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The application for 2019 is now open and accepting applications for an April 1st decision date.


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Admissions Standards
Application Requirements
Scholarship Opportunities
Additional International Student Requirements


MT Admissions Standards

Admissions standards for the Master of Taxation are tailored to your educational and professional background:

Student Type Admissions STANDARDS
Accountants and Tax Practitioners Seeking Advanced Tax Expertise

Bachelor's degree in accounting and employment in a tax-related field, a Certified Public Accountant license, or an Enrolled Agent license.

Individuals Seeking Career Change Into Taxation

Bachelor's degree outside of accounting with a 3.0 GPA in the following upper division accounting prerequisite courses*:

  • Accounting Information Systems - Accounting 335
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I - Accounting 381
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II - Accounting 382
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting III - Accounting 383
  • Introductory Tax - Accounting 421
  • Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting - Accounting 430
  • Auditing Concepts and Practices - Accounting 492
Current Undergraduate Accounting Majors Bachelor's degree in accounting prior to starting the program with a 3.0 GPA in upper division accounting courses.
Lawyers JD degree

*To confirm if specific courses you completed can be counted as prerequisites please submit all transcripts to the Graduate Business Programs office ( The Graduate Business Programs Office will review your transcripts and notify you within two weeks.


MT Application Requirements

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Laura Bald, Admissions Manager

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GMAT/GRE not required for this program

Essay Questions (250 words maximum per essay)

Essays are your time to let us know who you are beyond GPAs and test scores. Use this opportunity to provide us with a better understanding of your personal interest, unique background, and overall fit for our program.

  1. Describe your specific career goals and aspirations and discuss how the PSU Master of Taxation ("MT") degree will help you achieve those ambitions.
  2. A commitment to diversity and inclusion is one of the core values of PSU's School of Business.  What does a commitment to diversity and inclusion mean to you?  What have you done in your professional or academic career to enhance your knowledge and skills related to this core value?  What could you do to have a positive impact going forward?
  3. Another core value of PSU's School of Business is to develop and support connections between students, faculty and the community. How would you use your MT degree to benefit your community?

    Additional International Student Requirements

    Note: the PSU MT program does not qualify for the F-1 visa.


    Application Deadlines for Summer 2019 Start

    Applications are reviewed in rounds based on the month they are completed. Completing your application by a specific Deadline Date guarantees you an admissions decision by the corresponding Decision Date*.
    Benefits of applying earlier in the application cycle:
    • Eligibility for a larger amount of admissions scholarships
    • More time to prepare for the start of term
    • Invitations to exclusive events for students

    *Decision dates are based on a complete application. All required materials must be submitted to begin the application review.

    Month Deadline Date DECISION DATE*
    October Round October 31, 2018 December 1, 2018
    November Round November 30, 2018 January 1, 2019
    December Round December 31, 2018 February 1, 2019
    January Round February 1, 2018 March 1, 2019
    PSU Scholarship Application Final Deadline & Graduate Business Admissions Scholarships Priority Deadline**
    February 1st
    February Round February 28, 2019 April 1, 2019
    March Round March 31, 2019 May 1, 2019
    April Round April 30, 2019 June 1, 2019

    Rolling Admissions begins May 1, 2019. After May 1st, admission may be granted if space is available. 
    If you are applying after May 1st, please contact the Graduate Business Programs office
    at or 503-725-8001 to discuss space availability

    **The PSU Scholarships are distributed by the university-wide scholarship system and are awarded separately from the Graduate Business Admissions Scholarships, which can be awarded at the time of admission. It is important to note that our Admissions Team expects to award approximately 60-70% of the Graduate Business Admissions Scholarships to applicants who apply by the February 1st deadline.