Graduate Certificate in Taxation

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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.

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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 

Graduate Certificate in Taxation Curriculum

PSU’s tax certificate requires 20 credits, consisting of one required course and four electives. Courses cover subject matter in:

  • Tax research and writing (required)
  • Corporate taxation
  • State and local taxation
  • Taxation of property transactions
  • International taxation
  • Pass-through entities
  • Estate, gifts and trusts taxation
  • Tax accounting methods
  • Financial accounting for income taxes

Visit the Taxation Certificate curriculum page for details.