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Advance Your Career Through Specialized Taxation Study

The Carlson School of Management's online Master of Business Taxation program brings together world-class faculty and a thriving local business community to create a transformative, career-building experience for students like you. 

This flexible program is delivered 100% online to meet the needs of busy professionals. Our program also features a break during the traditional tax season (March 1 to April 15) to ensure students working in the taxation field can maintain their work commitments. We've designed our broad curriculum to deepen your expertise in critical areas, preparing you for leadership roles and opening doors to new opportunities.

  • 100% online course delivery
  • Scholarships available
  • No minimum GPA requirement
  • No GMAT required
  • 1,300+ alumni network

Learn From Experts and Build a Powerful Tax Skill Set

Throughout your studies, you will enhance your analytical, problem-solving, research, and communication skills while developing the technical expertise needed by today's tax professionals. The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) grants 15 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) for each semester credit earned in the online master's in business taxation program, and all MBT courses fulfill accounting course requirements for the CPA exam.

Our expert full-time faculty have more than 66 years of combined real-world tax experience and 55 years of combined teaching experience. In addition, our adjunct faculty members are among the country's leading business taxation experts.

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Format
100% Online
duration
Duration
1-3 years
Full-Time & Part-Time options
work experience
Work experience
4-6 years
start date
Start date
Fall (September); Spring (January)

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Coursework Designed by Tax Experts

Carlson's online Master of Business Taxation program includes 30 credits and can be completed on a full- or part-time schedule. Our courses are designed by online learning experts using the latest technologies to enhance your studies. In addition, Carlson's MBT Advisory Board reviews the curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of the tax community and adapts to ongoing changes in global taxation. Electives are built into the program plan, allowing you to focus on specialized areas of taxation that align with your career goals and interests.

Course Highlights

  • MBT 6221 Tax Research, Communication, and Practice
  • MBT 6347 Tax Technology & Analytics Fundamentals
  • MBT 6501 Business, Government, and Economic Tax Policy
     

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Invest in Your Future

The Carlson online MBT degree provides the advanced knowledge and hands-on experience you need to pursue new opportunities and long-term career growth. The graduation requirement is 30 credits, with a tuition cost of $1,478 per credit hour. Our master's in business taxation degree program was ranked #2 in Best Value Online Master's in Taxation Degrees for 2022.1

Online MBT applicants may be considered for scholarships, which are awarded based on financial need and academic merit.*

Tuition Details


Learn From Experts and Build a Powerful Tax Skill Set

Throughout your studies, you will enhance your analytical, problem-solving, research, and communication skills while developing the technical expertise needed by today's tax professionals. The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) grants 15 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) for each semester credit earned in the online master's in business taxation program, and all MBT courses fulfill accounting course requirements for the CPA exam.

Our expert full-time faculty have more than 66 years of combined real-world tax experience and 55 years of combined teaching experience. In addition, our adjunct faculty members are among the country's leading business taxation experts.

format
Format
100% Online
duration
Duration
1-3 years
Full-Time & Part-Time options
work experience
Work experience
4-6 years
start date
Start date
Fall (September); Spring (January)

Explore Curriculum


Coursework Designed by Tax Experts

Carlson's online Master of Business Taxation program includes 30 credits and can be completed on a full- or part-time schedule. Our courses are designed by online learning experts using the latest technologies to enhance your studies. In addition, Carlson's MBT Advisory Board reviews the curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of the tax community and adapts to ongoing changes in global taxation. Electives are built into the program plan, allowing you to focus on specialized areas of taxation that align with your career goals and interests.

Course Highlights

  • MBT 6221 Tax Research, Communication, and Practice
  • MBT 6347 Tax Technology & Analytics Fundamentals
  • MBT 6501 Business, Government, and Economic Tax Policy
     

View All Courses


Invest in Your Future

The Carlson online MBT degree provides the advanced knowledge and hands-on experience you need to pursue new opportunities and long-term career growth. The graduation requirement is 30 credits, with a tuition cost of $1,478 per credit hour. Our master's in business taxation degree program was ranked #2 in Best Value Online Master's in Taxation Degrees for 2022.1

Online MBT applicants may be considered for scholarships, which are awarded based on financial need and academic merit.*

Tuition Details


Excel as a Taxation Expert

Continuing your education with an online master's in business taxation from the Carlson School will give you the advanced knowledge you need to take the next step in your career. The expertise you gain in key areas like corporate tax, international tax, tax policy, and accounting methods can help you stand out to employers as a leader and skilled professional. 

Across industries, there is a high demand for business taxation experts who can navigate complex tax and regulatory processes while providing strategic business guidance. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects about 4% growth for the accounting and auditing field through 2032, with 5% growth expected for financial specialists.2

22 of the top 25

public companies in the Minneapolis–St. Paul region employ Carlson MBT graduates

24 of the top 25

Minnesota CPA firms employ Carlson MBT graduates

$159,948

Average tax director salary3

Admissions Details and Application Deadlines

The Carlson online MBT program offers a streamlined online application. GRE/GMAT scores are not required. There is no GPA requirement, and our application fee is $75, with a waiver available for active-duty U.S. military service members. You can explore other requirements below.

Admissions Requirements Overview

The following materials are required to apply to the Online MBT degree program:

  • Completed application
  • Unofficial/official transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Proof of English language proficiency
    • TOEFL iBT: 79 (with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading)
    • IELTS: 6.5 (with section scores of 6.5 in both reading and writing)
    • MELAB: 80

Candidates must also have:

  • An undergraduate degree (in any field)
  • Completed ACCT 2051 Introduction to Financial Reporting and ACCT 5135 Fundamentals of Federal Income Tax (or their equivalents)

Application Deadlines

Spring (January Start)Fall (September Start)
October 15June 15

We will accept applications after the deadline if space is available.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to commonly asked questions about the Carlson School of Management online MBT program. If you need additional information not covered here, our admissions team can help. Contact us to learn more.

The first step is to start your application. We've designed our application process to be streamlined and accessible.

Work experience is not required for the online MBT program.

Coursework in the Carlson online MBT program can be tailored to your professional interests. While no specializations are offered in this program, eight elective credits are built into the curriculum. This allows you to customize your program of study to align with your personal interests and professional goals.

Learn more about coursework on the curriculum page.

Possible career paths for graduates of the online MBT program include senior tax accountant, senior tax analyst, tax manager, director of taxation, senior taxation manager, and more. Most students are already employed in – or making plans for a career transition to – public accounting roles.

The online MBT program offers scholarships for full-time and part-time admitted students. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of financial need and academic merit. Contact us to learn more.

Tuition is $1,478 per credit hour. You'll need to complete 30 credits for a total tuition (not including additional fees) of $44,340.

The online MBT program is designed for working professionals and allows flexible scheduling. The average completion time is three years, but you can finish as quickly as nine months or within five years. To explore the curriculum, view our courses page.

Sources and Disclaimers

  1. Value Colleges. Top 25 Best Value Online Masters in Taxation Degrees 2022. Retrieved from https://www.valuecolleges.com/rankings/best-masters-taxation/.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accountants and Auditors. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm#tab-6.
  3. Payscale.com. Average Tax Director Salary. Retrieved from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Tax_Director/Salary.

*The MBT program sends out scholarship applications in mid-July to all current and admitted degree candidates. As long as students (1) are in good standing; (2) do not get primarily reimbursed and (3) agree to take at least 8 credits during the academic year, we divide our scholarship dollars equally among those who qualify and apply.

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