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.

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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.


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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, www.bls.gov), 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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