Application Procedures

Applicants must submit an online application. Admission to the Program is granted on a rolling basis. The application deadlines are July 31st (Fall), November 30th (Spring), and April 1st (Summer).

Admission is offered to qualified applicants whose previous academic or other experience and test scores, when applicable, indicate a high probability of success in the Program. 


Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Laws in Taxation, the Master of Taxation or Certificate Programs, applicants must provide the following materials:

  • Completed online application with $50 application fee
    • LLM applicants:  JD from a law school approved by the American Bar Association or completion of all requirements to practice law in a foreign country.  Official transcripts* for all credits leading to that degree.
    • MT applicants: Baccalaureate degree in accounting or a business-related degree from an accredited institution.  Official transcripts* from each institution of higher-learning attended in which six (6) or more credits were earned.  In addition, MT applicants must be a licensed Certified Public Accountant or have either passed the CPA exam or have taken the GMATs, or GREs within the last five (5) years.  Official test scores or a copy of the CPA exam results or license must be submitted.
    • Certificate Applicants:  Attorney-applicants must meet the same requirements as the LLM applicant.  Non-attorney applicants should follow the requirements set forth for MT applicants.  Please note that applicants that are neither attorneys nor accounts must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.  Additionally, the candidate must have a professional certification in the financial planning area (e.g., CLU, CFP) and experience in individual business, financial planning, or both.
  • One letter of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • Essay identifying professional goals that are consistent with the purposes of the Villanova Graduate Tax Program
  • Resume

*E-transcripts are the preferred method of delivery and should be sent directly from the institution to



Financial Aid

In order to qualify for financial aid, a student must be (1) admitted to the Program; (2) a U.S. citizen, national or an eligible non-citizen; (3) enrolled at least half-time; and (4) must meet any other applicable requirements identified by the Villanova Law School Financial Aid Office.  For purposes of the financial aid rules applicable to the Graduate Tax Program, two courses are considered half-time participation and three or more courses are considered full-time participation.

For information about loans and financial aid, contact the School of Law Financial Aid Office.  Call: 610-519-7015, email: or visit the website.

International Applicants:

Applicants must have excellent English language writing and speaking ability.  In addition to the required documents, applicants whose native language is other than English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL exam) and obtain a score exceeding 100 points on the internet-based TOEFL exam (with minimum scores of 25 in each of the four sections) or 600 on the paper-based TOEFL exam (with minimum scores of 60 in each of the three sections).

Meghan Petsko, Amy Ellis, and Ed Liva with Wil D. Cat

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Edward Liva, Director 
Graduate Tax Program and Professor of Practice

Meghan Petsko
Associate Director, Graduate Tax Program    

Amy Ellis
Program Coordinator, Graduate Tax Program

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