The Master of Business Taxation with Data Analytics (MBT) program provides advanced coursework in tax and accounting with quantitative applications in modeling, data, analytics and technology. It is designed for those seeking a career as a tax professional within the accounting industry.

College graduates who have taken the following prerequisite courses:

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Audit

Yes, for students in the program during Fall 2024 and beyond, the Villanova MBT program is STEM-designated, meeting governmental criteria as an approved field of study in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. International students who complete the MBT program and are working in their direct field of study are eligible to apply for a potential STEM OPT visa extension to gain up to an additional 24 months of work experience. Visit the Department of Homeland Security website for additional details.

VSB’s MBT program builds on the foundational knowledge covered in an undergraduate accounting curriculum. If you didn’t major in accounting but have taken the prerequisite courses as part of another course of study, you may still be eligible for the MBT program. We encourage you to reach out to our admissions representatives to discuss your options.

The Villanova MBT is a rigorous one-year program combining classroom hours, coursework, a professional development program, and group work which requires a full-time commitment.

The Villanova MBT is a full-time program, so you’ll need to be able to commute to Villanova’s Main Campus while you’re taking on-campus courses.

Yes, our curriculum covers relevant topics on the CPA exam and provides CPA exam prep support such as access to discounted Becker exam prep materials. Please note that the MBT program must be coupled with an appropriate undergraduate degree to provide all of the credits needed to meet the educational requirements to sit for the exam. Please review the state-based educational requirements in your location.

Yes, all programs offered by the Villanova School of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the professional accrediting body for business schools.

The 2023-24 academic year tuition for the entire program is $45,660 or $1,522
per credit. The university also assesses a $50 general fee each semester.

Please note that if you require additional coursework beyond the standard curriculum, your tuition costs will be higher.

Financial aid in the form of student loans is available.

The Master of Business Taxation with Data Analytics Fellows Program is an assistantship that allows students to pursue their degree on a full-time basis while obtaining paid research experience with faculty members. Fellows receive a 50% tuition discount. In addition to receiving 50% remission of tuition and fees, fellows also receive a living stipend.
 Please submit the MBT  fellowship application to be considered.

The Villanova School of Business is pleased to offer merit scholarships to academically and professionally accomplished students. Scholarship offers and award amounts will be determined by a holistic review of the application for admission and thorough evaluation of a variety of indicators, including (but not limited to) rigor of coursework, undergraduate GPA, and standardized test scores. Once admitted, interested individuals must submit the Scholarship Request Form, which will appear on the applicant's Application Status Page after viewing their admissions decision. Once submitted, the request will be reviewed for merit award eligibility.

KPMG U.S. Foundation, Inc Scholarship for underrepresented minority students:

Thanks to the generosity and strong partnership with KPMG, the Villanova School of Business is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to students who are traditionally underrepresented in the accounting services profession. Each scholarship will be awarded at $15,000 for one academic year. Students can apply for the scholarship after being admitted to the Villanova MBT program.

Students who have completed the MBT program have the option to apply for admission to the Professional MBA program, enabling them to transfer up to 12 credits into the MBA program.

The VSB Master of Business Taxation with Data Analytics (MBT) program focuses on the quantitative aspects of taxation and considers the data and technological changes currently taking place in accounting tax settings. MBT courses integrate substantive tax principles and concepts with analytics and modelling skillsets. The MBT program exposes students to various technologies used in tax settings and positions candidates for consulting roles within taxation. MBT programs are differentiated from Master of Taxation programs which are commonly taught from a qualitative perspective and focus on tax principles and policies.

A Master of Business Taxation, like Villanova’s MBT program, is designed for those seeking a career as a tax professional within the accounting industry, including consulting roles within taxation. The MBT program provides advanced coursework in tax and accounting with quantitative applications in modeling, data, analytics and technology. The curriculum covers in-depth topics such as the impact of taxation on business operations and planning, corporate and partnership taxation, mergers and acquisitions, international taxation, state and local taxation, and tax research, policy and ethics.

A Master of Accounting, like Villanova’s MAC program, is geared for those seeking a career within audit or advisory services, corporate finance, forensic accounting or as a financial analyst. The MAC curriculum integrates data analytics with other essential skills, such as valuation, risk, tax, fraud and qualitative skills, to prepare students to become multi-dimensional accountants.



Jim Dietz
Assistant Director, Admissions

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