Master of Science in Taxation (MST)

Suffolk’s downtown Boston campus is adjacent to the Financial District—you can get your MST just steps away from where you’re working. Our courses are taught by true tax professionals, creating a unique, heavily practice-oriented program for students seeking career progression as tax specialists. MST graduates go on to work at Big Four public accounting firms, global corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and municipalities.

FULL-TIME   |   PART-TIME

While earning your MST at Suffolk, you’ll:

  • Learn from a mix of practitioners and accomplished scholars, including CPAs and attorneys who practice in the public, corporate, and government sectors
  • Study from a curriculum that is aligned with professional practice and shaped by the cutting-edge industry trends identified by our Young Alumni Advisory Board 
  • Gain a strong foundation in accounting principles and an understanding of tax law and tax compliance
  • Develop the research skills needed for effective tax planning in today's global environment of vastly diverse and highly complicated tax structures
  • Specialize in large or local firms or choose electives that prepare you for the CPA exam

Suffolk’s MST is designed for those who have a background in accounting as well as those who don't. Whether you’re a working professional or a full-time student, our class schedule is designed to meet your needs.

Why Get a Master's in Taxation?

A master’s degree in taxation is especially valuable in the modern economy. According to the American Institute of CPAs, there is a projected gap in the number of open jobs in relation to the number of qualified tax specialists. This gap exists because not enough students are choosing to specialize in taxation.

According to Glassdoor, tax manager is the second-best job in the nation in terms of compensation per education level attained. Tax professionals with a master’s degree can expect as much as a 5-15% bump in salary over those who hold a bachelor’s degree alone.

MST Program Overview

Suffolk's Master's in Taxation

Qualified tax professionals are always in high demand. Our downtown location is at the hub of the financial district—and within one mile of each of the Big Four firms—providing limitless opportunities for networking, internships, and employment.

In as few as 9 months (full-time) or 21 months (part-time) our MST graduates go on to pursue rewarding and successful careers in taxation. Whether you choose to pursue work in a corporate setting, public tax accounting, or in private tax consulting, Suffolk’s MST gives you the business fundamentals and expertise to stay at the front of the cutting-edge field of taxation.

MST Elective Tracks

Develop your skills further and gain the professional expertise that top firms demand by choosing one of the two concentrations within the Suffolk MST program. Each of these help you gain the skills and knowledge to distinguish you from the pack with a future-focused skill set, while further specializing your knowledge and dexterity for the type of firm you'd like to join.

Large Firm

Dive into the intricacies of federal tax and prepare to work in a large multinational, multi-state firms.

Small Firm

Specialize in the types of scenarios that smaller and local firms, that cater to smaller businesses and individuals, look for.

4+1 Program

If you’re a senior working towards an undergraduate business degree or a recent graduate, you may qualify to earn your Master of Science in Taxation (MST) or in Accounting (MSA) in as few as 9 months, or your MST/MSA or MST/MBA in as few as 16 months. Learn more about our 4+1 programs

Continuing Excellence

We are 1 of only 187 institutions around the globe—and the only school in Boston—to maintain a supplemental Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accreditation for our accounting programs.

MST Group

MST Outcomes

Average starting salary $81,833
Employed within 6 months of graduation* 92.3%
Employed within 1 year of graduation* 100%
Graduates* employed in degree-related positions         92.3%

*Class of 2017-2018 Graduates

Advising & Other Resources

Suffolk University offers graduate students—incoming, current, and alumni—help with navigating financial aid and payments, searching for career opportunities, and building a strong professional network. Our Graduate Student Services team supports you every step of the way with various services including application advising, financial aid counseling, international student resources, and other 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 and other professional skills while studying at Suffolk University.

Faculty Expertise

Program faculty, including Professor James Angelini, have been actively sought out by the media to offer their insight.

Applying to Suffolk's MST Program

Application Deadlines

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.

Application Materials

Cost of Graduate School at Suffolk

Tuition (2019-2020)
Full-Time, per semester
$22,785
Cost Per Credit (2019-2020)
For Part-Time students
$1,519

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

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