MSL in Tax

Eligibility and Admissions Standards

Candidates for the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) in Taxation at New York University School of Law must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US college or university, and must either hold an accredited master’s degree in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, or taxation; or be a licensed US Certified Public Accountant in good standing. Additionally, a candidate must possess a minimum of three years of professional experience working in substantive areas related to federal, state, or local tax issues.

Candidates who hold neither a master’s degree nor a CPA license, but who hold a certification similar to a CPA, and who can demonstrate that they possess more professional experience in substantive tax issues than the required 3-year minimum, are also eligible to apply. If admitted, any candidate who does not hold a master’s degree prior to the start of the MSL program (regardless of whether he or she is a CPA) will be required to complete a total of 30 credits in order to receive the MSL from NYU.

Foreign-educated candidates must hold academic and/or professional credentials equivalent to those required of US applicants. Such candidates must possess the equivalent of a US baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in their home country, and either hold an equivalent advanced degree from a US or foreign institution, or possess the equivalent professional license and be in good standing with the appropriate governing board in their home country. These candidates must also have a minimum of three years of professional experience working in substantive areas related to tax issues.

Admission to the MSL in Taxation is selective, and is based on a combination of prior academic performance and professional experience. Those offered admission will have accomplished academic backgrounds, strong letters of recommendation, and significant substantive experience working with tax issues. Prospective students must demonstrate professional achievement and career advancement. Please note that our online programs are not available in all states, current information is available online, and will be updated periodically as information becomes available.

Prospective applicants with a US or foreign law degree (JD, LLB, LLM, etc.) are not eligible to apply to the MSL in Taxation. Such applicants may refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions to review their eligibility for the LLM program.

Graduates of the MSL program who wish to pursue the JD degree must apply and be admitted through the regular JD admissions process. If admitted, no advanced standing for academic work completed pursuant to the MSL degree will be awarded toward the JD degree.

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