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  • SBA Graduate Programs Office

  • Kenn B. Tachinno

    • Department Head, Economics, Finance, and Taxation
    • Quick Center, Room 241
    • tel: 610-499-4328



Find answers to frequently asked questions about the master of science in taxation and financial planning program at Widener.

How can I apply?

Visit the Graduate Admissions page. There are no application fees.

When are the application deadlines?

We have rolling admissions for both the on-campus and online program, so there is not a set date. Your application must be completed in time to be processed for your desired semester. You may enter the program in any semester.

What are the admission requirements?

Admission to the program may be granted following an evaluation of the application file. Factors affecting the decision include, but are not limited to, previous academic performance, test scores, recommendations, and work history.

Applicants required to take the GMAT are evaluated using the formula 200*GPA + GMAT > 1060. Minimum undergraduate GPA is 2.7; minimum GMAT is 450.

The GMAT may be waived for

  • Five years of relevant work experience after graduation from a bachelor’s program; proof of experience must be submitted
  • Applicants who hold a master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution
  • Applicants who graduated from an accredited U.S. institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Holders of the following certifications: CPA, CMA, CIA, CFA, CFP, CFM, CISA
  • Students who complete a related certificate and have earned at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average 

What are admission requirements for international students?

In addition to the above requirements, a minimum IBT TOEFL score of 95 must be documented. There are also other requirements; please go to the International Graduate Admissions page for more information. 

How much does the program cost?

Please visit Graduate Tuition & Fees. (Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.)

Is there financial aid available for part-time students?

YES! You may contact Diane M. Pelli, Associate Director, Student Financial Services, Graduate Programs by phone at 610-499-4161 or by e-mail at

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is flexible. You can finish in one calendar year plus one semester of full-time study. It may take two years or more of part-time study. See the Requirements page