools and methods. Calculate, interpret, and apply descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics in a variety of tax situations.

Discover principles of multi-state taxation, including the interaction among various multi-state tax issues and federal and state constitutional constraints. This course covers income tax with an emphasis on corporate tax matters, sales/use/gross receipts/excise taxes, and property taxes.

Build your knowledge of individual tax matters, focusing primarily on high-income and high net worth individuals and their families. A case study approach encourages discussions, improves critical thinking skills, and prepares you to communicate in a technical, professional setting.

Master common situations in federal corporate taxation, including shareholder taxation. Explore the tax ramifications of corporate formations, operations, distributions to shareholders, liquidations, acquisitions, and reorganizations.

Explore international taxation from a U.S. perspective, including tax treaties, transfer pricing, and inbound and outbound transactions. Explore current tax developments through cases focused on issue identification, research, professional judgment, and communication skills like those encountered in practice.

Build awareness and critical thinking skills around corporate governance structures, their strengths, weaknesses, and differing ethical norms. Through case studies and relevant articles, you will learn how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics are changing traditional annual reports and the profession.

Address how taxes affect management decisions, strategic choices, asset prices, and the financial and operational structures of firms. Evaluate tax planning opportunities in U.S. and multinational settings and tax disclosures in financial statements.

Analyze financial statements and performance using financial ratio analysis and basic valuation techniques. Learn how changing valuation assumptions influences value estimates and practice methods of communicating your findings.