Earn a Master of Legal Studies in Taxation From a Top-Ranked Law School
Designed for professionals who do not hold a Juris Doctor (J.D.), the online MLS in Taxation program allows students to pursue excellence with Washington University’s top 20-ranked School of Law, 1 the oldest operating law school west of the Mississippi River.
Students in the online MLS in Taxation program will gain a specialized understanding of the complexities of tax law, which can help position them for career advancement at their current company or across a wide range of industries. Scholarships may be available for students who qualify.The program can be completed in as little as one year.
Taught by a faculty of tax law experts who bring real-world experience to the classroom, the online MLS in Taxation program equips professionals with a fundamental understanding of tax law, including the procedural and technical aspects. Students will gain critical thinking and analytical skills as well as the tools needed to anticipate and address changing tax legislation.
Graduates are prepared to assist individuals and organizations in all major areas of tax law, such as accounting, government and corporate taxation.
year to complete
credits of electives
Students in the online MLS in Taxation program must complete 9 credits from the general curriculum before beginning the tax curriculum and may choose from a variety of electives to meet their individual career goals. Optional learning experiences allow students to tailor this degree to their specific interests or skill set. Take a look at our course catalog to view course descriptions.
Students can supplement their online classes with an optional externship and faculty-guided research opportunities. Each is designed to provide students with more hands-on experience to practice their new tax law expertise.
We help students find a law firm near their community to complete a 3-credit externship. During this time, students will apply their new knowledge and skills to real cases in the tax field.
This 3-credit research course, supervised by expert faculty, allows students to meet with professors regularly to develop a thesis paper on a tax-related topic that interests them or aligns with their career goals.
Earn your MLS in Taxation entirely online from @WashULaw.
Develop a strong legal foundation and tax law expertise to successfully advance your career. No J.D. required.
The MLS in Taxation program is delivered through real-time classes in HD video hosted on our interactive, online learning platform, Zoom. With small breakout groups and live chats, students can attend online sessions with their classmates in a collaborative environment and complete weekly course work on a flexible schedule while maintaining their current work status.
Students will be given access to two legal research databases used by lawyers and law firms that will help them complete course work and legal research: LexisNexis and Westlaw. These resources provide students with access to legal materials, such as public records, law journals and court cases. Learn more about the student experience.
Classes Taught by On-Campus Faculty
Our renowned faculty members who teach on campus are the same globally recognized experts who teach the MLS in Taxation program online. Professors are dedicated to teaching students how to apply integral tax law knowledge and concepts to real-world situations. Learn more about our faculty.
Careers for MLS in Taxation Graduates
The online MLS in Taxation program prepares students to leverage their new legal knowledge and tax expertise on the job and advance within their organizations and industries. Upon graduation, students will be equipped to succeed in many fields, including legal, finance, business and government. Tax law career paths can include:
Tax specialist government contractor
International tax professional
State and local tax professional
Financial product adviser
Financial tech professional
Individualized Career Support
During the program, students will have access to our career services, such as one-on-one career advising, the Virtual Career Center and networking opportunities through the School of Law alumni network, to help them meet their career goals after graduation. Learn more about career services.
Gain a competitive advantage with specialized tax law training. Request information about the online MLS in Taxation program today.
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