Become a Master in Taxation
- $627/credit (36 credits total)
- Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
- Continue your path toward a CPA
- Program accredited by ACBSP
- Alignment with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA™)
- Enrolling accounting students since 1932
Master’s in Taxation Online Concentration Overview
Gain expertise in tax rules and enhance your Master of Science (MS) in Accounting with a concentration in Taxation from Southern New Hampshire University.
The focused taxation curriculum will introduce you to key concepts, rules and practices in income taxation for individuals, corporations and partnerships, as well as excise tax on estates and goods.
Tax accountants aren’t hired simply for their ability to prepare tax returns. Businesses and individuals rely on them as experts in a complex, high-stakes subject. Taught by professionals in the field, the interactive master's in taxation degree program is designed to prepare you to meet the growing demand in the workplace for highly skilled accountants.
Learn how to:
- Understand tax law, auditing and financial reporting
- Gain the analytical and technical skills companies and municipal agencies require in their accounting professionals
- Build the foundation you need to launch your career in this high-demand accounting specialty
- Work towards preparation for the Uniform CPA (certified public accountant) Exam
The Internal Revenue Code is complicated and changes every year. That's why individuals and businesses rely on tax accountants who are expertly trained to navigate the tax code to ensure compliance.
"Noncompliance with code can result in fines and more serious consequences," said Mona Stephens, CPA, MSA and accounting faculty lead at SNHU. "In fact, Al Capone went to prison not for his organized crime dealings, but for tax evasion."
But what does a taxation concentration mean for your career path? Specializing your skill set in taxation could help prepare you to counsel individuals, corporations or nonprofits by helping them understand how to best manage their financial decisions in preparation for year-end taxes. Or, you could put your knowledge to work in the compliance and enforcement side of taxes investigating and uncovering potential tax fraud. Either way, you'll learn how to keep up with annually changing tax codes while becoming adept at communicating and working with clients.
Overall, accounting can be a lucrative job. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants and auditors had a median annual pay of $73,560 in 2020.1
Many people in the taxation field work in federal government, litigation and valuation, investment funds, forensic tax and tax fraud. Our master's in taxation online degree was built to prepare you to take your career to the next level in middle and senior management roles including:
- Tax advisor. Help individuals and business avoid overpaying taxes. From knowing which deductions are available, to advising on ways to minimize tax liability in the future, tax advisors play an important role in tax strategy.
- Tax manager. Be the point-person on your tax accountant team. On top of providing clients with advisement and ensuring their taxes are within compliance, you'll supervise other tax staff in your company.
- Tax auditor. Examine financial records to evaluate whether or not they comply with tax laws. You'll have responsibilities such as conducting audits to identify what taxes are owed.
- Financial investigator. Much like the tax auditor, you'll be examining financial records, but as a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service. Your master's in taxation will lay a great accounting foundation, but as a sworn law enforcement officer, you'll need more training from the IRS.
- Tax law advisor. With your specialized knowledge in taxation, you could work in court, advising judges in cases concerning tax law. You'll do research and give advice as an expert in your field.
If the role you're after requires you have your CPA license, you're in luck. Our MS in Accountingwith a concentration in Taxation program curriculum aligns with the Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSOs) set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and fulfills the educational requirements for CPA exam eligibility in most states.
That's exactly what Lin Woolsey '20 needed in a program.
"I needed the education and the credits to sit for the CPA exam," she said, noting that she also wanted "a curriculum that aligns with AICPA."
Woolsey has since earned the CPA credential.
Note: Students cannot earn CPA certification simply by earning a college degree. If you wish to follow the traditional CPA track upon graduation, you'll need to verify you meet all requirements to sit for the exam. Licensing requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state to state. See CPA requirements by state on our licensure and certification disclosure page.
Master's in Taxation Courses & Curriculum
The online master's in accountingcurriculum is designed to provide you with practical knowledge in auditing, advanced financial reporting, business law, ethics, communication and research. When you add the taxation concentration to your program, you'll go beyond basic individual and corporate taxes and learn about estate and gift taxes, how to conduct tax research and special tax issues.
In the tax concentration, you'll take courses that cover individual income tax, corporate tax, tax research, international tax and flow-through entities. You'll learn how various business entities are taxed, how U.S. tax laws affect people and companies outside the country and more.
"I loved the intermediate/advanced accounting and taxation classes," said Lin Woolsey '20. "The accounting knowledge is useful at work while the taxation knowledge is helpful with my personal tax return."
The MS in Accounting with a concentration in Taxation is a 12-course program, with 9 courses in the major. The taxation concentration is made up of 3 tax-focused courses that will help you specialize your knowledge and skills:
- Estate and Gift Taxation. Learn about federal taxation of large gifts throughout life and also property transfers upon death. Using relevant statutes, regulations and case law, you'll develop different estate and gift planning strategies.
- Tax Research Methodology. Examine the methods and techniques used in federal tax research. You'll also learn rules and procedures for representing clients during IRS review.
- Special Topics in Taxation. Study special topics in federal taxation. You'll explore major contemporary problem areas of taxation in the U.S.
These courses are designed to give future tax accountants a strong foundation in all aspects of U.S. taxes. You'll have the opportunity to demonstrate your learning via case studies and projects. This work includes researching issues for tax clients and making tax planning recommendations.
Because tax law changes each year, it’s not always immediately clear how a particular tax provision should be applied. This is why you'll also learn how to research tax law and then propose a solution using your findings.
Our master's in taxation online curriculum aligns with the Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSOs) set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). As such, the MS in Accounting with a concentration in Taxation fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the CPA examin most states. Additionally, material covered in the taxation concentration will help prepare you for many concepts, including the regulation section of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination.
While we enroll students with all kinds of undergraduate degrees, you might need to take some foundation courses before getting into the core master's in taxation courses.
If you did not earn your bachelor's degree in accounting, you may need to take these foundational accounting courses:
- Cost Accounting
- Financial Reporting I, II and III
- Federal Taxation of Individuals
If you do not have a bachelor's in businessor accounting, you may need to take these business foundation courses:
- Mathematics and Statistics for Business
- Economics for Business
- Financial Reporting and Analysis
Through these courses, you'll learn the basic accounting and business concepts you need to succeed. With this solid accounting and business foundation, you'll be ready to build your expertise as you complete the master's in taxation online program.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
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(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)