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Master of Taxation

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Accelerate your career and graduate with professional accreditation in less than one year of study at the top business school in Australia. You’ll learn how to solve real-world problems and create a positive impact in the community when you volunteer in the UNSW Tax and Business Advisory clinics. 
Commencing Terms
Term 1, 2 & 3
Duration
1 - 1.3 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Distance (online with some face-to-face), Face-to-face (includes blended), Online
Campus
Kensington
Codes
Program code 9250
CRICOS code 015849E
Entry Requirements
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Fees
2024 Indicative first year full fee
$38,000*
2024 Indicative full fee to complete degree
$38,000*

Overview

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. This degree is designed to equip you, a tax professional or practitioner, to better manage the complex taxation issues involved in business decisions and transactions.

You will further develop essential skills in research and analysis, that build your exposure to and critical understanding of complex aspects of taxation and the Australian taxation system. 

Key features

  • Accelerate your career in one year 

  • Flexible study options 

  • Tailor your program with electives that meet your career interests and goals

  • Gain professional accreditation

  • Work experience and industry networking opportunities 

  • Volunteer in the UNSW Tax and Business Advisory clinics to make a positive impact
  • Optional overseas electives at the University of Oxford

Why study this degree at UNSW?

UNSW Business School has been ranked the #1 business school in Australia by AFR BOSS for the last two years in a row*. That means our business education leads the way in career impact, quality and reputation.

As a UNSW Business School student, you’ll have access to Career Accelerator – a portfolio of work experience, professional development and global business opportunities. 

Our postgraduate graduates have exceptional employability rates, performing well above the national average. In 2020, 96% of graduates found full-time employment within four months.

*AFR BOSS 2023 Best Business School Rankings

 

Program Code
9250
CRICOS Code
015849E
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
154

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Entry requirements

Category A

A recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in Taxation, Law, Accounting, Business or Commerce (or equivalent qualifications) as determined by UNSW Business School; with an average of 65% or more in these subjects, as determined by UNSW Business School; and a minimum of two years relevant full-time professional experience in professional services firms or in government departments.

Category B

A graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline; and a minimum of two years relevant full-time professional experience in professional services firms or in government departments.

Progression from the Graduate Certificate in Taxation 

Students who successfully complete the Graduate of Certificate in Taxation with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 or above can apply for articulation to the Master of Taxation via Internal Program Transfer (IPT) in their final term of study. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted, subject to courses aligning with the Master's program. Upon progression into the Master of Taxation, students may be eligible for up to an additional 12 Units of Credit (UOC) in RPL for electives, subject  to courses aligning with the Master's program.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Credit may be granted for up to 12 units of credit (two courses) for the Master of Taxation (9250)

Students who successfully articulate from the Graduate Certificate in Taxation (7321) to the MTax can receive full RPL (24 UOC), subject to course fit within the MTax (9250) program. 

For further details on RPL Credit, please refer to the handbook.

 

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Category A

A recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in Taxation, Law, Accounting, Business or Commerce (or equivalent qualifications) as determined by UNSW Business School; with an average of 65% or more in these subjects, as determined by UNSW Business School; and a minimum of two years relevant full-time professional experience in professional services firms or in government departments.

Category B

A graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline; and a minimum of two years relevant full-time professional experience in professional services firms or in government departments.

Progression from the Graduate Certificate in Taxation 

Students who successfully complete the Graduate of Certificate in Taxation with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 or above can apply for articulation to the Master of Taxation via Internal Program Transfer (IPT) in their final term of study. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted, subject to courses aligning with the Master's program. Upon progression into the Master of Taxation, students may be eligible for up to an additional 12 Units of Credit (UOC) in RPL for electives, subject  to courses aligning with the Master's program.

RPL

RPL Credit may be granted for up to 12 units of credit (two courses) for the Master of Taxation (9250)

Students who successfully articulate from the Graduate Certificate in Taxation (7321) to the MTax can receive full RPL (24 UOC), subject to course fit within the MTax (9250) program. 

For further details on RPL Credit, please refer to the handbook.

 

Admission pathways


If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into your chosen degree, you may be eligible for a pathway program with UNSW College. UNSW College provides alternative entry options using university-approved content so that you can start your UNSW journey with confidence. 

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Master of Taxation is a specialist one year degree that meets the growing needs of taxation professionals to deal with complex tax issues. This program is taught by leading tax academics, so you gain advanced skills in research, analysis, and self-directed writing. The degree is a 1-year program consisting of 8 courses, including; 

  • Three compulsory core courses 
  • One capstone course
  • Four prescribed electives catering for your career goals, such as personal tax, financial planning, indirect tax, corporate or commercial tax matters to international tax. 

This program commences with compulsory courses across commercial transactions, business entities and business taxation, followed by a compulsory capstone course, which synthesizes your learnings with a practical assessment of the content.   

You will then have the flexibility to pursue your career interests with electives in areas such as personal tax, financial planning, indirect taxes, corporate and commercial tax matters to international tax. Students can also choose to study up to two elective courses from the Master of Science in Taxation (MSc Tax) at the University of Oxford, subject to faculty approval

The Master of Taxation can be pursued on a full-time basis by completing two courses per term over four terms, or a part-time basis until all courses are completed. All core courses, capstone courses and most popular electives are offered frequently and delivered fully online or hybrid. 

 Visit the Taxation Handbook for detailed course information.

Future careers

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. 

Potential careers

  • Taxation Specialist in the private or public sector
  • Tax Advisor 
  • International Taxation Adviser
  • Financial Planner
  • Personal Wealth Adviser

UNSW Business School's Career Accelerator portfolio offers students exclusive access to a suite of for-credit, co-curricular and business experience opportunities to kick start your career.

Accreditation

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

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to start your application?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

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Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$38,000*
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$38,000*

*Fees are subject to annual review (or when required) by the University and may vary accordingly.

Indicative fees are a guide only and have been calculated based on the typical enrolment patterns of students undertaking the program. The indicative fees listed here is an estimate for tuition only and excludes non-tuition fees and charges. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year of enrolment, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (48 units of credit (UOC) per year).

You should not rely on indicative fees as fee increases are assessed when required and may exceed the indicative figures listed here. Actual fees are calculated on enrolment. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$56,000*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$57,000*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships

Thanks to our generous supporters we're able to support UNSW Business School students from all backgrounds and academic abilities, with our extensive selection of scholarships and awards. Our scholarships help you achieve your potential and enhance the experience of individuals who might otherwise struggle financially to maintain a place at university. The scholarships reward excellence, and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.


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