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Purdue University Global | MS in Accounting- Tax

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Tax is designed to prepare students for an advanced career in the accounting field. Learn more about the MS in Accounting - Tax program at Purdue University Global.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Tax

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

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Program Prerequisites:

Students who want to enroll in the Master of Science in Accounting program will need to have a bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, business or management from an accredited institution. Or, they must have completed at least 30 semester or 45 quarter credit hours in the Common Professional Components (CPC) coursework to adhere to the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) requirements. Without this, students are asked to take a free Peregrine entrance exam to demonstrate their competency.

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Accounting - Tax at Purdue University Global is designed to teach students the principles, theories, and skills necessary to meet the demands of a high-level career in the field. These include running departments, accounting data analysis, risk management, tax compliance, legal issues, and more. Additionally, the MS in Accounting is offers students the opportunity to study subjects that appear on the Certified Management Accountant examination, the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination, and the Certified Internal Auditor examination. The concentration in tax requires completion of three courses relating to estate and trusts, the IRS, and international tax planning.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

52 credits

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Tax program:

The Master of Science in Accounting at Purdue University Global in 36 core credits in courses like advanced managerial accounting, advanced auditing and financial accounting and reporting. Additionally, students must complete an additional 16 open elective credits, 12 of which must be courses within the Tax concentration in order to complete the MS in Accounting - Tax.

Core Requirements (36 Credits)

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Regulation
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Ethical Issues in Business and Accounting
  • Advanced Managerial/Cost Accounting
  • Corporate Tax Decisions and Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Economics for Global Decision Makers
  • Graduate Capstone in Accounting

Open Elective Requirements (4 Credits)

  • For any Master of Science in Accountancy program at Purdue University Global, students are required to take 16 total credits of open elective requirements. For the tax concentration, 12 of these requirements are tax courses, listed below, leaving 4 open elective credits.

Tax Concentration Requirements (12 Credits)

  • International Tax Planning and Issues
  • Tax Research and the IRS
  • Taxation of Estates and Trusts

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education

Students who would like to continue their education in accounting or tax may be interested in doctorate level degree programs. Examples of programs that these students may choose to apply for include:

  • PhD in Tax Law
  • Doctorate in Taxation (D.Tax)
  • PhD in Accountancy

Career Paths:

The objective of the Master of Science in Accounting with concentration in Tax from Purdue Global University is to create lifelong learners, tax problem solvers, and critical thinkers. Students have the chance to learn advanced research techniques, real-world integration of accounting principles, and global ethical implications of accounting decisions. With these skills, graduates may choose to work as:

  • Forensic accountants
  • Managerial accountants
  • Corporate controllers
  • Auditors
  • Information and technology accountants

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