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MS Tax Program at ILLINOIS
Are you interested in becoming a “complete” tax professional? In today’s environment, tax professionals are expected to know and do more than ever before. The ILLINOIS MS Tax Program’s innovative curriculum is driven by this need and focuses on the “complete” tax professional by augmenting the rigorous technical tax courses with material that examines tax in a strategic business context, workshops that focus on developmental skills and lyceum events that engage leaders in the profession. The courses are taught by acclaimed faculty from the Urbana-Champaign campus as well as renowned Chicago tax practitioners. The result is a rich blend of theory and practice that produces outstanding tax professionals who are ready to advance to the next level.
The results of two surveys looking at MST programs in the U.S was announced by JobsInTax.com. The ILLINOIS MS Tax Program in Chicago was ranked 2nd among recruiters and 3rd among alumni.
The MS Tax Program’s Convocation Ceremony for its 7th graduating class was held on May 6, 2012 at the University Club of Chicago. The 22 students graduating received a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) degree. Over 140 guests were in attendance for the celebration, including family members from as far away as India.
The commencement address was given by Dr. Jon S. Davis, Head of the Department of Accountancy. Dr. Davis observed that there were many lessons learned this year by the MS Tax students, not all of which were in the classroom. He observed that one of the most important lessons learned has to do with time. As busy people, time often seems to fly by, and he emphasized that time is a resource to be saved and used wisely. He spoke of two types of time: Chronos, (ordinary or clock time), and Chiros, (sacred or opportune time, time to think, etc.). In our day-to-day lives it is easy to focus on Chronos, and in so doing, we miss moments of Chiros. He counseled the students that for a good life it is crucial to carve out time for Chiros. He encouraged them to seize the time and live life for today because today will never come again.