How to Apply

Taxation Graduate Certificate

Admissions Requirements

Admissions standards for the Graduate Certificate in Taxation are tailored to your educational and professional background:

Student Type Admissions Standards

Accountants and Tax Practitioners
Seeking Advanced Tax Expertise

Bachelor's degree in accounting and employment in a tax-related field, a Certified Public Accountant license, or an Enrolled Agent license.
Individuals Seeking Career Change Into Taxation

Bachelor's degree outside of accounting with a 3.0 GPA in the following upper division accounting prerequisite courses*:

  • Accounting Information Systems - Accounting 335
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I - Accounting 381
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II - Accounting 382
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting III - Accounting 383
  • Introductory Tax - Accounting 421
  • Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting - Accounting 430
  • Auditing Concepts and Practices - Accounting 492

Current Undergraduate
Accounting Majors

Bachelor's degree in accounting prior to starting the program with a 3.0 GPA in upper division accounting courses.
Lawyers JD degree

*To confirm if specific courses you completed can be counted as prerequisites please submit all transcripts to the Graduate Business Programs office ( The Graduate Business Programs Office will review your transcripts and notify you within two weeks.

Application Requirements

GMAT/GRE not required for this program

  1. Professional resume
  2. Unofficial transcripts/marksheets from each college or university attended
    1. Official Transcripts will be required to be submitted if admitted.
    2. Visit the PSU Admissions website for detailed transcript requirements.
  3. Contact information for two professional references
  4. Statement of Purpose: In 500 words or less, please tell us what has led you to pursue this degree. Identify your short-term and long-term career objectives, an explanation of your decision to pursue this degree at this point in your life, and your specific interest in Portland State University’s School of Business.
  5. Interview: After an initial application review, selected candidates may be invited to an on-campus or virtual interview. An email invitation will be sent to schedule an appointment.
  6. $67 application fee
  7. Meet PSU minimum admission requirements

Application Requirements for Current PSU Graduate Students

  1. Complete a Request for Change of Program form.
    1. Please select the option “I wish to add to my present program...”
    2. The form must be signed by your current academic advisor.
  2. Complete the Graduate Business Certificate Request form.
    1. Brief purpose statement and resume required
  3. You will be notified of the department’s admission decision via email.
  4. If admitted, contact your academic advisor to determine your schedule of courses.

Learn More about the Taxation Certificate

Application Due Dates

New students start classes in the summer or fall quarters only.

  • Summer Deadline - June 1
  • Fall Deadline - August 31