TaxTalent Ranks the Top Schools for a Tax Career

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If you oversee hiring in a tax practice, soon-to-be December graduates no doubt are already knocking just in time for busy season, and the influx of spring grads will be on your doorstep in six months. That makes it an opportune time to roll out TaxTalent's 2016 rankings of the top tax schools nationwide by undergraduate, graduate, and law programs.

The findings from TaxTalent's 2016 Top in Tax Survey are based on a poll of 155 current US heads of in-house corporate tax departments.

“Schools need to realize that their success as an institution and for their students is a direct result of how well they can align their programs with the needs and wants of tax employers,” Tony Santiago, president of TaxTalent, an online career and development portal for tax professionals, said in a prepared statement. “Although the demand for tax professionals is high, schools that better prepare students for a real-world tax career stand the best chance for increasing employment numbers for graduates at top companies.”

The following are the top five tax schools by category and the percentages of respondents who selected them. (Download the report to see the top 10 schools in each category.)

Undergraduate Degree in Accounting

1. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (5.2 percent)

2. (tie) University of Texas, Austin (4.5 percent)

2. (tie) Brigham Young University (4.5 percent)

3. (tie) University of Notre Dame (3.6 percent)

3. (tie) Georgetown University (3.6 percent)

4. University of Michigan (3 percent)

5. University of Pennsylvania (2.8 percent)

Master of Science – Taxation

1. Golden Gate University (11.9 percent)

2. Villanova University (7 percent)

3. University of Illinois, Chicago (6.8 percent)

4. DePaul University (5.3 percent)

5. University of Denver (4.2 percent)

Master of Accounting

1. (tie) University of Notre Dame (4.9 percent)

1. (tie) Brigham Young University (4.9 percent)

2. Villanova University (3.6 percent)

3. University of Michigan (3.4 percent)

4. University of Florida (3.1 percent)

5. (tie) Texas A&M University (2.8 percent)

5. (tie) Baylor University (2.8 percent)

Master of Accounting – Taxation Specialization

1. University of Texas, Austin (11.7 percent)

2. Brigham Young University (9.4 percent)

3. University of Notre Dame (8.6 percent)

4. Rutgers University (6 percent)

5. Indiana University – Purdue University (5.7 percent)

MBA - Taxation

1. Fordham University (23.9 percent)

2. St. John's University (17.6 percent)

3. Pace University (13.2 percent)

4. Baruch College (12.5 percent)

5. Hofstra University (9.2 percent)

Juris Doctor – Taxation

1. Harvard University (10.5 percent)

2. Georgetown University (8.2 percent)

3. Yale University (4.5 percent)

4. Duke University (4.1 percent)

5. University of Michigan (2.9 percent)

LL.M. – Taxation

1. New York University (16.5 percent)

2. Georgetown University (15.8 percent)

3. Northwestern University (11.7 percent)

4. Harvard University (7.9 percent)

5. Boston University (4.6 percent)

About Terry Sheridan

Terry Sheridan

Terry Sheridan is an award-winning journalist who has covered real estate, mortgage finance, health care, insurance, personal finance, and accounting and taxation issues for newspapers, magazines, and websites. A Chicago native and former South Florida resident, she now lives in New England.

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