Students may enroll at any time of the year. However, only the following persons may be formally admitted into the Master’s Degree in Taxation program to receive credit toward the Master’s Degree:
- Certified Public Accountants, Certified General Accountants, Certified Management Accountants, Chartered Accountants, licensed Public Accountants, Enrolled Agents, Tax Court Practitioners, or the like, who have a Bachelor’s Degree, or
- Lawyers, Barristers, Solicitors, or the like, licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction, or
- Persons holding a Bachelor’s Degree (or its equivalent from a non-English speaking college, see Admission Requirements for Non-English Degrees) which degree is in a subject area considered to be sufficiently preparatory for graduate level tax studies (i.e., Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Investments, Banking, International Relations, Commerce, Government Studies, Public Administration, Economics, or the like), AND who have engaged in the nearly full time practice of taxation or tax preparation for five years or more.
International Students & Non-English Degrees
Because of the school’s legacy of distance learning, the school does not require domestic and/or international students to attend a campus for any courses. Courses are viewed in the comfort of the student’s home or work, at a time of day that works best for the student. Therefore, the school does not require (or assist students in obtaining) visas for travel to the US. However, as might be needed and requested by the student, the school will provide a letter vouching and/or demonstrating the student’s status of enrollment.
Applicants with a non-English degree must provide a certified English translation of the degree and the degree must be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or J.D. degree that follows our admission requirements. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an institution where English is the principal language of instruction must have received a minimum score of 620 on the Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a minimum 105 on the Internet-based TOEFL, or a minimum 875 on Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), or a minimum 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), OR must be a citizen of the U.S. and have been employed in a tax related field for a minimum of five years (verification of citizenship and employment must be submitted). At this stage, Washington Institute does not permit students to enroll (or accommodate a non-English speaking student) if the minimum language standards cannot be met, since all our courses are only offered in English.
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