Master of Studies in Law in Taxation

Admissions Information

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Studies in Law in Taxation.

Key Criteria

To apply, applicants need to satisfy the following eligibility requirements: 

  • hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US college or university; and
  • 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; and
  • have a minimum of three years of professional experience working in substantive areas related to federal, state, or local tax issues.

Candidates with education credentials from outside the US should refer to the International Applicants paragraph below.

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 Master of Studies in Law in Taxation from NYU.

Full eligibility information is available in the Application Instructions (PDF: 339.25 KB). If you have further questions regarding the application process, please contact us at:

How to Apply

You may create an application online.

We will need you to fill out some information and upload several documents:

  • A brief personal statement (500 word limit) about how this program relates to your professional goals
  • A current résumé detailing at least three years of relevant tax experience
  • A pdf copy of a current CPA certificate (if applicable) from your state CPA board.

We will also need you to request that transcripts and letters of recommendation be sent directly to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). For those educated outside the US, we may also need you take an English language proficiency test and have those results sent by the testing service.

Within a few days of submitting an online application, applicants will receive a link where they may track 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. 

Letter(s) of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required for application to the MSL program. More details about the process for submitting these letters can be found in the Application Instructions (PDF: 339.25 KB).


We require original, official transcripts issued from the degree-granting institution for all undergraduate and graduate degrees conferred or in progress. More details on this process can be found in the Application Instructions (PDF: 339.25 KB).

Application Deadlines

Prospective students are permitted to apply only once during the annual admissions cycle (September to June) and should indicate entry in either Spring 2020 or Fall 2020.

  • Spring 2020 Entry: November 1, 2019
  • Fall 2020 Entry: June 1, 2020

All applicants must submit the online application (including the required electronic attachments) on or before the deadline.

The preferred method of submitting the $85 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 Graduate Admissions.

Applications are reviewed only after all required materials are received. Given the short interval between the application deadline and the start of each semester, applicants are strongly advised to request transcripts and recommendation letters well in advance of the deadline. No guarantees can be made concerning applications or application materials submitted after the respective deadline; such applications may be returned unprocessed.

*Your application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. US Eastern Time on the day of the deadline.

State Restrictions

Countries and US states regulate the educational activity which occurs within their borders, including online study. While NYU is able to offer online courses to residents of most states, there are several states and countries where we cannot, or where restrictions are in place. NYU is in the process of joining a consortium which will enable us to offer online education in nearly all US states, though online study outside the US must be evaluated on a country-by-country basis.

International Applicants

Foreign-educated candidates must hold academic and/or professional credentials equivalent to those required of US applicants. An English language proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS) 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. For more information on these topics, including the minimum English language proficiency scores required, please refer to the Application Instructions (PDF: 339.25 KB)

Statement of Diversity

New York University School of Law is a community of remarkable diversity, enhancing the learning environment for all. Those who comprise our graduate student body hail from around the world and bring with them a variety of experiences and viewpoints. As both recipients and providers of the learning process, the Law School has a vital interest in what students bring to the task of educating each other.

To select the most highly-talented and motivated people to take on this task from a pool of well-qualified applicants, the Committee on Graduate Admissions welcomes applications from all eligible persons. We are additionally committed to making appropriate academic accommodation for admitted students with disabilities.

We very much encourage you to take the opportunity to highlight how you will contribute to our global community of scholars in your application to our institution.

Non-Discrimination: New York University is committed to maintaining an environment free from discrimination or harassment based on race, gender and/or gender identity or expression, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, or on any other legally prohibited basis. Inquiries concerning the application of the laws and regulations concerning educational opportunity at New York University may be referred to: Office of Equal Opportunity, New York University, 726 Broadway, 719-721, New York, NY 10003. Telephone: +1 212 998 2370: Website: