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Foster School of Business – University of Washington - Master of Science in Taxation

University of Washington Foster Master of Science in Taxation Program Structure

The Foster Master of Science in Taxation is a specialized 9-month, 3-quarter, program running from late September through mid-June. The University of Washington MST students will complete all 14 courses as a cohort throughout Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. The students earn a total of 55 credits throughout the program.


Foster’s Master of Science in Taxation program offers broad training suitable for a career in public accounting. Students develop strategic thinking skills and learn to use tax law to optimize tax planning and compliance in a variety of areas. The curriculum balances communication, leadership, ethics, and analytical skills with tax fundamentals, policy issues, state and local tax issues, international issues, income tax and corporate taxation.

Every year, from Winter to the beginning of Spring quarter, students participate in a practicum to gain knowledge and experience in the tax field. The MST students, with the help of the United Way, host the UW chapter of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) offering free tax preparation, for the UW community and beyond.

Class Profile for the University of Washington Foster Master of Science in Taxation

Foster’s Master of Science in Taxation program has 26 current students.  The program is split 54% female and 46% male and 16% of the class come from outside of the US.  The average Undergraduate GPA is 3.57.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid for the University of Washington Foster Master of Science in Taxation

The cost of tuition plus fees for Washington resident grad students in the MST program in 2023/24 is $26,472 and $29,187 for non-residents.

The average scholarship award is approximately $6,000. Both merit and need-based scholarships are awarded though those with financial need according to FAFSA are given priority.

U.S. students can also apply for Stafford loans by demonstrating need according to FAFSA

Career Statistics

100% job placement for MST students who actively participate in the recruiting process.


Admission to the Foster School of Business Master of Science in Taxation is for Autumn quarter only. Admission is offered to those who have the highest potential for achievement in the accounting profession. Foster selects prospective students on the basis of their academic achievements, their ability to communicate effectively, and their record of personal accomplishments. Prospective students must additionally have well-developed language and reasoning skills.

The application includes,

– online application
– 3 names of references
– 2 required essays (1 video)
– Resume
– All prior colleges attended
– TOEFL score of 92 for non-domestic students that attended college outside of United States at an institution that does not primarily teach in English.
– $85 application fee

Work Experience is preferred, but not required for admission–work/internship experience in tax and a course in US tax. Once the application has been received, the candidate may receive an in person or online interview.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted through the University of Washington online application by the following dates.

Domestic (U.S. citizens, permanent residents) – February 15

International applicants – January 15

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