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Prepare for a career in tax compliance and representation.

Understanding the federal and state tax codes is vitally important for individuals, companies and nonprofits to stay in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For accountants, understanding tax preparation, compliance and policy is essential, so those with the coveted knowledge to navigate these complex and complicated laws are valued by all. CPA firms, businesses, and non-profits hire skilled tax professionals and accountants to ensure compliance with the IRS, and the government hires tax professionals to review the tax documents it receives. There is no question those with a background in tax law, compliance and preparation are hugely sought after.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants is closely tied to the growth of the economy and is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028. Completing this certificate program will help set you apart, sharpen your competitive edge, boost your earning power and better prepare you to succeed in this important field.

What is it?

The Graduate Certificate in Taxation is a 12-credit-hour program that can be completed in as few as two semesters (taking 6 credit hours per semester) or up to four semesters (taking 3 credit hours per semester). This program is well suited for business, accounting and law students interested in careers that require competency in tax law, and for those planning to enroll in a master’s or CPA program. This certificate emphasizes one of the key services areas in the CPA Profession. It is also designed to provide current tax preparers and investment advisors the additional training needed to advance their careers and better serve their clients.

Throughout the program, students will study business and personal income tax theory and applied methods required to be an immediate contributor in tax groups at CPA firms, corporations and other organizations. Students will master compliance with federal and state tax code as it pertains to individuals, corporations and other entities. They will also master tax planning strategies for individuals and businesses.

Four Courses:

ACCTNG 4401: Financial Accounting and Reporting III

ACCTNG 4441: Advanced Federal Income Tax: Business Taxation

ACCTNG 5441: Tax Research

ACCTNG 6441: Graduate Topics in Taxation

Career Opportunities

Tax Manager
Tax Attorney

Serious Education. Serious Value.

A Graduate Certificate in Taxation at UMSL is earned through our internationally recognized College of Business Administration, ranked among the top 2 percent of business schools in the world thanks to dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.

Our innovative certificate programs are designed to provide specialized knowledge, skills and training in a flexible format, and in a short amount of time. Completing a certificate program can help set you apart, sharpen your competitive edge, boost your earning power and advance in your profession.

You’ll learn from highly qualified PhD faculty with significant practical experience in taxation. Many hold terminal degrees from some of the world’s most prestigious accounting programs. They’re not only academics, but business practitioners and active consultants who bridge the classroom with the real world.

UMSL provides the knowledge, resources, tools, skills and support students will need to be successful in our programs. Designed to accommodate busy adults, the flexibility of this program enables students to boost their credentials while balancing work, family and school life. UMSL is committed to increasing access to higher education, and as such, is consistently ranked number one in affordability in the St. Louis region.

College of Business Administration
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St. Louis, MO 63121
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St. Louis, MO 63121
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