The Master of Taxation is a specialist degree designed to meet the growing needs of taxation professionals and practitioners to deal with complex taxation issues involved in business decisions and transactions. It provides exposure to complex aspects of the discipline and a critical understanding of the Australian taxation system, developing your essential skills in research and analysis.

You will make constructive contributions to the professional debate on key taxation problems and apply your analytical skills to primary areas of advanced work, adding to the body of knowledge and critical understanding in Taxation.

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Why choose this degree?

You'll benefit from this degree if you want to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Australian taxation system.

Who should choose this degree?

This degree suits specialists who practise exclusively in tax advising work.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Taxation specialist in the private or public sector
  • Tax advisor
  • International taxation advisor
  • Financial planner
  • Personal wealth advisor

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.

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor Honours degree (AQF level 8) or a 4+ years degree in law, business, taxation, accounting or a closely related discipline (or equivalent qualification); or
  • A Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline; or
  • A recognised Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline with a minimum of 7 courses in Law, Business, Taxation or Accounting (or equivalent qualifications) with an average of 65% or more in these subjects, as determined by the UNSW Business School; and professional experience in professional services firms or in government departments) for applicants with an undergraduate degree in a taxation, law, business or accounting-related discipline.

Examples are working in the Australian tax profession as lawyers, accountants, public administrators or academics.

Applicants who did not complete a university level course of study in taxation as part of their undergraduate degree, may be required to complete a qualifying course prior to admission to postgraduate studies (TABL5901 or TABL5551).

NOTE: In exceptional circumstances, applications may be considered for entry into Program 7321 Graduate Certificate in Taxation where the applicant has other relevant qualifications and experience not listed. This is in accordance with UNSW Policy and Procedure on Recognition of Prior Learning. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have achieved the same knowledge and skills (learning outcomes) through their formal or informal learning as the qualifications listed for entry for this program.

This may be evidenced by qualification certificates, records of assessment activities relating to course or program learning outcomes, examples of experience from the workplace, community, or other context which demonstrate relevant skills, knowledge or competencies, membership (or eligibility for membership) of professional organisations which require attainment of certain qualifications, or testimonials of skills, knowledge or competencies from workplace supervisors. Any relevant documentation should be attached to the application and will be considered by the Academic Coordinator for the Program. Candidates completing Program 7321 Graduate Certificate in Taxation with a 65 average or better may articulate into Program 9260 Master of Applied Taxation or program 9250 Master of Taxation.

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 with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*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 below.

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