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Taxation - MTax at Waterloo

Program information

Department/School School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Admit term(s) Fall (September - December)
Application and document submission deadline(s)

April 1 (for admission in September)

Delivery mode Off-campus (downtown Toronto), Online
Program type Master's, Professional
Length of program 12 months (full-time), 24 months (part-time)*
Registration option(s) Full-time, Part-time
Registration option(s) information Note: direct entry into the MTax program is only available through the part-time option. Students may transfer into the full-time option on a case-by-case basis with approval from the Program Director.*
Study option(s) Coursework

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What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • Students from a wide variety of backgrounds are welcome.
  • Successful completion of a four-year Honours Degree, or equivalent, with at least a 75% average is required or a three-year Degree, or equivalent, with at least a 75% average, 8 years of Canadian tax-related work experience showing career advancement and a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of at least 550, or equivalent Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score using ETS's GRE Comparison Table for Business Schools.
  • A one page statement detailing your interest in the Master of Taxation program.
  • Students will be assessed by an Admissions Committee. Students who are lacking the necessary fundamentals of Canadian income taxation and accounting to begin work in the tax field will be required to successfully complete TAX 600 Introductory Tax and Accounting for MTax Students, a course covering these areas.
  • An interview may also be required
  • GMAT may be required.

Application material

  • Resume
    • Detailing the student's previous work experience
  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
    • The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
    • If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
  • Transcript(s)
  • References
    • Two references are required, at least one academic
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 90 (writing 25, speaking 25, IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5).

How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

  • Review the degree requirements on the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, including the courses that you can anticipate taking as part of completing the degree
  • Check out profiles of current graduate students to learn about their experience at Waterloo
  • This ground-breaking program is offered through the University of Waterloo with two study options: full-time studies take place in downtown Toronto, while part-time students learn in our real-time virtual learning space
  • Review the Master of Taxation website to see information specific to your program of interest

This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually. Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. *Edited December 2023

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    Program Contact

    Joyce Becker at
    519-888-4567, ext. 37553