Master of Studies in Law in Taxation

Program Overview


Flexible Schedule and Customizable Curriculum

The Master of Studies in Law in Taxation is a part-time online program that offers maximum flexibility in developing a program of study that best suits your career objectives and organizational needs. Students must only take one required course: “Survey of Tax Procedure.”  For the remaining credits of the program, students can custom design the focus of their degree by selecting from NYU Law’s rigorous and diverse set of tax courses.  While the Master of Studies in Law in Taxation 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, graduates gain the same knowledge and network as their legal counterparts.

Program Format

The Master of Studies in Law in Taxation is a part-time online degree. Students select courses based on personal learning goals and professional objectives.

Program Length

24-30 credits, in as little as 2 years. Students have up to 5 years to complete the degree.

Program Start

January 2020 (spring semester)

August 2020 (fall semester)

Summer courses are also available

Online Learning

Students 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 an online proctoring service and exam software.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2020 Entry: November 1, 2019

Fall 2020 Entry: June 1, 2020


Prospective students should hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US college or university, as well as either an accredited master’s degree in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, or taxation; or be a licensed US Certified Public Accountant in good standing. In addition, a candidate must possess a minimum of three years of related professional experience. Students with equivalent non-US credentials may also apply. View full eligibility information (PDF: 339.25 KB).


For a complete schedule of fees, please visit the Bursar’s website.

Program Final Project

Students complete a final written project which addresses a timely tax law or policy topic.

As with course selection, students have the opportunity to choose a topic based on their area of interest from several different tax subject areas (e.g., business taxation, international taxation, and estate planning or tax controversy). This project offers students an opportunity to apply their learning in a practical and valuable context.