Masters in Taxation or MST is a graduate degree program pursued by many accountants who want to specialize in taxation.

While you might already have a Bachelors in Accounting, in order to be considered an expert in tax, get promoted to a leadership position or teach taxation, you will need a Masters in Taxation Degree.

As with any graduate program, it is important to seek admission and attend a school that is reputable, provides quality education for the money and helps graduates land good paying jobs.

Here’s a list of the 8 best Masters in Taxation degree programs in the United States based on TaxTalent’s 2014 survey:

1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Name of Program: MS Tax Program
Name of College: College of Business
Website: https://business.illinois.edu/mst/
Duration: 12-Months (Full-time)
Format: On-Campus (Champaign, IL)
Accreditation: AACSB
Tuition: $40,000

The MS Tax Program at the University of Illinois, College of Business is innovative, highly ranked, 12-month program designed for working tax professionals. It is taught by leading tax professionals and prides itself in offering an intimate group environment for students to learn.

2. DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

Name of Program: MS in Taxation
Name of College: Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
Website: http://kellstadt.depaul.edu/academics/ms-programs/taxation-mstax/
Duration: 18-months (Full-time) and 24-Months (Part-time)
Format: On-Campus (Chicago, IL) and Online
Accreditation: AACSB
Tuition: $45,000

The MS in Taxation Program at DePaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business is rigorous and designed for working tax professionals. The school offers its MS in Taxation program in the traditional classroom format and online for convenience.

3. Golden Gate University, School of Taxation

Name of Program: Master of Science in Taxation
Name of College: School of Taxation
Website: http://www.ggu.edu/programs/taxation/master-of-science-in-taxation
Duration: 18-months (Full-time) and 24-months (Part-time)
Format: On-Campus (San Francisco, CA) and Online
Accreditation: WASC
Tuition: $35,000

Master of Science in Taxation program at Golden Gate University is one of the most prestigious tax programs in the country. Classes at GGU are taught by tax professionals and lawyers who have many years of practical experience.

4. University of Denver, Graduate Tax Program

Name of Program: Master of Taxation
Name of College: College of Law
Website: http://www.du.edu/tax/
Duration: 12-months (Full-time) and 24-months (Part-time)
Format: On-Campus (Denver, CO) and Online
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission
GMAT or GRE: GMAT required (exceptions available)
Tuition: $60,000

Master of Taxation at University of Denver is one of the oldest and largest master’s program in taxation in the U.S. It’s unique in away because both lawyers and accountants take the same classes.

5. Villanova University, School of Business

Name of Program: Master of Taxation
Name of College: School of Business
Website: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/business/graduate/specializedprograms/taxation.html
Duration: 18-months (Full-time)
Format: On-Campus (Villanova, PA) and Online
Accreditation: ABA and AACSB
GMAT or GRE: Accepts both
Tuition: $40,000

Master of Taxation at Villanova University is an interdisciplinary Graduate Tax Program is an evening program conducted jointly by the School of Law and the Villanova School of Business. The program is taught by attorneys and accountants. The school also offers certificate programs.

6. University of Southern California, Leventhal School of Accounting

Name of Program: Master of Business Taxation
Name of College: School of Accounting
Website: http://www.marshall.usc.edu/mbt
Duration: 12-months (Full-time) and 24-months (Part-time)
Format: On-Campus (Los Angeles, CA) and Online
Accreditation: AACSB
GMAT or GRE: GMAT
Tuition: $55,000

The Master of Business Taxation at University of Southern California’s Leventhal School of Accounting is an AACSB accredited program and can be completed in one year. The program is rigorous and equips students with in-depth knowledge of taxation.

7. Fordham University, Graduate School of Business Administration

Name of Program: Master of Science in Taxation
Name of College: Gabelli School of Business
Website: http://www.fordham.edu/info/24011/taxation
Duration: 12-months (Full-time) 24-months (Part-time)
Format: On-Campus (New York, NY)
Accreditation: AACSB
GMAT or GRE: Accepts both
Tuition: $42,000

The Master of Science in Taxation program at Fordham University is AACSB accredited and can be completed in 12 or 24-months. The program is a great choice for professional accountants, attorneys, and business executives who want to specialize in taxation.

8. Bentley University, McCallum Graduate School of Business

Name of Program: Masters in Taxation
Name of College: McCallum Graduate School of Business
Website: http://www.bentley.edu/graduate/ms-programs/taxation
Duration: 12-months (Full-time) 24-months (Part-time)
Format: On-Campus (Waltham, MA) and Online
Accreditation: AACSB
GMAT or GRE: Accepts both
Tuition: $45,000

The Masters in Taxation program at Bentley University is highly respected and prepares students to be professional tax advisers and consultants, tax executives in private and public enterprises, and leaders in the field.

Disclaimer: The above information is for informational purposes only as reported by TaxTalent