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Get up to speed on the new tax law

With major tax legislation recently enacted, it's time to get up to speed on the new law's practical implications. UB's Graduate Tax Program for lawyers and accountants is your ticket to success.

Offered jointly by UB's School of Law and Merrick School of Business, the program provides the broad training needed by today’s tax practitioners.

Program highlights

  • Flat rate: $979 per credit for in- and out-of-state students (fees additional)
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of federal tax law
  • Hone your ability to analyze tax statutes and regulations
  • Sharpen your research and writing skills
  • Learn from law faculty, prominent tax practitioners, Internal Revenue Service officials and U.S. Tax Court judges
  • Attend classes weekday evenings, participate in classes online, access recordings of classes -- or do all of the above.

Take part in class in person or online -- or both

Attend class in person, take part online in real time while interacting with your professors and classmates, review archived recordings of classes -- or do all of the above. It's up to you!

Affordable flat rate

The new flat tuition rate is $979 per credit for both in- and out-of-state students (fees additional).

LL.M. in Taxation for lawyers 

You may receive up to 15 hours of credit toward the LL.M. in Taxation for tax courses taken as part of your J.D. program. For no extra cost, you can also earn a Certificate in Estate Planning in conjunction with the LL.M. in Taxation.

Click here to apply to the LL.M. in Taxation program. (We have waived the application fee.)

M.S. in Taxation for accountants 

The M.S. in Taxation program fulfills the 150-hour education requirement for a Certified Public Accountant license in Maryland.

Click here for an application to the M.S. in Taxation program.


"I found the Graduate Tax Program to be rich in high-level content, comprehensive in scope and practical in its discussions of tax theory and compliance. I gained technical knowledge from tax attorneys and practitioners and built long-lasting relationships with professors and student colleagues."

Rivka Bier, M.S. ‘12

Program history

Since 1987, hundreds of professionals have benefited from the advanced tax training provided by the Graduate Tax Program, the only one of its kind in Maryland.

The 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 involved in developing fiscal policy and managing public and nonprofit organizations. The program not only prepares students for careers as professional tax advisers, but it also sharpens their knowledge and skills through a sophisticated, challenging educational environment.

"While I may not immediately know the answer to a tax question, the UB program provided me the skills necessary to understand the issues, research the options and provide effective counsel to my clients on most tax matters that arise. My education in UB’s LL.M. in Tax program has been an invaluable asset to my development as a tax lawyer."  Timothy Wagner, LL.M. ‘15

Develop essential knowledge and skills

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, verbally and in writing, your tax research and analysis to clients, co-workers and the wider community of tax professionals.

Law-business synergy

Offered jointly by UB's School of Law and Merrick School of Business, the Graduate Tax Program provides the broad training needed by today's tax practitioners. It also permits lawyers and accountants to interact, providing a richer experience for both. Students benefit from the high-caliber experience of their classmates, most of whom are busy professionals seeking career advancement.

Expert, experienced faculty

Members of the Graduate Tax faculty are not only tax experts; they are also experienced teachers who know how to lead students through a challenging, rewarding curriculum. Among the faculty are full-time School of Law professors, prominent tax practitioners in the Baltimore-Washington area, IRS officials and judges with the U.S. Tax Court.

Geared to busy professionals

"UB’s Graduate Tax Program provided me with an invaluable understanding of federal income tax law and the ability to analyze tax statutes and regulations. It also gave me the opportunity to meet other tax professionals in various fields and stages of their careers. Overall, the program gave me the confidence to take the next step in my career as a tax professional."

Maryna Marshall, M.S. ‘16

To accommodate the schedules of working lawyers and accountants, classes are offered on weekday evenings. Moreover, students may also participate in class online in real time, which allows them to interact with professors and fellow students. Graduate Tax students also can access archived recordings of classes. Students generally take one or two classes per semester and can complete their degree on a part-time basis within two to three academic years. Regular attendance and active class participation are essential to success in the program.

Tuition and other charges

LL.M. and M.S. students pay the same tuition and fees, which are set by the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland. Tuition and fees are subject to change. Get current tuition information (scroll down to the Taxation/Estate Planning tab).