MSL in Tax

Application and Required Materials

The MSL in Taxation is a part-time online program, and study may commence in either Spring 2017 (mid-January) or Fall 2017 (late August).

Applying to the MSL program involves the completion of the online application form and submission of required materials by a specific deadline. Some of the materials can only be submitted via electronic attachment to the application form, while others must be mailed. For these reasons, it is important that all applicants review this document carefully to ensure that they are aware of all policies, comply with all application procedures, and submit all required materials in a timely manner.

We suggest applicants print a copy of their online application for their records, and keep a file of all documents submitted with their application. We cannot return or give copies of any part of an application, transcripts, translations, letters of recommendation, or supporting materials. 

Candidates may apply only once for either Spring 2017 or Fall 2017 entry. Only the applicant may complete the application form and author any electronic attachments to the online application. Applicants must certify that this is the case prior to submitting the application. Additionally, all applicants must comply with the relevant instructions when requesting their academic credentials, English language proficiency test scores, and recommendation letters in order to ensure authenticity. Except for approved organizations (such as EducationUSA), the use of third-party educational consultants, services, or advisors is strongly discouraged.

Given the large volume of mail received, we, unfortunately, are unable to respond to requests to confirm the receipt of mailed materials. However, within a few days of submitting an online application, applicants will receive an email providing them access to the Applicant Online Status Check where they may follow the progress of their application. Additionally, applicants will receive a confirmation email once all their materials have been processed and submitted to the Committee on Graduate Admissions for review.  

Application Form and Fee

All prospective students are required to apply via the Graduate Online Application. New users will be required to provide a valid email address to register an account with the online system before they will be able to access and complete the application form.

Applicants may choose to complete and submit the application form during one session, or to save their work on a part of the application form and return to it at a later date. Applicants may log into their account as many times as they wish, but they must submit the application on or before the appropriate application deadline.

Applicants must complete all questions in each section of the online MSL application, and electronically attach their personal statement, résumé, and CPA certificate (if applicable) before submitting the application. Applicants are not permitted to electronically attach additional pages in place of completing the requested information on the online application form. Do not mail duplicate copies of materials which are electronically submitted via the online application.

The preferred method of submitting the $80 application fee is by credit card when submitting the application online. Applicants that are unable to pay the online application fee with a credit card or for whom the application fee would present a financial hardship should email the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Official Academic Transcripts

Original, official transcripts issued from the degree-granting institution for all undergraduate and graduate degrees conferred or in progress are required. An official transcript from each institution attended is required even if no degree was earned and/or credits from the institution appear on another school’s transcript. Photocopies or certified copies of transcripts are not acceptable; all official transcripts must be issued by the institution. Therefore, all applicants are advised to request transcripts well in advance of the application deadline.

The NYU Law transcript form should be given to the registrar, or other central administrative office responsible for preparing and verifying official student records, at previously attended school(s). The form and transcript should be returned to the applicant in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal, or mailed directly to the office of Graduate Admissions. All transcripts must be received in envelopes with the seal and signature intact. If the school attended releases information about class rankings, please ensure that the registrar includes that information with the submitted transcript. Where class rank is not available, the school should submit an explanation of its grading system and the guidelines or regulations that govern it and attest that the school does not rank its students. If a translation is required, the certified translator may break the registrar’s seal for translation purposes, and then should seal the original transcript and certified translation in a second envelope and sign across the seal prior to arranging for submission to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Certified Public Accountant Certificate

Applicants who hold a CPA license are required to electronically attach a PDF copy of their CPA certificate in order to submit the online application. NYU School of Law reserves the right to validate the authenticity of the professional license and/or a candidate’s standing with the governing board at any time. 


One letter of recommendation is required for application to the MSL program. Applicants may submit one additional academic or professional letter if they wish to do so.

The recommender should attach his or her letter to the NYU Law recommendation form and return both to the applicant in a sealed envelope. The recommender must sign across the seal of the envelope to ensure confidentiality. Applicants should not break the seal on the envelope; rather, it should be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The recommender may send the letter directly to the Law School, if he or she prefers. All recommendations must be postmarked on or before the appropriate application deadline.

If a translation is required, the certified translator may break the recommender’s seal for translation purposes, and then should seal the original recommendation and certified translation in a second envelope and sign across the seal prior to arranging for submission to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Personal Statement and Résumé

All applicants must electronically attach to the online application a brief personal statement of no more than 500 words. Applicants may describe their professional interests and goals or, since the Committee does not grant interviews, they may use the statement to describe aspects of themselves and/or their work that are not apparent from their other application materials. Applicants should include their reasons and qualifications for applying to the MSL program.

All applicants must also electronically attach a résumé or curriculum vitae to their application. This document may be one to two pages in length, and should account for all education and work experience, as well as any period of more than three months not spent in school or employed. Publications, presentations, or other career-related information may also be indicated.

English Language Proficiency Test

An English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose bachelor’s degree was not taught in English, or for applicants whose degree program was taught in English but whose degree-granting institution is located in a country where English is not the primary language. Such applicants must submit an official score result from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Information regarding the TOEFL is available here; applicants may only register for the internet-based TOEFL (iBT). Information regarding the IELTS is available here; applicants may only register for the academic version. The Committee does not favor one exam over the other.  Applicants are encouraged to take either test as early as possible and no later than November.

In order to be considered for admission, the Committee requires that applicants who take the TOEFL achieve a minimum total score of at least 100, a minimum score of 26 on the reading and listening subsections, and a minimum score of 22 on the writing and speaking subsections. For applicants who take the IELTS, the Committee requires a minimum overall band score of at least a 7, a minimum score of 7.5 on the reading and listening subsections, and a minimum score of 7 on the writing and speaking subsections.  Applicants should request that the Educational Testing Service issue an official score report of their results from the TOEFL iBT to NYU Law (institution code: 2599). For IELTS test-takers, contact the test center directly and request that your test scores be sent to New York University School of Law electronically. An institutional code is not required for IELTS. NYU Law only accepts scores submitted electronically, and all IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to NYU.

Under no circumstances may an applicant submit a score report directly to NYU Law; only official reports issued by the testing agencies are acceptable. Please do not send photocopies or examinee copies to NYU, or electronically attach copies to the online application. Such copies are not permitted, and will not expedite the review of your application.

Applicants whose primary language is not English must have strong English language proficiency in order to participate productively and successfully in all aspects of the graduate program. Simply meeting the minimum TOEFL or IELTS standards is not necessarily sufficient and will not ensure academic success. In addition to the English language exam, interviews for English proficiency may be required; any such interviews would be conducted in the applicant’s home country.

Applicants who already hold a master’s degree taught in English from another school located in an English speaking country are not required to submit a score report in order to apply. However, the Committee on Graduate Admissions reserves the right to require a score report for the TOEFL or IELTS before rendering a decision.