Master of Science in Taxation (MST)
Tax practice is changing dramatically due to technological advances and cost savings generated by outsourcing. Once the driving force in the practice of tax, jobs in tax compliance (the preparation of returns) have diminished as sophisticated tax software programs have absorbed a significant portion of the tax compliance function in many organizations. The result is an elemental shift in focus from tax compliance to strategic tax planning.
In our MST program, students not only understand the law and tax compliance, but also delve deeper into the study of tax planning and tax policy. They also develop the research skills needed for effective tax planning in today's global environment of vastly diverse and highly complicated tax structures. These highly valued and marketable skills make our MST essential for a career in taxation.
Courses taught by a mix of tax practitioners and leading scholars—including CPAs and attorneys who practice in the public, corporate, and government sectors—encourage you to leverage your knowledge of tax issues in a global environment. You can specialize in large or local firms, or choose electives that prepare you for the CPA exam. You'll also have access to our EDGE Professional Development workshops. Led by executive coaches and corporate consultants, these workshops will help you build your resume, expand your network, write a cover letter, polish your interview skills, and more.
Suffolk’s MST is designed for those who have a background in accounting as well as those who don't. And whether you’re a working professional or a full-time student, our class schedule is designed to meet your needs.
Program faculty, including Professor James Angelini and Professor Michaele Morrow, have been actively sought out by the media to offer their insight.
- James Angelini offered tips for taxpayers in the Boston Globe
- Angelini also gave his take to the Boston Globe on the impact of the tax bill on home equity loans
- Angelini joined NPR’s Morning Edition on WBUR to share his views on the impact of the federal tax bill on Massachusetts
- Michaele Morrow offered her take on the housing market impact for the Boston Globe
- Morrow also gave her take regarding how much corporations like Netflix and Amazon might be paying in federal taxes to siliconvalley.com.
Commitment to Excellence
In addition to the Sawyer Business School’s AACSB International accreditation, the accounting department holds a supplemental accreditation for its programs. Only 187 institutions around the globe maintain a supplemental AACSB Accreditation for accounting, and the Sawyer Business School’s accounting programs are the only ones in Boston that do. This demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of educational excellence while continually improving.
Applying to Suffolk's MST Program
Fall Semester: March 15 (priority), then rolling
Spring Semester: October 15 (priority), then rolling
Summer Semester: April 1 (priority), then rolling
Learn about the advantages of priority applications.
- Completed online application
- $50 application fee (waived for students who visit campus)
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary education
- Official transcripts for all post-secondary education
- Goal statement (essay)
- Letter of recommendation (learn more)
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic Scores (international students only)
Cost of Graduate School at Suffolk
Full-Time, per semester
|Cost Per Credit (2019-2020)
For Part-Time students
|% of Students Receiving Financial Aid Per year||69%|
|Average Financial Aid Awarded Per year||$22,520|
Advising and Other Resources
Your success matters. Our Graduate Student Services team supports you with advising services and can connect you to a broad range of resources, such as the Career Development Center or the Center for Learning and Academic Success. We also offer you value-added professional development workshops to bolster your experiential education.