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Taxation (MSTAX)
Taxation (MSTAX)
Taxation (MSTAX)

Become an expert in taxation

As one of the first master’s programs in taxation in the U.S., DePaul’s MS in Taxation (MSTAX) is the foundation for exceptional performance and leadership in the field of tax accounting. For working professionals, it is structured to enhance understanding and analysis of complex tax statutes, tax regulations, related cases and rulings, and the Internal Revenue Code.

Earn your degree at a pace that works for you. Take one or two classes each quarter to complete the program within two to three years, or go full-time to complete it in one year. Additionally, many students take a quarter off during busy periods, such as the winter tax season.

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Online Degree

The online Taxation (MSTAX) degree program from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business offers small class sizes.  Our online classes feature recorded lectures with a weekly opportunity to engage with your instructor in a “live” virtual session. Tailored to meet the needs of your busy schedule, you'll have the opportunity to engage with faculty and other students through collaborative and engaged learning.

Dynamic connections to Chicago firms

Because of our location in the heart of the city, as well as our professional connections, students in the program are consistently recruited by Chicago’s major firms and organizations, including KPMG, Deloitte, PwC and BDO.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment Quarter Domestic Student Deadline International Student Deadline
Fall August 15 June 15

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, essay, résumé and official transcripts.

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Required Courses

You’ll take eight required courses and five tax electives.

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of Taxation master’s degree graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The median salary for Taxation graduates was $62,250.

Study with tax industry experts

Senior Instructor and MSTAX Program Director Kent Klaus has spent several years helping tax accountants develop their expertise. During his time at Deloitte, he led the Global Employer Services (GES) practice in Chicago. And as a member of Kellstadt's Dean’s Advisory Council, he has directed the implementation of an executive-in-residence program, a student mentoring program and classroom presentations by accounting executives.

“Being alumni from well-known programs at DePaul makes a strong statement about our background and abilities. Our degrees serve as a representation of professionalism and having a desire to provide the best services possible.”

Enrique (MST ’00)

Principal, Lopez & Co. CPAs
Co-founder, LRC CPA Management
Enrique, DePaul MSTAX alum  

Alumni Network

In addition to the wider group of Kellstadt alumni, the School of Accountancy & MIS alumni society—Ledger & Quill—is one of the largest accounting alumni groups in the nation. MS in Taxation alumni achieve some of the highest career advancement opportunities. Students in the program are consistently recruited by Chicago’s major firms and organizations.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Kellstadt awarded more than $3 million to incoming students last year. Additionally, the giving society of the School of Accountancy & MIS gives approximately $25k annually to students pursuing their master’s in Accountancy, Taxation, or Audit and Advisory Services. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact the Kellstadt office at (312) 362-8810 or

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