LOUISVILLE (March 20, 2012) — Sweeping changes to tax laws are creating increased demand for knowledgeable tax experts. Bellarmine University is responding to this need with a new master’s degree in taxation.The program begins this fall, with all classes on evenings and Saturdays. The 30 credit hours required for a degree can be completed in as little as one year.The master of science in taxation is designed for practicing accountants and attorneys, financial planners and recent accounting graduates. Credits in the program may qualify for Certified Public Accountant credits in some states. No other school in the region offers a graduate degree in taxation.“Students in the program will be exposed to all areas of taxation, including individual, partnership, corporate, international, compensation, trust, procedures and estate taxation,” said Dr. Dan Bauer, dean of Bellarmine’s W. Fielding Rubel School of Business. “Courses not only cover the basics of taxation but also advanced subject matter and procedural areas of tax law.”The taxation program joins the Rubel School’s master of business administration program, as well as undergraduate programs in accounting, business administration, economics and finance. It has the support of the Rubel School Executive Advisory Board, a group representing area accounting firms, businesses and nonprofits.Information on registration, tuition and financial aid can be found athttp://www.bellarmine.edu/admissions/graduate/majorsandprograms/msttop. Information Sessions for the program take place on Wednesday, April 4, and Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Miles Hall, Room 123. Interested students should RSVP by contacting the Office of Graduate Admission at 502-272-7200 or [email protected].The W. Fielding Rubel School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique educational experience: a broad-based liberal arts education supplemented by top-notch business preparation. This difference is viewed quite favorably by employers, who praise Bellarmine graduates for their writing and critical thinking skills. The master’s program includes MBA tracks for executive, weeknight and weekend students, as well as a program that combines an MBA with a master’s in nursing. The Princeton Review ranks the Rubel School as one of the nation’s best business schools, and the school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).