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New Dean of Graduate Tax Program - Gene Lillie

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Download Doctorate Degree in Taxation Bulletin (pdf)

Download Doctorate Degree in Taxation Enrollment Agreement (pdf)

Download Doctorate Program in Taxation Performance Fact Sheet (pdf) - must accompany application

Students may enroll any time of the year. Only professionally AND academically qualified candidates may be formally accepted in to the doctorate program in taxation. (Applicants that might not qualify may refer to the Special Consideration Applicant criteria in the Bulletin.) The Standard Applicant qualifications include:

  1. Professional Qualifications. Fifteen years of taxation experience, which must include being employed in the field of profession during the five year period preceding their application to the program. (See page 7 of the Bulletin for more information.)
  2. Academic Qualifications. Students must request an official transcript from the school from which they received their qualifying degree (as defined in the Bulletin). The official transcript must be received by the school within two months of enrolling. By submitting relevant transcripts, students demonstrate they are academically qualified if s(he) has previously earned a qualifying degree. (See page 7 of the Bulletin for more information.)
  3. Statement of Interest. Written to "Members of the Doctorate Committee", applicants must write a letter that includes the following:
    • An introductory paragraph that states: 
      • In a professional sense, why you are applying to the program. 
      • The dissertation topic for which you are seeking preliminary approval.
    • Your qualifications and background that describes:
      • Insights about your industry and specific area of specialization.
      • Experiences that have served as a foundation for this particular program (how your interest in the field has developed and how you planned for your goal).
      • Academic and professional achievements, accomplishments, or licenses attained.
      • Specific learning and professional experiences that demonstrate your motivation for continued study and/or research.
      • Research ability (and tools/software used) to explore or master certain skills and particular knowledge; include any advanced quantitative and statistical expertise and computer skills.
    • A closing paragraph that states:
      • Specifically why you wish to attend this particular program and how the program matches your short and long term academic and career goals.
      • Evidence of your investigation of this program (the structure, faculty, etc).
      • That you are qualified and motivated, that you will be successful in, and why you believe you possess the experience and skills to be admitted to this program.

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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