About the Master of Taxation at UNSW  

The UNSW Master of Taxation is a fast-track to Australian taxation law expertise from UNSW Business School, a leading institution in the Asia-Pacific region. Within one year, you’ll be able to advise on complex taxation issues in business administration and tax policy. 

You’ll specialise in a taxation field that suits your interests or career goals. There’s potential professional recognition available for certified accountants and lawyers. There are also opportunities for international study, professional experience and making important industry connections. 

You can study the Master of Taxation completely online, depending on your chosen electives. This degree is ideal for commerce graduates who have majored in taxation and now seek to advance their knowledge. It's also recommended for tax professionals wishing to increase their career potential.  

Your Specialisation

Focus the UNSW Master of Taxation to meet your career goals in key areas: 

  • Taxation: advanced knowledge in Australian tax policy and professional skills 
  • International Taxation: advanced international knowledge and professional skills 
  • Revenue Administration: analyse case studies related to the taxation office, public service, and agencies related to emerging economies 
  • Applied Taxation: accounting, business administration, and advisory essentials 
  • Taxation and Financial Planning: law and business education in financial planning and superannuation. 

UNSW Business School subjects consistently rank within the top 50 worldwide. We're rated “well above world standard” for Accounting and Auditing by the Excellence in Research Australia government assessment.  

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Members of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and qualified lawyers may earn recognition towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) membership requirements respectively. 

Graduates receive accreditation with The Tax Institute, and graduates of The Tax Institute may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (https://student.unsw.edu.au/credit-transfer)  

International opportunities for work and study are available within Career Accelerator, a portfolio of professional development opportunities exclusive to UNSW Business School students, that include: 

The Master of Taxation equips you for a career in major and mid-tier accounting or legal firms, or with government departments such as the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Treasury. Our postgraduate graduates have exceptional employability rates, performing well above the national average. In the 2018 QILT survey, 93% of our postgraduate students were employed full-time within four months of graduating and were earning a median wage of $120k. 

Relevant Roles 
  • Taxation Specialist in the private or public sector 
  • Manager with a revenue authority or tax agency 
  • International Taxation Adviser 
  • Financial Planning Expert 
  • Personal Wealth Adviser 

What Our Graduates Say  

“After completing the Master of Taxation, I can determine what the Treasury, via the legislation and regulations, is trying to achieve. Now, if I get a curly question from a client, I know how to efficiently navigate through the legislation to determine the appropriate answer.” 

Frederick Mahar 
​FM Mahar & Associates 


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