The Graduate Tax Program is offered through the School of Law and the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, and leads to the Master of Laws in Taxation for attorneys and Master of Science in Taxation for accountants.
Since its inception in 1987, hundreds of professionals have benefited from the advanced tax training provided by this graduate program, the first and only one of its kind in Maryland.
The Graduate Tax Program was created in response to the increasing complexity of the field and its critical impact on the effective management of business, financial, industrial, governmental and nonprofit organizations. The courses are geared toward tax advisers in the legal and accounting professions and those who are involved in developing fiscal policy and managing public and nonprofit organizations. The program not only prepares students for careers as professional tax advisers, but also sharpens their knowledge and skills through a sophisticated, challenging educational environment.
With this degree, you will be able to respond to the increasing complexity of the field of taxation and its critical impact on the effective management of business, financial, industrial, governmental and nonprofit organizations. The program trains competent tax specialists to serve the needs of Maryland’s legal, accounting and business communities and provides you with:
• a solid knowledge base in federal tax law, including an understanding of tax policies and principles;
• skills to understand and analyze complex tax statutes, tax regulations and related cases and rulings;
• techniques for analyzing and resolving issues involving federal tax law, including identifying problems, researching and locating relevant law, and applying the legal rules to facts to arrive at conclusions;
• the ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, your tax research and analysis to clients, co-workers and the wider community of tax professionals.
Offering the program jointly through the School of Law and Merrick School of Business provides the broad training needed by today's tax practitioners. It also permits lawyers and accountants to interact, providing a richer experience for both. Our students benefit from the caliber of their classmates, most of whom are working professionals seeking career enhancement or advancement.
The faculty who teach in the program not only are experts in tax, but also are experienced teachers who know how to lead students through a challenging and rewarding curriculum. Included among the graduate tax faculty are full-time School of Law faculty, prominent practitioners in the Baltimore-Washington area, IRS officials and judges with the U.S. Tax Court.
To meet the busy schedules of working lawyers and accountants, classes are offered on weekday evenings. Students generally take one or two classes per semester and can complete either degree on a part-time basis in two to three academic years. Regular attendance and active class participation are essential to success in the program.
LL.M. and M.S. students pay the same tuition and fees, which are set, and subject to change, by the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland. Get current tuition information.