Closely-Held Business Taxation Certificate

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Explore Taxation for Non-Public Businesses

The Carlson School of Management's online Closely-Held Business Taxation Certificate delivers a specialized curriculum for tax practitioners working with private corporations, including C corporations, S corporations, and LLCs. 

This AACSB-accredited program focuses on tax, legal, and planning requirements of closely-held businesses. You will grow your understanding of the complex rules and regulations surrounding these corporations and their owners, preparing to help them achieve their goals. 

Associated Degree: Online MBT

9-24 months
work experience
Work experience
Not required
start date
Start date
January, September

Courses for Closely-Held Business Tax Strategy

This 100% online certificate consists of six courses and 12 total credits. An elective is built into the program plan so you can customize your studies to fit your professional interests. You will explore partnership taxation, property transactions, and wealth transfer to grow your expertise in these critical areas.

Instructional design experts developed the Carlson School's taxation courses specifically for the online modality to ensure our students have access to the highest-quality learning experiences. All courses in this program meet the accounting requirements for the CPA exam and count toward the continuing education credits required to maintain CPA licensure.

  • MBT 6335: S (Small Business) Corporations - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6341: Partnership Tax - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6351: Wealth Transfer (Estates and Gifts) - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6363: Compensation & Benefits - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6371: Property Transactions - 2 Credits

Select one of the following courses to meet the 12-credit requirement:

  • MBT 6201: Tax Accounting Methods I - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6226: Negotiation Techniques in Taxation - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6231: Corporate Taxation I - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6346: ASC 740 Computations and Analysis - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6347: Tax Technology and Analytics Fundamentals - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6351: Wealth Transfer I (Estates and Gifts) - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6353: Income Taxation of Fiduciaries - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6361: State and Local Taxation - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6363: Compensation and Benefits - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6371: Taxation of Property Transactions - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6381: Tax Aspects of International Business I - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6383: Transfer Pricing - 2 Credits
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Become an Expert in Closely-Held Business Taxation

Closely-held businesses have unique needs when it comes to tax planning, preparation, and strategy. You can get the training you need to pursue roles in this specialized practice area with an online graduate certificate from Carlson. Skilled tax specialists are in demand now and in the future, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting 1,538,400 new jobs added to the market through 2032.1

  • $105,647 Median salary for tax managers2
  • $82,949 Median salary for senior tax consultants3

Why Earn a Taxation Certificate?

Our graduate certificates allow you to take master's-level courses and specialize your skills in a targeted area. You can upskill quickly and earn a valuable credential without committing to a full degree. Throughout your program, you will grow your network by learning alongside fellow professionals in classes led by taxation experts. Plus, students who complete the online graduate certificate in closely-held business taxation can apply their credits toward Carlson's Master of Business Taxation degree program.*

Tuition Details

The Carlson School's taxation certificates provide the advanced knowledge and hands-on experience you need for professional development and long-term career growth. This program consists of 12 credits with a tuition cost of $1,545 per credit hour. The total tuition cost is $18,540. You can transfer up to two credits of graduate tax coursework to accelerate your program completion time.

Admissions Details and Application Deadlines

The Carlson School of Management offers a streamlined online application for our graduate certificate programs. There is no minimum GPA requirement, and our application fee is $75, with a waiver available for active-duty U.S. military service members. You can explore other requirements below.

Admissions Requirements Overview

The following materials are required to apply to the Taxation Graduate Certificate program:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed application
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges where coursework has been completed
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume

Prerequisite Courses

The following required prerequisite courses may be taken after admission but must be completed before students are eligible to begin taxation program courses: ACCT 2051 (4 credits) and ACCT 5135 (4 credits). Equivalent courses may be substituted with the approval of the director of graduate studies.

Application Deadlines

Spring Start 


Fall Start 


October 15June 15

We accept applications after the deadline if space is available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about the Carlson School's Closely-Held Business Taxation Certificate below.

The first step is to start your application.

Work experience is not required for admission, but applicants must submit a current resume. Contact us to learn more about our admissions policy.

Earning a graduate certificate allows you to upskill quickly in targeted areas that can enhance your career. Career paths in closely-held business taxation include risk management specialist, budget analyst, and tax consultant.

Tuition is $1,545 per credit hour. You'll complete 12 credits for a total tuition cost of $18,540. You can contact us to learn more about tuition and fees.

Most students complete this graduate certificate program in 9-24 months.

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Sources and Disclaimer

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accountants and Auditors.
  2. Tax Manager Salary. 
  3. Senior Tax Accountant Salary.

*To begin this process, certificate candidates must apply for admission to the master's program. Contact us to learn more.