Graduate Certificate in Taxation Studies: Certificate Overview

Graduate certificate programs in taxation studies are geared toward practicing tax professionals. Students in these programs learn about the complexities of the tax system and evolving tax issues.

Essential Information

Most graduate certificates in taxation studies take less than a year to complete. A bachelor's degree is required for admission.Some programs are created with courses from graduate catalogs and can be used to continue on to a master's degree in taxation.

Graduate Certificate in Taxation Studies

To qualify for admission to a graduate certificate program in taxation studies, students likely will need to have a bachelor's degree in business, taxation, or a related field. Some schools may base admissions decisions on work experience, grade point average, and professional accomplishments. The curriculum focuses solely on tax-related topics, with no general education courses required. Topics covered in a program can vary from school to school and may largely depend on current trends in the field. Courses might include the following:

  • Federal, state, and local income taxation
  • Tax research methods
  • Corporate and property taxes
  • General tax procedures
  • Estate tax policies
  • Tax-exempt situations

Possible Career Options

Graduate certificate programs in taxation studies don't prepare individuals for a specific career. Instead, they are designed to enhance a person's existing skills and knowledge in the field of taxation and accounting. Professionals who might benefit from completing a graduate certificate include:

  • Accountants
  • Administrative personnel
  • Business owners
  • Tax preparers

Employment Outlook and Job Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS,, the employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 11% between 2014 and 2024, while tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents could see job opportunities in their field decline by 6%. In May 2014, the BLS reported that the median annual salary earned by accountants and auditors was $65,940. Tax examiners and collectors earned a mean of $57,280 and tax preparers earned a mean of $44,730 the same year.

Continuing Education Information

Graduates of a certificate program in taxation studies might be able to transfer the credits earned from that program to a master's degree, which could lead to career advancement.

After obtaining a bachelor's degree, students may choose to complete taxation studies graduate certificate programs, which enhance students' knowledge and skills in taxation and accounting. Additional education is available at the master's degree level.

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