Why Illinois

The ILLINOIS MS Tax Program, the #1 ranked MS Tax program in the U.S., is part of the College of Business’ Accountancy Department that conducts its classes at the Illini Center in Downtown Chicago. It is a one-year intensive advanced degree program for tax or business professionals that prepares students from around the country and around the world to become leaders in today’s competitive and dynamic business environment. Taught by leading tax practitioner’s in the Chicago area and top ILLINOIS faculty from the Urbana-Champaign campus, the Program uses a broad-based tax curriculum and workshops refining professional skills to develop the “complete” tax professional.   The small cohort of 30-35 students fosters teamwork and group activities similar to those in the business world and provides an opportunity to network with other high performers in the profession.

The ILLINOIS MS Tax Program is an executive-style program designed for working tax professionals. It allows individuals to learn from high-level tax practitioners with years of experience in public accounting and corporate settings as well as the leading faculty from University of Illinois’ highly ranked accountancy program, while continuing to work full time. Consistent with the profession’s belief that a graduate tax education is more “profitable” after real-world experience, the Program requires students to have at least 2 years of work experience prior to enrolling.

The immersive nature of the program develops a close professional network between the students, as well as with the faculty, who become career-long mentors to the students. We build our unique curriculum on principles of mutual trust, respect, personal enrichment, the free flow of ideas, constant improvement, and teamwork. Because our students are an integral part of who we are and what we can accomplish, we take great care in assembling classes comprised of professionals who are equipped with a broad range of tax and/or business experience and a commitment to excellence. We demand the highest performance of those who join our legacy and no less of ourselves.

Hear what our Faculty have to say about the Program