Graduate Certificate Online Program Taxation Certificate

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Taxation Graduate Certificate Overview

Our graduate tax certificate can improve your career bottom line.

Offered by Portland State University’s nationally-ranked School of Business, the graduate certificate in taxation equips you with targeted, high-impact tax expertise. 

Our taxation program caters to working professionals in accounting, law, business, financial planning, and related fields. It’s also ideal for accounting majors who need a fifth year of education to qualify for the CPA exam.

Designed in collaboration with corporate tax practitioners and public accountants, the program emphasizes practical, results-oriented taxation and accounting expertise. Online courses enable you to complete the taxation certificate while you’re working full-time, and course schedules never interfere with tax season.

Whether you’re in the midst of your career or just starting, our graduate certificate in taxation can make you a more productive, more marketable tax professional.

Degree Details

  • GC
    Graduate Certificate
    Total Credits
    Start Term
    Summer & Fall

Graduate Certificate in Taxation: Why PSU?

  • Superior faculty. You’ll learn from seasoned tax professionals who’ve spent years in the industry. PSU’s graduate taxation instructors have worked in a variety of settings, including Big 4 accounting firms, regional accounting firms, law firms, global corporations, the government, and consulting agencies. They teach from an informed perspective that matches your first-hand experience. 
  • Practical curriculum. Our graduate certificate in taxation emphasizes relevant material that you can apply immediately in your job. You’ll work with the most current tax tools and technologies, including up-to-the-minute changes in tax law and the global economy.
  • Rigorous academics. Portland State holds elite dual accreditation in accounting and business from the Association to Advance Collegiate Colleges of Business (AACSB) - Placing us in the upper echelon of U.S. business schools. We also have a long list of “best-of” honors from U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, CFA Institute, and other organizations.
  • High-touch instruction. Our online tax certificate encourages direct interaction between students and faculty. You’ll communicate in real-time via user-friendly digital tools, enabling you to form real relationships with instructors and fellow tax professionals.

Graduate Certificate in Taxation Highlights

  • Online courses offer flexibility for working professionals
  • Designed to sync your classes with the accounting recruitment cycles
  • School of Business holds prestigious dual accreditation from AACSB in accounting and business
  • Results-oriented curriculum designed by tax professionals
  • Relevant for working professionals who specialize in taxation, accounting, law, investing, and other fields

What Can I Do With a Graduate Certificate in Taxation?

Our graduate taxation certificate is for professionals who require advanced tax expertise to achieve specific career objectives. The program caters to;

  • Accountants and tax preparers looking to upgrade their services
  • Undergraduate accounting students who seek to qualify for the CPA exam
  • CFOs, controllers, and other corporate tax specialists who are responsible for tax planning and compliance
  • Lawyers who advise clients on tax-related matters
  • Investment advisers who seek to offer tax-advantaged investments and financial planning advice 

Taxation Graduate Certificate Curriculum

The Taxation Graduate Certificate is a 20 credit program; a 4 credit required course and 16 credits of elective courses.

The curriculum for the Taxation Graduate Certificate has been co-developed with tax practitioners from both public accounting firms and corporate tax departments to equip you with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience that will advance your career in tax.

Required Course

Term Course Title Prerequisites
Fall or Summer MTAX 525 Tax Research and Writing (4) None



Term Course Title Prerequisites
Summer MTAX 530 Taxation of Property Transactions (2) None
Summer MTAX 531 Pass-through Entities (4) None
Fall MTAX 527 Corporate Taxation I (4) None
Fall MTAX 526 Tax Accounting Methods and Periods (4) None
Fall MTAX 535 State and Local Taxation (4) None
Fall MTAX 536 International Taxation (4) MTAX 527
Winter MTAX 532 Pass-through Entities II (2) MTAX 531
Winter MTAX 539 Taxation of Estates, Gifts and Trusts (4) None
Winter ACTG 553 Financial Statement Analysis (4) None
Spring MTAX 528 Corporate Taxation II (4) MTAX 527
Spring MTAX 533 Financial Accounting for Income Taxes (4) MTAX 527

Accreditation & Rankings

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

One of fewer than 200 business schools worldwide — top 1% — to be accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is the elite business school accreditation known internationally.