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Accelerated BS Accounting/Master of Taxation

The Accelerated BS Accounting/Master of Taxation program, the only one of its kind in the State of Ohio, offers students who wish to pursue a professional career in taxation the opportunity to complete both the BS Accounting (BSA) and Master of Taxation (MTax) in 150 semester credit hours. Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the CPA examination in the State of Ohio and many other states. In addition to a broad undergraduate degree in accounting, Accelerated BSA/MTax students develop substantive technical and professional knowledge needed to function as taxation specialists in the United States.

The University of Akron also offers the highly attractive joint JD/MTax degree. This means that students with an interest in law will have the option to combine the Accelerated BSA/MTax with the JD. With careful planning students may be able to complete the JD/MTax in as little as three years beyond the BS Accounting degree. An outline of the Accelerated BSA/MTax curriculum appears below. Because graduate taxation courses are offered only once per academic year, students must follow that outline in order to graduate in a timely manner.

Features of the MTax program include course taught by experts with significant tax experience, emphasis on tax practice, courses meet during the evening, and exceptional reputation among employers. Graduates of the program are highly recruited.

Eligibility requirements for graduate portion of BSA/MTax:

  • Completion of an internship in taxation or equivalent.
  • Earn at least a B in 6200:301 Cost Management and Control, 6200:320 Accounting Systems and Internal Control, 6200:321 Financial Reporting and Analysis I, 6200:322 Financial Reporting and Analysis II, 6200:330 Contemporary Federal Taxation, and 6200:431 Business Entity Taxation.
  • Earn an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in accounting courses, in business courses, and in all University of Akron courses
  • Apply and be accepted into Graduate School no later than the middle of the spring semester of the senior year
  • The GMAT is not required for students who satisfy the other Accelerated BSA/MTax admission requirements.

Program Structure - 30 credits

Summer Year I

  • 6200:629 Tax Crimes and Forensics* (3 credits)
  • 6200:662 S Corp Taxation* (3 credits)

Fall Year I

Spring Year I

  • 6200:632 Taxation of Transactions in Property (3 credits)
  • 6200:641 Taxation of Partnerships (3 credits)
  • 6200:648 Tax Policy & Ethics (3 credits)
  • 6200:649 State & Local Taxation (3 credits)

Students must have graduate status to take those courses in their senior year of the BSA. Graduate status is also required for other courses listed above, which students will take in the Accelerated BSA/MTax program.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School application and fee
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • GMAT (score of 500 or better preferred), GRE, LSAT, PCAT, or MCAT scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume

Application Deadline

  • July 15 for Fall enrollment
  • November 15 for Spring enrollment
  • April 15 for Summer enrollment

International Student Applications

It is recommended that international students apply one month prior to these dates to allow time for admission and I-20 visa processing. I-20 forms are processed by UA Immigration Services in the International Center, Buchtel Hall, Suite 202. Proof of English Language Proficiency is required by producing an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score.

Students currently admitted to this program may have different course requirements than those listed here. Refer to your official Program Checklist and DPR in My Akron for your program requirements.

Degree Offered: MTax Master of Taxation

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