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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

MST 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 51 credits throughout the program.

Curriculum

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

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.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The cost of tuition plus fees for Washington resident grad students in the MST program is $24,999 and $27,381 for non-residents.

Admitted MST students are eligible to apply to the Foster School of Business Graduate Accounting Program Scholarship as well as a handful of other scholarships created specifically for accounting students. MST students are also eligible for private loans.

Career Statistics

An estimated 90% of our students are employed within three months of graduation. The estimated average starting salary is around $63,040, with an additional bonus upon passage of the CPA exams, typically $5,000.

Admissions

Admission to the Foster School of Business Master of Science in Taxation is for Autumn quarter only. We offer admission to those who we believe have the highest potential for achievement in the accounting profession. We select 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.
– $85 application fee

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.

The GMAT is not required but is recommended for international applicants and students who have a low GPA. The average admitted student undergraduate GPA is 3.52

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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