Online Taxation LL.M. Program

Georgetown’s world-class Taxation LL.M. program, M.S.L. in Taxation Program, and specialty tax certificate programs are now available entirely online. Georgetown’s online degree and certificate programs are designed to give working professionals access to its high-quality tax education with the flexibility to attend classes and complete assignments on their own time from virtually anywhere in the world.  Online students enroll in the same courses as on-campus students, take the same final exams, and receive the same degree or certificate as on-campus students (with no distinction on the student’s diploma that the degree was completed online). Students enrolled in the online Taxation LL.M. program also receive full access to the same services as students on campus, including individualized academic advising and professional development resources, and are eligible to participate in all on-campus recruitment events, including the Taxation Interview Program, the nation’s flagship program for the recruitment of tax attorneys.

For details on how online classes are delivered, please see the FAQs below.

Note: International students in F-1 or J-1 status are not able to enroll in our part-time or online programs. Please email an International Student Advisor at if you have any questions.

Note on State Authorization to offer Online Programs
Georgetown Law is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which allows online programs that demonstrate compliance with their home state’s authorization requirements to enjoy reciprocal authorization in all other SARA states, which include D.C., Puerto Rico, and all U.S. states except California. Georgetown is also authorized separately to deliver online education to students residing in California. For more information on state authorization, including state complaint processes and refund policies the university is required to comply with, please visit Georgetown’s office of Compliance and Ethics web page:

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Disclosure Regarding Professional Licensure
Georgetown Law’s online degree and certificate programs will not lead to professional licensure and will not qualify a student to sit for any state bar exam.

Frequently Asked Questions About Georgetown’s Online LL.M. and Certificate Programs

What are the primary differences between the online and on-campus Taxation LL.M. programs?

The substance of the on-campus and online Taxation LL.M. programs are virtually the same. Students enroll in the same courses, take the same final exams, and earn the same Taxation LL.M. degree, whether they complete the program online or on-campus. Most courses are available in both formats (in person and online), although some smaller seminar courses may only be available to on-campus students.

The online program is generally a part-time program designed for working professionals who want access to the Georgetown education, but cannot relocate to Washington, DC, or whose work commitments preclude them from taking classes in person. Work experience, therefore, is an important factor considered in admission to the online Taxation LL.M. program. Students who have recently graduated from law school, have little or no full-time legal work experience, or who intend to complete their degree on a full-time basis are strongly encouraged to apply to the on-campus program.

What are the admission requirements for Georgetown’s online Taxation LL.M. degree and certificate programs?

Admission to Georgetown’s online Taxation LL.M. degree and certificate programs is highly selective, and is based on the same admissions standards as our on-campus program. Applicants must hold a first degree in law (J.D. or equivalent) from an ABA-approved law school, or a bachelor’s degree in law from an approved non-U.S. law school. For more information on admission to the Taxation LL.M. program, please visit the website for our Graduate Admissions Office.

All prospective students must have taken a basic federal income tax course during their J.D. program, or complete Georgetown Law’s online course, Foundations of Federal Income Tax, prior to matriculation. The vast majority of applicants to the online Taxation LL.M. program have several years of post-graduate legal work experience.

What are the requirements to earn the online Taxation LL.M. degree?

The online Taxation LL.M. degree requires the completion of 24 credit hours of coursework, including 20 tax specialization credits. A full list of qualifying courses can be found under the Taxation LL.M. (online) tab for Courses in a Graduate Program in Georgetown Law’s online curriculum guide. There are no specific course requirements, so students are able to design their program to suit their academic and career objectives. However, the faculty and administration provide detailed course selection guidance for graduate tax students, and all students receive individualized academic advising throughout the duration of the program.

How long does it take to complete the online Taxation LL.M. degree or a certificate program?

Most graduate-level tax classes carry two credits each. Full-time Taxation LL.M. students generally take twelve academic credits each semester and complete the program in two semesters. Part-time Taxation LL.M. students typically take between two and six credits per semester and finish the program in two or three years.

Each of our certificate programs requires the completion of ten credits of coursework. Students generally take between two and six credits per semester and finish the program in one or two years.

How are classes in the online program conducted? Do I need to attend class at the specified meeting time?

Most tax classes are offered in both the on-campus and online program with a designated meeting time (e.g., Mondays from 5:45-7:45 pm). However, the majority of online classes are asynchronous, meaning that students receive access to the class videos within 24 hours after the live class meets. Students interact with one another and their professors using Canvas, Georgetown’s learning management system, and through e-mail and videoconferencing applications. A handful of online courses do require live attendance on specific days and times. The class format for each course is described in the online curriculum guide.

How are exams administered for online students?

Although the final assessment varies depending on the course, most online students will complete a take-home examination at the end of the semester. These exams are administered online by the Registrar’s Office and may be time limited (e.g., students may have a window of 3-4 hours during the exam period to complete a take-home exam).

How much is tuition?

Full-time students (taking eight or more credits) pay tuition by the semester, and part-time students (taking seven or fewer credits) pay tuition by the credit hour. More information about tuition and cost of attendance is available on our website (here).

Do online students have access to academic advising and career and professional development resources? What about campus buildings and library resources?

Yes to all! Online students receive the same access to academic and career resources as on-campus students, including individualized academic advising, career advising, and access to Georgetown’s Symplicity jobs database and on-campus interview programs (including the Taxation Interview Program, co-hosted with NYU, during the year of the student’s expected graduation date). All students (including online students) receive a student ID that gives them access to all campus buildings, and are provided with access to all electronic library resources, including Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg, and RIA Checkpoint, among others. Online students may also attend classes in person and take on-campus classes on a space-available basis.

Are Georgetown’s online programs available to residents in all states?