Master of Studies in Law in Taxation

Program Overview


Vanderbilt Hall

Capitalize on the flexibility of this part-time online program and customize your curriculum to suit your schedule, interests and career objectives.

You'll be required to take only one course: Survey of Tax Procedure. For the remaining credits, you will choose from a rigorous and diverse set of tax courses to design a custom program that is tailored to your needs. You will take classes with lawyers, see the legal perspectives of complex tax problems, and join the NYU Law tax network.

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 (spring semester) or August (fall semester).

Summer courses are also available for enrolled students.

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.

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.


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


This program is designed for accountants and financial professionals who already hold the relevant credentials and licenses for their field, and who want access to advanced tax law classes to supplement their knowledge.

The MSL in Taxation does not prepare or qualify students for the practice of law, or to sit for any state bar exam, CPA exam, or other professional licensure exam.