How to Apply to the MT

Application Timeline for Summer 2019 Start

The application for Fall 2019 is now open. New students start classes in the summer quarter only. 
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 Deadline October 31, 2018 December 1, 2018
November Deadline November 30, 2018 January 1, 2019
December Deadline December 31, 2018 February 1, 2019

January Deadline

Scholarship Deadline*

February 1, 2019 March 1, 2019
February Deadline February 28, 2019 April 1, 2019
March Deadline March 31, 2019 May 1, 2019
April Deadline 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.

*To be considered for scholarships, the submission of the following applications are required:

  1. Graduate program application 
  2. Scholarship application



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.

 Contact Us:

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Laura Bald, Admissions Manager

MT Application Requirements

GMAT/GRE not required for this program

  • Professional resume
  • Unofficial transcripts/marksheets from each college or university attended
    • If admitted, official transcripts will be required in order to register for classes. View frequently asked questions about transcripts.
  • Contact information for two professional or academic references
  • Application essays (3)
  • Interview 
    • After an initial application review, selected candidates may be invited to an on-campus or virtual interview. An email invitation will be sent to schedule an appointment.
  • $67 Application Fee
  • Meet PSU minimum admission requirements

Resources for International Students

Find information about admissions and visa requirements as well as other useful resources. Note: the PSU MT program does not qualify for F-1 visa.

Essay Questions (250 words maximum per essay)

  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?