Master of Studies in Law in Taxation for Accountants and Financial Professionals

NYU School of Law has long been home to the preeminent Graduate Tax Program of its kind. Our curriculum of advanced tax courses taught by the country’s most respected academics and leading practitioners have been offered to law students for over 70 years. The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) in Taxation extends this tradition further, offering the benefits of this curriculum for the first time to non-lawyers in a convenient online format.

In today’s environment, lawyers, accountants and economists interact more closely than in the past. Responding to the growing demand from accountants and non-lawyer financial professionals for targeted legal instruction, the MSL in Taxation is specifically designed to enhance the intellectual and professional toolkit of those who advise on the tax aspects of sophisticated business transactions.

While the MSL will not prepare or qualify students for the practice of law or to sit for any state bar, CPA exam, or other professional licensure exam, it does provide experienced tax professionals an opportunity to study tax law as it is taught here at NYU Law.

The Online Experience

MSL students, who complete the program on a part-time basis, participate in online tax courses by viewing videos of courses offered on campus, interacting with their professors and classmates using online discussion boards, and taking a final exam at the end of each course. Students can customize classwork around their work schedules by watching recordings of the same lectures offered to students in the LLM in Taxation via streaming video at convenient times.

Final exams, while scheduled on particular dates, can be completed on a computer at home or in the office by using a proctoring device.


In most semesters, more than twenty different online courses are offered, including Corporate Tax, Partnership Tax, International Tax, Taxation of Mergers & Acquisitions, and Tax Policy. Intensive modules of semester-long classes are also offered during the summer months.

Recent Courses Offered:

Corporate Tax I

Corporate Tax II

Partnership Tax

International Tax I

International Tax II

International Tax III

Taxation of Mergers & Acquisitions

Taxation of Private Equity Transactions

Estate Planning

Multistate Tax: Sales and Gross Receipts Taxation

Multistate Tax: Income Taxation

Taxation of Executive Compensation

Timing Issues and the Income Tax

Watch an excerpt of a Corporate Tax II course taught by NYU Law Professor Joshua Blank.

Degree and Residency Requirements

Students earn their degree by successfully completing a curriculum of entirely online tax courses on a part-time basis over a period of up to five years. Students who already hold a master’s degree can complete the MSL program in 24 credits; for all other students, the degree requires 30 credits of study.

MSL students are evaluated separately from LLM students and receive high pass/pass/fail grades rather than the traditional letter grades.

Because our online programs are not available in all states, prospective MSL applicants should review information regarding State Restrictions and Procedures prior to submitting an application.