Welcome to the M.S. in Taxation Program!
Taxation is a unique and highly specialized discipline within the accounting field. It is a profession that is growing from the increasing federal, state, and local government tax codes and the need to for organizations to interpret and respond to the complexities of the tax system and apply the laws and regulations to their business. Many global companies also look to tax professionals to manage their tax liabilities in an effort to increase shareholder wealth and gain a competitive advantage.
As a career interest, tax accountants are:
Ø Employed in corporations, public accounting firms, and taxing entities.
Ø Need to continually develop and refine their skill sets in response to evolving global tax codes.
Ø Experience professional stability with opportunities for personal and professional growth.
The program is designed to blend both forward-looking trends in taxation with practical application of concepts. Our faculty has strong and broad industry experience and provides an integrated set of courses designed to develop comprehensive, analytical, and theoretical skills that are critical to make well-grounded organizational tax decisions that will maximize profits and limit audit risks. The M.S. in Taxation Program will enhance your current management acumen, and prepare you well for a future in tax management, regardless of whether you have just earned your undergraduate degree, are planning to sit for the United States Uniform Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), or you are a C.P.A. or J.D.
I look forward to meeting you, exploring unanswered questions, and helping you begin your journey at Benedictine University.
John C. Draut
M.S. in Taxation Program Director
The Master of Science Taxation (M.S. in Taxation) program at Benedictine University is an exciting new discipline that is designed to prepare students for managerial roles in tax departments of corporate and service organizations as well as public accounting firms.
By conveying practical knowledge and essential skills in such areas as tax research, taxation of corporations and shareholders, taxation of partnerships, state income taxation, and corporate reorganizations just to name a few of the courses, the Benedictine M.S. in Taxation provides comprehensive, analytical, and theoretical skills that are critical to make well-grounded organizational tax decisions that will maximize profits and limit audit risks.
The M.S. in Taxation is an essential component of your career growth and leadership development and is widely recognized throughout the business environment as a powerful professional credential. There are many electives that a student may choose to augment their areas of interest that will prepare them for either a general taxation focus or a more specialized skill set.
The M.S. in Taxation program
is designed for working adults with at least two years of professional work
experience or those
working adults with professional tax experience who aspire to attain senior
managerial positions within their organizations. The M.S.T. program enhances
student's technical competencies in the area of tax; refines analytical and
interpretive skills; and, hones communication skills.
The M.S. in Taxation program may accept graduate course work completed at another accredited institution. Sixteen quarter credit hours of undergraduate coursework may be waived for courses taken within the last seven years, pending approval from the Program Director.
At Benedictine University, our academic calendar is organized around four 10-week academic quarters. The Benedictine M.S. in Taxation program offers a rolling admission so students may be admitted into any of these quarters. With this format students are able to follow either a part-time or full-time program.
Admission Application and ProceduresAn application to the Benedictine M.S. in Taxation Program requires the submission of the following:
1. A completed application form.
2. A non-refundable application fee.
3. Official transcripts from all previous colleges attended. The student should request that all transcripts, including any from Benedictine University, be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office at Benedictine University.
4. Two letters of reference from persons who know the applicant from a professional or academic perspective.
5. A one-page statement of educational and career goals.
6. Resume which includes chronological work history.
7. Interview with the M.S. in Taxation Program Director, at the director's discretion.
8. Test scores (i.e., TOEFEL).
Applicants having a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better may be waived from the GMAT requirement. Applicants wishing to apply for a GMAT waiver, but who do not have a GPA of 3.2 or better, may be considered pending successful completion of a specified quantitative and qualitative course.
Business leaders in the 21st century must navigate their way through a maze of changing federal and state tax regulations, the impact of globalization on tax exposures, the continuous drive by corporations to lower tax liabilities and improve the profitability of organization, and the presence of ongoing ethical challenges. The Bureau of Labor Statistics project the average growth rate for the field of accounting and tax will average 16% over the next ten years. Benedictine University's M.S. in Taxation prepares students to take advantage of these new job opportunities.
Our curriculum requires 64 quarter credit hours of graduate course work and can be broken into four primary sections:
Phone: (630) 829-6214 | Send Ron an Email | Office: Scholl Hall 149
Ron Baiman joined the faculty at Benedictine University in 2013 as an Assistant Professor within the M.B.A. program. Ron has taught introductory, as well as international and regional economics, at the University of Chicago, DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Roosevelt University where he was an Assistant Professor of Economics. Before moving to the Chicago area Ron worked in economic forecasting and rate evaluation, and in database marketing, at AT&T in NJ, and as a telecommunications policy analyst for the New York State Department of Economic Development. More recently, he has worked in public policy as Director of Budget and Policy Analysis at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability in Chicago; in government as a Research Economist for the Illinois Department of Employment Security; in academic research institutes at Loyola University's Center for Urban Research and Learning, the Institute of Government and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois, and the Center for Urban Economic Development at University of Illinois at Chicago.
has published numerous papers on regional, public, and international political
economics in academic journals and as well as research and consulting reports
on local, state and national economic policy; co-edited a book: Political
Economy and Contemporary Capitalism that received the Choice title
for "Best Academic Title" in 2000; received research grants from the Russell
Sage Foundation and from the Woods Fund of Chicago; and served on the Editorial
Board of the Review of Radical Political Economics for many years. He
holds a Ph.D., and an M.A. with Honors, both in Economics from the New School
for Social Research in New York City, did graduate work in Mathematics at the
University of California, Berkeley, and graduated "very good" (Magna Cum Laude)
with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics from Hebrew University, Israel.
Borowicz joined the faculty at Benedictine University in 2004 and is the Chair
of the Graduate Business Programs. Her research interests include the virtual
teams and the professional development of graduate faculty. Dr. Borowicz
teaching accounting and finance in the M.B.A and M.S. in Accounting programs.
Prior to joining Benedictine University Dr. Borowicz was the Director of
Finance for the American Academy of Pediatrics and has 20 years' experience in
guiding the financial vision of healthcare not-for profits and educating
management and board members in effective fiscal management. In her downtime,
Dr. Borowicz is an avid golfer and equestrian.
Phone: (630) 829-1936 | Send Ricky an Email | Office: Scholl Hall 153
Ricky Holman J.D. joined the faculty at Benedictine University in 2005 and heads the Business Law certificate and concentrations. Atty. Holman has 20 years civil and criminal law expertise and is licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri.His experience includes 18 years as a Public Defender in DuPage and DeKalb County, IL. He also has experience in private practice and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
During his eight years as instructor, Ricky has taught a range of courses including Leadership & Business Ethics, Business Law, Legal Aspects of Human Resources, and Intellectual Property.Outside the classroom, Ricky teaches law related topics for various associations and organizations, is a Mental Health First Aid instructor, and has been a Civil War re-enactor for 33 years.
Phone: (630) 829-6205 | Send Ms. Hatcher an Email | Office: Scholl Hall 221
Phone: (630) 829-6208 | Send Ms. Stackley an Email | Office: Scholl Hall 221A
The Lecturers listed are individuals who have been employed as instructors on an as-needed basis, within the last several years, to teach courses at Benedictine University. Instructors listed may not currently be employed by Benedictine University. The University is fortunate to be able to provide our students with part-time faculty whose experience, credentials and commitment to education add to the high quality of our resident faculty.
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