The Master of Science (M.S.) in Taxation degree program at Robert Morris University provides a firm background in all of the major areas of federal 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 program has virtually a 100 percent placement rate.
The faculty will instruct and guide you to become proficient with legal materials such as the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, 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 provides you with career flexibility like no other graduate degree. It 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.
To obtain the M.S. in Taxation degree, you must successfully complete 30
credits. Classes are run in four eight-week sessions per year on Saturdays in
downtown Pittsburgh. Two courses are offered per session, from 8 a.m.- noon and
1 - 5 p.m.
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
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
||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
* Please note that TAXN6100 and 6110 are prerequisites for all other TAXN courses and must be taken first.
Program Requirements and Prerequisite Courses
Students who did not complete undergraduate coursework in
certain business areas may be required to take prerequisite
courses. The program director will evaluate your transcript to
determine which courses you need. The following two-credit
Pre-M.B.A. courses fulfill M.S. in Taxation prerequisites:
||Quantitative Skills/Calculus-Based Interactive
||Quantitative Skills/Statistics-Based Interactive
Students who need to spend more time in class with an
instructor may choose to complete an undergraduate course
equivalent for one or more prerequisites. This should not be
done without approval and advisement from the Graduate
Admissions Office. Prerequisite courses may be taken
concurrently with graduate-level courses.
In order to complete the M.S. in Taxation degree in 14 months, students must
take two Saturday courses per eight-week session.
- Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
- Minimum undergraduate cumulative QPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale*
- Minimum undergraduate major QPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Official GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) score not older than five years
Students should submit the following credentials to the Graduate Admissions Office:
- A completed application and a non-refundable $35 application fee. Or apply online for free.
- Official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Two current letters of recommendation.
- Official GMAT score not older than five years
- Current résumé
Tuition information can be found at
Tuition Fees & Schedules.
Offered at RMU's downtown Pittsburgh location only.