The Peter J. Tobin College of BusinessQueens Campus, Online
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business has worked with some of the premier specialists in the field to develop an innovative graduate degree program resulting in a Master of Science in Taxation (M.S.T.).
As the world of taxation becomes increasingly complex and the demand for specialists has accelerated dramatically, tax professionals are searching for a practical way to develop and enhance their skills in response to the challenge. Our tax program enables you to expand your skills and knowledge base relating to tax issues in federal, state and local taxation, encompassing individuals, corporations, partnerships, estate and gift tax, real estate, financial products, mergers and acquisitions, practice and procedure, and foreign tax. There is a special emphasis on developing research and writing skills.
The 31-credit M.S.T. program, offered on campus and online, provides a comprehensive knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code, and administrative regulations and rulings. The tax curriculum equips graduates to enter and/or advance as tax specialists in the profession of public and private accounting, and to serve in management positions. You learn to think as a tax professional and to plan strategies, conduct research, perform compliance, and communicate your findings.
The M.S.T. program requires a student to complete a maximum of 11 courses or 31 credits. Specifically, the curriculum is allocated into three categories:
Technological tools, including online access to major tax services, are readily available to all students.
The M.S.T. program is offered at our Queens campus. You may also elect to complete some of your tax course work at St. John's campuses in Staten Island, NY, or Rome, Italy. The M.S.T. program is also offered through a distance-learning format. The online tax courses are of the same high caliber and are as academically challenging as those taught in our classrooms. Our highly dedicated and qualified faculty includes experienced Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) who hold J.D. and L.L.M. degrees in taxation.
Applicants to the Tobin College of Business Graduate programs* will automatically be considered for GMAT/GRE waivers for the 2021 academic year. Applications with a GPA below 3.2 may be strengthened by submitting a GMAT/GRE score.
*M.S. Finance and M.S. Actuarial Science program applicants may request a waiver to [email protected] after submitting their application, resume, and transcripts. Students who earned their degree outside of the United States must also submit a foreign credit evaluation and TOEFL/IELTS/DuoLingo scores.
This M.S. in Taxation curriculum builds upon your professional knowledge base in taxation, providing you with the advanced theoretical and technical knowledge you need to research tax questions, develop tax-planning strategies, and facilitate compliance in a leadership role.
The student may select three 600-level courses (i.e., nine credits) to advance their studies in taxation or to explore specialized accounting or other business areas (s).
Earn Your Degree Online
Pursue your St. John’s M.S.T. degree entirely online. Our fully accredited Online Learning programs uphold the same high- quality academic standards that students experience on campus while allowing the convenience of taking courses electronically and asynchronously. Professors deliver lectures and post assignments via Blackboard, our electronic course management system. Students use it to attend virtual classes, share documents, take exams, and exchange ideas with faculty and classmates.
A Full Academic Experience
You also enjoy the outstanding resources available to all St. John’s students, including:
Is this online degree equivalent to the on-campus M.S.T. degree offered by St. John’s?
Yes. It covers the same curriculum and is taught by the same instructors, only in a fully online format.
What are the admission requirements for this program?
Your acceptance will be based on the following:
How long will the program take to complete?
The program can be completed in 12-24 months.
Is there a campus residency requirement?
No. The degree is fully online, with no residency requirements or campus visits required.
What is the cost of tuition for the program?
Program tuition for the current academic year is $1,280 per credit hour.
Learn more about tuition and fees by visiting our Tuition page.
Is the program accredited?
Yes. the M.S.T. program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
What will I learn in the program?
In the M.S.T. program, you will learn how to:
What differentiates this program different from others?
The St. John’s University online M.S.T. degree program is distinguished by its:
Are there set times to attend my classes?
No. You will have specific assignment deadlines and test dates, but you can complete your online coursework at times that are convenient for you.
How do I begin the application process?
You can start your application online or visit the Admission page for a list of the materials you will need to submit for application.
Please see a list of our Accountancy faculty specializing in taxation.
Opportunities for Accounting and Tax Professionals
The admission requirements to the M.S.T. permit you to substitute examination results in lieu of the GMAT, if you have successfully completed the uniform CPA examination or an equivalent examination. For licensed CPAs, the tax (and accounting) courses taken during your studies will fulfill your continuing professional education (CPE) requirements while you earn your graduate degree. If you have an undergraduate degree in accounting, you can use the M.S.T. degree to meet the 150-hour requirement for CPA licensing in New York State.
All applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or the international equivalent prior to enrollment at the graduate level.
In addition to the application form and non-refundable application fee candidates should submit the following:
* Applicants to the Tobin College of Business Graduate programs** will automatically be considered for GMAT/GRE waivers once they submit their application, transcript, and resume for the 2021 academic year. International Students should also submit the foreign credit evaluation and TOEFL/IELTS scores. Once complete, please email [email protected] to request waiver consideration.
** MS Finance and MS Actuarial Science applicants are required to submit the GMAT/GRE
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Office of Graduate Admission
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
You may combine an M.S.T. with the M.B.A. in Accounting. By combining programs, you can reduce the total number of courses required for each degree. Other graduate programs offered by the Department of Accounting and Taxation include a Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.), the Master of Science in Advisory and Assurance Services, the Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management, and the Master of Business Administration in Accounting. In conjunction with the School of Law we offer special dual degree programs leading to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and an M.S.A. degree, or alternatively a J.D. degree and an M.B.A. degree in accounting.
The Master of Science in Taxation from The Peter J. Tobin College of Business enables graduates to meet the demand for advanced tax specialists in public accounting and for corporate managers in the tax area.
The program is designed to prepare students for tax positions in settings that include accounting and tax firms, state or federal government entities, and public or private corporations. The degree also positions students with previous experience in taxation for advancement into leadership positions in the tax industry.
Students will graduate ready to succeed in taxation careers that will continue to post strong job growth as organizations continue to need savvy professionals with the ability to help them navigate complex and fast-changing tax codes and regulations.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for accountants and auditors will grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average profession. This growth will result in an estimated 142,400 new jobs in the field.
Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. This expected growth will result in the addition of about 632,400 new jobs.
The M.S. in Taxation will prepare you for job titles that include:
The M.S. in Taxation makes you employable in a variety of dynamic, high-paying roles. Below are a few representative positions listed with their median salaries:
In addition to building valuable skills, an M.S.T. degree from St. John’s also gives you access to a wide range of career services resources and links to industry and professional groups. We also have an extensive, supportive alumni network that is well-represented in the "Big Four" accounting firms and other top employers. Our alumni from the Peter J. Tobin College of Business have an outstanding track record of success. Just a few of the top employers that have hired our graduates include:
*all figures from PayScale.com, all except Chief Financial Officer accessed at http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Taxation_(MTax)/Salary on 3/6/17
**accessed at http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chief_Financial_Officer_(CFO)/Salary on 3/6/17
For additional information on the Master of Science in Taxation, please contact the faculty program director: