Few programs can match the breadth and depth of Villanova’s Tax course offerings. Through our more than 40 courses, you can examine taxation from multiple perspectives—allowing you to explore how both the law and accounting affect the field’s ever-changing landscape. Coursework is clustered into four main practice areas—Business Tax; Tax Controversy; Family Wealth and Estate Planning; and Employee Benefits. You can mix and match electives across practice areas or opt for an in-depth examination of one specialty. In the Villanova University Graduate Tax Program, you’ll gain the sophisticated blend of taxation-based accounting, legal and business expertise to help you thrive in top public and private sector organizations around the world. Designed for legal, accounting and business professionals, the program broadens and sharpens students’ understanding of both federal tax law and procedure, and of the interests and aims of the opposite discipline. Conducted jointly by the Law School and the Villanova School of Business (VSB), the program stresses real-world education and professional responsibility in tax practice. Its rigorous and well-rounded curriculum is continually updated to ensure that what you learn is immediately applicable to current challenges and opportunities.

Students are required to complete 12 courses. The program consists of seven (7) required courses that cover the major substantive areas of the Internal Revenue Code and tax practice and procedure. The required courses provide a foundation for the more advanced elective courses. In order to provide a common body of knowledge when students enter the more advanced and elective courses, the first several required courses must be taken in a designated order.  For the same reason, some courses have prerequisite or co-requisite requirements that must be satisfied. From the five electives, each student must select one transactional planning course.

Most elective courses are offered at least once each academic year.  Depending on student demand, a few electives are offered less frequently; those generally repeat within a six-semester cycle.  As the direction of federal tax law changes, new courses may be added, or the content of existing courses altered, to keep pace with those changes.


Courses & Schedules

To see the classes offered for a particular semester, use the Master Schedule on-line search for classes which can be found on NOVASIS. 

  • Once this page opens, choose the semester you want to work in. You may use either the summary or detail search. ‘Click’ submit.
  • Subject area would be Taxation. Then you may either ‘click’ on class detail search on the bottom left or refine your search using the criteria listed.
  • The class detail search will bring up every Tax class that is going to be offered during the semester you choose at the beginning of the process.

For Course Descriptions and prerequisites you may either use the Course Catalog page, or, while you are in the Master Schedule (see above) click on the course number at the beginning of each course title to retrieve the course description and prerequisite and/or co-requisite information.

Required Courses

All required courses are worth two credits each.

Note: Courses that are numbered must be taken in that order or may be taken simultaneously.

1. Survey of Tax
1. Survey of Tax
2. Tax I 2. Tax I    
3. Tax II 3. Tax II                              
Tax Procedure Tax Procedure
Professional Responsibilities of Tax Practitioners  Professional Responsibilities of Tax Practitioners 
Partnership Taxation Partnership Taxation
Taxation of Corporations
and Shareholders
Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
Planning Course: the planning course should be selected from the planning electives indicated with an * on the electives list.
Planning Course: the planning course should be selected from the planning electives indicated with an * on the electives list.

Elective Courses

Planning courses, one of which is required for graduation, are marked with an *. All courses are worth 2 credits each except as noted.

NOTE: An unpaid competitive internship with the Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service is available to qualified graduate tax students. The qualifying student may elect whether or not to participate in the internship for academic credit. If credit is elected, tuition is charged. Inquire at the Graduate Tax office.

Important:  Curriculum Changes Effective Fall 2014

Tax Research and Writing (LTX-3228)  and Law Governing Tax Practice (LTX-5000)  have been consolidated to create a new course  LTX-5005 Professional Responsibility of Tax Practitioners. This new required course will be offered for the first time in Fall 2014.  LTX-3228 and LTX-5000 will no longer be offered.  For students matriculating prior to Fall 2014: If you have already taken either LTX-3228  or LTX-5000, you are not required to take this new course.  If you have previously taken Law Governing Tax Practice, you simply select another elective course in order to meet your course requirements.

Contact Us


Phone Numbers
Office: 610-519-7043 or
Professor Vines: 610-519-4533
FAX: 610-519-8018

Office Hours
Spring and Fall:
M-Th 9:00 AM – 8:15 PM, F until 5 PM

M-Th 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, F until 12 PM

Disclaimer: Every attempt is made to ensure the information displayed on this page is accurate. However, the information contained herein is not to be considered official.  Changes may be made to courses and curriculum requirements.