Master of Taxation

Advanced Tax Expertise

Technology is redefining the future of finance, but the analytical and critical thinking skills taught in Portland State University’s Master of Taxation program are impossible to automate. Invest in a career advancement opportunity that ensures future growth.


Summer start syncs your class schedule to accounting recruitment cycles. 


Why the MT


MT Faculty

Tuition & Fees


Consider the facts:

  • The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) indicates a national shortage of entry-level tax professionals with graduate tax education.
  • Tax Manager is ranked as no. 4 Best Job in America by Glassdoor in 2017.

The Portland State Master of Taxation


The Portland State Master of Taxation (MT) is a 45-credit program. Winter term has been structured to accommodate full or part-time employment during tax season.

The Portland State MT is Designed for:

  • Accountants and tax practitioners looking to multiply their career potential
  • Current undergraduate accounting majors considering a career in tax and seeking a 5th year of education to meet CPA requirements
  • Lawyers desiring a graduate tax degree
  • Those seeking a career change, with a bachelor’s degree outside of accounting

Co-Developed with Industry

Both the content and structure of the Master of Taxation have been shaped by direct collaboration with the Pacific Northwest’s public accounting and corporate tax community.

“The vast majority of employers now prefer, or even require entry level tax professionals to have an advanced degree."

- Terri Oen, Tax Partner-in-Charge at KPMG Portland

Flexibility and Connection

Access the program content through a high-touch online learning environment, affording you both flexibility and collaboration. Quarterly on-campus residencies at the beginning of each term deliver a true cohort experience and connect you to peers, instructors and practicing tax professionals.

"We place a high value on students with a Masters of Taxation degree and would be thrilled to recruit PSU  graduates for both our Pacific Northwest offices."

- Brandon Nett, Pacific Northwest Tax Practice Leader, Grant Thornton LLP

Specialized Career Preparation

Build an outstanding resume with an application-oriented capstone project and a remarkable writing portfolio. Professional practice seminars further allow you to forge professional connections, deepen your understanding of tax practices, and expand your knowledge of topical tax issues.

Career visioning tools and one-on-one advising are available to help you define your next step and set yourself apart as a strong candidate in your new career.