Master of Laws in Taxation FAQS

How do I start the application process?

Begin by filling out an MT Program Application or an LLM Program Application. You can also reach out directly to the Enrollment Team by email or by phone at 1-866-803-9714. If you are interested in applying for a certificate program, please contact the Enrollment Team.

What’s the difference between the LLM and the MT?

The Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM) is for attorneys who have graduated from a law school approved by the ABA or have completed all the requirements to practice law in a foreign country. The Master of Taxation (MT) is designed for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a business-related field.

Would I ever have to go on campus for anything?

The LLM, MT, and Certificate programs can all be completed 100% online, with no residency requirement. On-campus programs are also offered for those who live in proximity to the Villanova campus.

What’s the difference between the on-campus and online programs?

The only difference is the delivery method. In the campus-based program, students meet in a physical classroom; the online program allows students to meet in a virtual space once a week while completing class assignments throughout the week. The program is flexible, allowing students to take both campus and online courses to complete their degree. Both the on-campus and online format also follow the same eight-week term structure and academic calendar.

If I need to take a break due to work or family, is that possible?

Yes, there is flexibility in terms of time to completion. The LLM degree can be completed in as few as 18 months and the MT degree can be earned in as few as 2 years.  Typically, our certificates are completed within 1 year.  However, the degrees and certificates in the Graduate Tax Program each have a maximum of 5 years for the students to complete their academic requirements for degree completion.

My firm does not want me to take classes during our busy season. Can I take a break during the year?

The Graduate Tax Program online format was designed with this specific aspect in mind.  Our students are busy practitioners and we recognize that taking a break from studies will likely be necessary.  In our flexible 8-week format, students can simply sit out for an 8-week term and pick up the following term as it fits their schedule.

Are there requirements to be online at a certain time of day?

There is a live component to the weekly courses. It is held in the evening and lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Attendance is expected as live discussion and engagement are critical to the learning experience. However, the live component is recorded, so that in the rare instance attendance is not feasible, students can review the covered material at their convenience.

Is the GMAT required?

A GMAT or GRE score is only required for those applying for the MT program who have not completed the four segments of the CPA exam.  Students who hold a previous master degree or another certified license such as an Enrolled Agent (EA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP) may also seek a GMAT/GRE waiver.

I have completed all the testing required for the CPA license. Am I still able to bypass the GMAT?

Yes. Applicants must have successfully passed all four segments. They do not need to hold the license in order to waive the GMAT/GRE requirement.

I am interested in earning a certificate along with my degree. Can I add this specialization after I am admitted?

Yes!  Your Program Advisor can provide the necessary form to declare a specialization to complement either your LLM or MT degree.  To earn a certificate along with the LLM, students will need to complete two additional classes (4 credits).  A certificate can be completed within the 6 required electives that are needed to earn the MT, therefore no additional coursework may be required.

Does Villanova allow transfer credit?

Yes, a maximum of six credits of transfer credit may be possible. Transfer credit will be considered for individuals who have taken graduate-level, tax-focused coursework within the past two years. Tax courses taken as part of the JD degree are not considered for transfer.

Will I be I able to participate in Villanova’s on-campus graduation ceremony?

Absolutely!  We invite and encourage ALL students to attend graduation.  It is important ceremony for the students and their families to experience. Online students have access to all of the same events as campus-based students.

On average, how many hours per week do I need to dedicate to the program?

Students should anticipate spending an average of 15-20+ hours per week for three-credit courses and 10-15+ hours per week for two-credit courses.

Do your professors have meeting hours dedicated to online students?

Each professor designs their own time to meet with students separate from the weekly live class.

Where can I find out about financing options?

To learn more visit our Application Steps page.

Does the Villanova online program offer scholarships?

Yes, scholarships are available to qualified online candidates. Contact the Enrollment Team for more information on applying for scholarships.

How can I utilize my Military or VA Education benefits?

Villanova University’s Office of Veterans and Military Service Members is committed to guiding each individual from admissions to graduation, and beyond. Review the VA Education Checklist for a step-by-step guide on how to utilize your benefits. For any additional questions, you can reference the Office’s FAQ, or send an email to veterans@villanova.edu.