Master of Taxation

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Our Master of Taxation degree equips you with tax expertise that is impossible to automate.

Summer Start | Full Time: 12 Months | Part Time: 24 Months | 45 Credits

Advanced tax expertise has almost universal value, and the demand is growing. The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) warns of a growing shortage of tax professionals who hold graduate degrees in taxation.

Portland State University’s Master of Taxation equips you to fill this growing field. Co-developed with the Pacific Northwest’s top public accountants and corporate tax specialists, our master’s degree offers specialized tax education that employers value highly.

Our online format makes the Master of Taxation accessible to working tax practitioners and other professionals with full-time jobs. You’ll build highly marketable tax expertise and develop the judgment that cannot be replaced by tax software or other technology. With our Master of Taxation degree, you’ll make immediate career progress and build a foundation for long-term success.

Master of Taxation: Why PSU?

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  • Professional orientation. The Master of Taxation serves a wide range of professional needs. It supports current tax practitioners and accountants who seek career growth, lawyers and business leaders who need tax knowledge to achieve their objectives, and undergraduate accounting majors who need a fifth year of education to meet CPA requirements.
  • Convenient schedule. Our classes are synchronized with professional recruiting cycles. The program’s summer start gets you ready for fall interview season; the winter term is structured to accommodate full-time employment during tax season; and the spring term begins after April 15.
  • Results-oriented curriculum. You’ll focus on relevant, high-impact subject matter in the Master of Taxation program. Course material applies directly to real-world tax practices, uses industry-standard technologies, and reflects the current state of tax law and the global economy. You’ll move far beyond annual tax returns and gain the ability to analyze tax issues at a strategic level.
  • Career Readiness. Set yourself apart as a strong candidate with an outstanding writing portfolio that demonstrates a level of communication and critical thinking skills that recruiters notice. This is a rare and highly valuable advantage few programs offer. An application-focused capstone project will further enhance your resume and build your professional network.
  • Expert faculty. Our Master’s courses are taught by seasoned tax professionals who have years of experience. Our faculty come from Big 4 accounting firms, regional firms, global corporations, law firms and the government. All are experts in their fields.
  • Rigorous academics. Portland State holds elite dual accreditation in accounting and business from the Association to Advance Collegiate Colleges of Business (AACSB), placing us in the upper echelon of U.S. business schools. We also have a long list of “best-of” honors from U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, CFA Institute and other organizations.
  • High-touch online format. Our interactive online course platform enables you to communicate regularly with faculty and build close relationships with peers. You’ll also spend one weekend at the beginning of each term on our campus in downtown Portland, deepening your connections with instructors, fellow tax practitioners and potential future employers.

Master of Taxation Highlights

  • Offered by PSU’s nationally-ranked School of Business
  • Ranked among nation’s best online business programs by U.S. News & World Report
  • Convenient, flexible online format with one in-person residency each term
  • Unique program schedule synced with accounting recruitment cycles
  • Elite dual accreditation in accounting and business from AACSB

What Can I Do With a Master of Taxation?

The Master of Taxation offers professional development that can be used for a broad range of purposes. People commonly enroll in the program to qualify for job promotions, become better long-range business planners, acquire specialized expertise for a corporate role, offer better services to their clients or even launch a new enterprise.

Participants come from many fields and professional backgrounds, including:

  • Accounting 
  • Tax consulting
  • Corporate finance
  • Law
  • Investment advising
  • Business consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Philanthropy
  • Estate planning
  • Government

The Master of Taxation also serves undergraduate accounting majors who need a fifth year of study to qualify for the CPA exam.

Master of Taxation Learning Goals

  • Critical Thinking: Graduates of the MT program will be effective business decision-makers who are able to critically analyze an economic, financial and/or tax issue and develop a clearly supportable position/recommendation on the issue.
  • Research Skills: Graduates of the MT program will be able to conduct effective professional tax research.
  • Technical Tax Knowledge: Graduates of the MT program will apply the techniques, tools and strategies useful for performing complex tax planning, analysis and compliance.
  • Business Communication: Graduates of the MT program will effectively communicate complex information with a variety of stakeholders to increase knowledge and achieve objectives.