Business: Taxation, MTax

Master of Taxation

About the Degree

The College of Business Administration (CBA) School of Accountancy offers the only MTax program in the region. The program provides a framework of conceptual, technical, and professional knowledge that helps students develop the expertise needed to examine and understand many aspects of the tax structure. Through an integrated curriculum with emphasis on tax concepts, substantive knowledge of federal and state taxation, tax research, communication skills, and tax planning, students will develop an ability to identify and solve tax problems.

The MTax curriculum consists of 24 credits of required taxation classes and six credits of elective classes in specialized taxation areas. Students may use the six credits of electives to focus their taxation studies in areas that fit their interests.

Students with an interest in both law and taxation may consider the highly attractive joint Juris Doctor (J.D.)/MTax degree, which provides a specialized graduate education in taxation by adding the equivalent of only one semester to the time that it normally takes to complete the J.D. program.

Students in the MTax study tax research methods, corporate tax, partnership tax, state and local tax, tax policy and ethics, international tax, risk and uncertain tax positions, and tax accounting methods.

Salary and Career Outlook

Graduates from the MTax program work as tax specialists in public accounting, industry and government. They help businesses and individuals comply with tax laws and regulations, address tax litigation issues, lead tax planning activities, assist with corporate strategy, and help clients with addressing disputes that involve the IRS or state/local agencies. Demand for tax specialists with MTax degrees is high and should be buoyant for the foreseeable future.

Starting salaries for entry-level tax specialists with the MTax Degree is between $50,000 and $60,000 per year, depending on prior experience.

Why Akron?

The Master of Taxation is the only program of its type offered through an AACSB accredited School of Accountancy in the State of Ohio. Full-time students may complete the program in two semesters (Fall and Spring). Part-time students who take two classes per semester and in summers may complete the program in as few as 21 months. Students may complete the online version of the program, the MTax Direct, in as few as 15 months and they do not attend classes during the traditional busy tax season. Additionally, the MTax Direct is the only Master of Taxation program nationally with an international tax emphasis.

We prepare students to become competent, responsible tax professionals and business leaders. All who are eligible for employment have full-time jobs related to their area of study after graduation. Employers include:

  • BDO
  • CBIZ
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Goodyear
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • McGladrey
  • Plant Moran
  • J M Smucker

Contact Information

For more information please contact:

Graduate Programs in Business

College of Business Administration

259 South Broadway

The University of Akron

Akron, Ohio 44325-4805

(Phone)  330.972.7043