"My position here at PNC was a direct result from having taken the program at RMU. I work with transaction taxes, mainly sales and use, and it was the research aspects of the program that have helped me to advance my position."
–Michelle Dean, Senior Tax Accountant, PNC Financial Services Group
The M.S. in Taxation degree program at Robert Morris University provides a firm background in all of the major areas of federal and state taxation. The program is dedicated to the pursuit of superior professional competence that prepares graduates for careers in both the public and private sectors, including public accounting, tax planning, consulting, and finance.
The faculty will instruct and guide you to become proficient with legal materials, such as the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, and judicial decisions and rulings. The faculty combines an extraordinary commitment to teaching with extensive practical professional experience. RMU’s program, established in 1979, has a reputation for providing an outstanding professional education for business leaders.
The M.S. in Taxation will enhance your undergraduate skills, open new career paths, and increase your earning potential. Professionals with tax credentials are in demand in the traditional tax planning and compliance areas, as well as in business consulting and financial planning. This unique degree is ideal for professionals with backgrounds in finance, accounting, law and business, but students with backgrounds in all areas can benefit from this program.
JobsInTax.com recently named RMU's M.S. in Taxation as one of its highest-regarded Masters in Tax programs in the United States.
To obtain the M.S. in Taxation degree, you must successfully complete 30 credits. Classes are run in four eight-week sessions per year with time away from class during tax season. The program begins in late August and continues for three consecutive sessions through February, when classes adjourn for 11 weeks to provide students a break during tax season. Classes resume in late May, when students return to complete the two remaining eight-week sessions by the end of October.
By taking two courses per eight-week session (one morning class and one afternoon class), you can complete the program in 14 months with about three months off for tax season. Students taking two courses in the first eight-week session and one course per session thereafter can finish in about 26 months with about three months off for tax season each year.
Required Courses – 24 credits (3 credits each)
Introduction to the Study of Taxation
Income Taxation of Individuals
Tax Consequences of Property Dispositions
Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
Income Tax Accounting Problems and Procedures
Federal Tax Practices and Procedures
Federal Estate and Gift Taxes
Federal Tax Considerations of Partners and Partnerships
Elective Courses – 6 credits (select any two 3-credit courses)
Income Tax Considerations of Reorganizations
State and Local Tax Practice and Procedures
Civil and Criminal Tax Investigations and Procedures
Tax Planning Seminar I
Tax Planning Seminar II
Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts
Retirement Plans, Fringe Benefits and Executive Compensation
Federal Taxation of Foreign Persons and Foreign Incomes
Federal Income Taxation of Banks and Financial Institutions
Most of our graduate programs can be completed in 27 months or less, through in-class, online or hybrid study. Take classes one night a week through your course of study. Admission is rolling and classes start fresh every eight weeks. You can also choose to pursue your degree full- or part-time.
Alumni from the RMU School of Business work for some of the nation's most prestigious corporations, including PNC Bank, BNY Mellon, Bayer, UPMC, Highmark, U.S. Steel, PPG, Alcoa, Heinz, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Ernst & Young, just to name a few.
"RMU’s Master’s in Taxation program is all I hoped it would be and more. Filled with content placed into context and taught with an emphasis on understanding the purpose of tax provisions, I am hard pressed to find a more relevant program at a more significant time for our business. It is no small task to bring the large scale into focus without losing the sense of the overall impact. The master’s in tax program makes it look easy." – Steven Franckhauser '14, director, HbK Energy
The 18,000-square-foot School of Business complex, which includes the PNC Trading Center, the United States Steel Corporation Videoconferencing and Technology Center, and The ATI Center, gives the university’s business school its first official home at its campus in suburban Moon Township.
This building features the latest in business technology. Among other features, 12 Bloomberg terminals give students access to real-time financial market data, and a Cisco telepresence room that allows for an immersive videoconferencing experience.
RMU’s business faculty is a diverse group with corporate and global business experience, bringing the advantage of real-world knowledge directly into the classroom. Many hold professional certifications in their discipline, and they guide our students in pursuing professional certifications.
Our faculty members are actively involved with the business community and professional organizations, providing endless educational and networking opportunities for our students, both in and outside of classroom. They also conduct applied research projects on emerging business topics involving our students. They take pride in getting to know their students from day one and in being part of their career path after graduation.
Robert Morris University accepts tuition payments by cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). Tuition payments may be made to the Office of Student Financial Services by mail, phone (412-397-6260), or online via the RMU website at www.rmu.edu. Students should log in to Sentry Secured Services and go to Financial Status in eServices to use the ePay - PayNow option. ePay is available 24 hours a day to process credit card or check payments.
For more information on any of our graduate programs, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 1-800-762-0097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.