Master of Science in Taxation Program Details
Program/major student learning outcomes:
- Graduating MST students demonstrate competency and knowledge in applying tax law to develop suitable strategies.
- Graduating MST students are able to analyze and propose solutions to ethical problems in tax practice.
- Graduating MST students demonstrate competency in conducting tax research using both electronic and web based research tools.
- Graduating MST students demonstrate competency in analyzing and communicating solutions to tax problems.
- Graduating MST students are able to work effectively in teams to identify relevant issues and form conclusions.
Procedure for Admission
All applicants must submit the following:
- A completed graduate application form.
- A non-refundable application fee of $40 is required from
all applicants (except BU alums).
- Official report of GMAT scores mailed directly to Bellarmine. The GMAT requirement is waived for attorneys, CPAs, CFPs, or students with a graduate degree from an
accredited college or university.
- Two letters of recommendation (included in packet). In general, recommendations from persons who are able to evaluate either academic or professional potential are
the most valuable.
- Current resume.
- A type written response to the two essay questions listed on the application.
- If your undergraduate degree is from an international institution, you were born outside the United States, or
English is your second language, you will be required to submit an official TOEFLiBT (internet-based test) score
and receive a total score of 80 or higher. We will also consider an equivalent score on the IELTS or MELAB
tests. The Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee reserves the right to require a TOEFL score from
- Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission
and not be marked “Issued to Student”.
- IIf any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) are from an international institution you must provide an official
copy of a third party course by course credential evaluation. The following organizations offer this service and
information regarding processes and fees are available at: www.aacrao.org, www.wes.org, and www.ece.org. The
Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s).
Please complete the items above under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:
U.S. law requires financial statements from a bank or other financial institution certifying the student’s ability to fund the cost of attendance for one academic year minus the amount of any scholarship dollars received. Figures should be in U.S. dollars and must be certified as an official document by the bank or financial institution. A sponsor may be used if the sponsor attaches a signed affidavit stating that he/she will financially support the student until completion of a degree at Bellarmine University. If a sponsor is used, the sponsor’s bank statement should accompany the letter. The amount that would need to be shown is $46,662. This amount includes tuition and fees associated with the program and an average cost for living expenses, books, supplies, health insurance, transportation and personal expenses.
All application materials should be mailed directly to:
Office of Graduate Admission
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205
The tax faculty provides a balance between theory and practice. They bring outstanding academic credentials, superior research and publication records, and strong professional backgrounds to the classroom. All full-time tax faculty hold law degrees/LLMs or PhDs in Accounting and some are also CPAs. They are professionally active within the field as members of various legal and accounting associations and faculty actively publish in academic and professional journals. The full-time faculty is complemented with outstanding practitioners as lecturers.
To accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals, classes are offered on weekday evenings, Saturdays and during summers. Students can select any combination of evening, Saturday and summer classes to suit their schedules and objectives.
Although the main point of entry into the program is typically in the fall semester, students can enter the program at any time, subject to course offerings and satisfying applicable prerequisites.
In scheduling classes, students should keep in mind the rigorous nature of the program. Typically, full-time students will take three classes per semester and four in the summer and strive to complete the degree in one year. There is no set order by which classes must be taken, so long as prerequisites are met. Since electives are not offered as often as core classes, students interested in particular electives should take them when they are offered.
Regular attendance and active class participation are essential to success in the program. Absent extenuating circumstances, all course work (excluding prerequisites outside the MST) must be completed within six years of enrollment.
Click here to see the Master of Science in Taxation Curriculum.
Graduate Tuition Rates
Student loans are available to all students who can demonstrate financial need. Students applying for assistance must be registered for three or more graduate credit hours and submit a Stafford Loan application to the Office of Financial Aid.
For information on financial aid, click here.