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Master
of Science
In Taxation

In addition to the Master of Science in Legal Studies and Master of Science in Compliance Law programs, National Juris University offers a course of study leading to a Master of Science in Taxation. This program is designed for people who wish to work in a setting where they can apply their knowledge of tax law and procedure. NJU graduates will be qualified to work as tax preparers or in advisory roles for organizations that prepare tax returns. They will also be prepared to take examinations to become IRS enrolled agents and/or registered tax return preparers.

The NJU Master of Science in Taxation program is also recommended for paralegals, attorneys and accountants who wish to gain specialized knowledge of tax law, rules and procedures. The skills taught in this program will assist the professional with many types of tax law issues that are likely to arise in a corporate or legal setting. The program focuses not only on tax law, but also on tax procedure and on dealing with federal and state authorities in matters of taxation.

The minimum amount of time required to complete the Master of Science in Taxation program varies with student course load, as illustrated below.

Time required to complete the Master of Science in Taxation program

  • For students taking 3 courses at a time: 12 months
  • For students taking 2 courses at a time: 18 months
  • For students taking 1 courses at a time: 36 months


To gain admission to any NJU graduate program, the student must have graduated from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or foreign equivalent. In addition, the student must have achieved an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Students with an undergraduate grade point average below 3.0 may be considered for admission if they can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the dean, that they are likely to succeed at NJU. Students may demonstrate an ability to succeed with work experience, graduate-level education, achievement of a superior score on a recognized graduate school admissions test, or other outstanding achievements. In all determinations under this paragraph, the decision of the dean is final.

Program prerequisites: In addition to having a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, all incoming students must have completed at least three credits in mathematics or another quantitative area such as finance or statistics and at least three credits in accounting prior to taking his or her first course at NJU.

To earn a Master of Science in Taxation, a student must earn a total of 36 credits, as follows:

8 Core Taxation courses (3 credits each) for a total of 24 credits:

Core Taxation Courses

* These courses have recommended prerequisites.
** These courses have required prerequisites.
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Choose 4 electives from among the following 14 Specialty Legal courses (3 credits each) for a total of 12 credits:

Specialty Legal Courses

* These courses have recommended prerequisites.
** These courses have required prerequisites.
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Students are required to complete a culminating project prior to graduation.


Upon completion of the Master of Science in Taxation degree program, students will be able to:

  • Identify common tax issues in business and individual contexts.
  • Demonstrate advanced professional legal communication skills including appropriate forms of written communication in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Employ advanced professional tax-related research skills, including with respect to both primary and secondary authorities, in both applied and theoretical contexts.
  • Perform advanced tax-related research and analysis in compliance with applicable ethical rules and standards of professional conduct.
  • Develop professional documentation commonly required to demonstrate compliance with applicable taxation-related laws and regulations.
  • Apply advanced taxation principles, laws, and concepts to analyze and address complex real-world challenges, both practical and theoretical.
  • Explain basic IRS practices and procedures.
  • Prepare tax returns for individuals and entities.
  • Demonstrate advanced professional analysis, reflection, and critical thinking skills to analyze and solve complex taxation-related challenges.
  • Evaluate real-world and hypothetical scenarios for taxation-related considerations and from a variety of perspectives.

The MST program does not, on its own, qualify students to sit for any U.S. State bar examination or certified public accountancy examination.