Master of Taxation Admissions

Application Deadlines & Course Dates

Spring 2020 Semester

Suggested application deadline:  January 10, 2020
Classes begin:  January 21, 2020

Fall 2020 Semester

Suggested application deadline:  August 15, 2020
Classes begin:  August 24, 2020

Application Procedure

Applicants for admission to the Master of Taxation (MST) program may apply at any time, but are encouraged to do so as early as possible. You must have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent). If you do not already hold a graduate degree (e.g., MA, MS, MBA), you must demonstrate satisfactory performance on an appropriate standardized test such as the GMAT, LSAT or GRE.  You should also demonstrate aptitude through undergraduate (or graduate) grades or through relevant work experience. 

You must submit your application online and we encourage you to submit all supporting documents as soon as possible. Students are admitted on a rolling admissions basis, so it is advantageous to apply early. An application is considered complete only when we have received all of the documents described below. All material submitted with or in support of an application becomes the property of the law school and is not returnable.

You will provide all information and documents as part of the online application process. You can monitor your application status in the Application Portal and with the App Tracker. You will receive emails if we are missing any application documents as well as emails updating you on your overall application status.

Note: Before beginning the online application process, we suggest that you order copies of your transcripts from all college/universities that you attended. You will upload your transcripts as part of the online application process. For additional information, see step 3 below.

Your application will be reviewed for admission consideration once the Office of Admissions has received the following documents:

  • 01

    Application for Admission

    Follow the step-by-step instructions below to complete the application through the online Application Portal.

    1. Access the online application and click Sign Up to create an account.
    2. Follow the online instructions and sign in using your username and password.
    3. Under "Welcome to Illinois Institute of Technology" click Online Application, then click Start A New Application.
    4. Select Start a New Graduate Application (far left of the screen) and then click Start Application.
    5. Under the "New Application" heading, select the following drop down menu items:
      • Level: Graduate App
      • Student Type: On-Campus
      • Degree: Master
      • Academic Major: Taxation
    6. Click Start Application to complete the application form and upload the required documents.
  • 02

    Professional Statement

    Each applicant must submit a personal statement in essay format that does not exceed 1,000 words. There is a place in the online application form where you can upload this statement. The essay should include discussion of your reasons for pursuing the Master of Taxation program, the professional goals which you expect to advance, your academic background, and your relevant professional experience or related accomplishments to date.

    Your statement must be saved in PDF format.

  • 03

    Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation are required. These may be from professors or from employers and other professionals with whom you have worked who can assess your capacity for advanced study in taxation. If possible, each applicant should provide one academic and one professional reference.

    Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the online Application Portal. You will input the recommender's name and email address, and they will receive an electronic invitation to their email and then submit their recommendation. You will not see this document as they will upload it themselves and it will go immediately into your application.

  • 04


    You should arrange to have official transcripts of prior university study available for submission with your online application. Your undergraduate transcript must show degree and date conferred. You must indicate on the application all colleges/universities you attended and provide official transcripts, regardless of whether a degree was earned or not, and even if you received transfer credit from your next institution. As part of the online application process, you will upload electronic copies of your transcripts.

    All applicants who have done academic work at foreign institutions must provide original academic records and officially certified English translations of the original records. If the degree is completed, you must upload your original degree certificate or provisional certificate along with your academic transcripts or mark sheets. In addition, please submit official information on the grading system.

    All files must be in PDF format.

    Click "Show More" below for instructions about how to upload documents.

    How to Upload Documents

    Please do not submit your official documents via post; all documents need to be uploaded electronically. Be sure all documents are in PDF format. If there are multiple pages of one document, merge all pages into one PDF file.

    Scan a copy of your official and original paper transcripts, individual mark sheets, or electronic transcript provided to you from your institution's Registrar. Do NOT upload your institution's web-based academic record or a document stating it is not an official transcript. Please note attested copies are not acceptable and will delay processing time. You must include an official English translation if your official transcripts are not issued in English.

    Make sure that all critical and identifying marks have been scanned and are legible. These include the institution's name, your name, and the names of your courses and the grades you have received. It is important that you scan both the front and back (if there is information on the back) of your documents. We will need to be able to review the information provided on the back of your documents concerning credit hours, the institution's grading scale, etc.

    If you receive transcripts or mark sheets from the school, we allow you to break the seal of the envelope to then scan and upload your documents. Domestic applicants may have a stamp on their transcripts that says "Issued to Student."

    All files must be in PDF format.

  • 05

    Resume / Work History

    Please upload a resume that lists your significant employment over the past ten years and describes your responsibilities in your current position.

  • 06

    GRE, GMAT or LSAT scores

    If you do not already hold a graduate degree (e.g., MA, MS, JD, MBA), you must demonstrate satisfactory performance on an appropriate standardized test such as the GMAT, LSAT or GRE.

    Official GRE or GMAT scores for tests taken within the past five years should be sent directly to Illinois Tech by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Please ask ETS to send your scores to institution code 1318; no department code is required. For GMAT scores, please select Illinois Institute of Technology and the correct college/program. If you have taken the LSAT, please include an unofficial report with your application.

  • 07

    IELTS or TOEFL scores

    The results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required of all applicants who are not native speakers of English or who did not receive their undergraduate education at an institution that uses English as the primary language of instruction. We require official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly to Illinois Institute of Technology by the testing service. Please request that your scores be set to institution code 1318; no department code is required.

    The IELTS or TOEFL may be waived at the discretion of the Admissions Committee for applicants who can otherwise substantiate their English proficiency. Applicants who wish to have the IELTS or TOEFL requirement waived must submit a written request with their application for admission that includes an explanation of their familiarity with English and any appropriate supporting documentation.

    Information about the TOEFL is available on the ETS website.



All material submitted with or in support of an application becomes the property of IIT and is not returnable.

Information on sex, age, ethnic origin, and citizenship status is collected for compliance reports in connection with federal regulations pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended by Executive Order 11375 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 86, 45 C.F.R. and is not mandatory. All information is confidential and will not be used to discriminate in admission to or participation in any of the educational programs or activities offered in the colleges of Illinois Institute of Technology.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about admission requirements or procedures, please email