Online Taxation Graduate Certificate

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Enhance Your Tax Expertise

The online Taxation Certificate from the Carlson School of Management is designed to provide strong foundational knowledge of corporate tax accounting methods and practices. It includes core courses required for our MS in Taxation degree, delivering essential knowledge in just 12 credits. In this AACSB-accredited program, you will gain technical expertise and hone critical thinking skills you can apply in a range of contexts. 

Associated Degree: Online MBT

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

Online Certificate in Taxation Courses

This program consists of five courses and 12 total credits. Elective options are built into the program plan so you can study topics most relevant to your career. 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 6201: Tax Accounting Methods I - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6221: Tax Research, Communication and Practice - 4 Credits
  • MBT 6231: Corporate Tax - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6341: Partnership Tax - 2 Credits

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

  • MBT 6202: Tax Accounting Methods II - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6226: Negotiation Techniques in Taxation - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6232: Corporate Taxation II - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6333: Tax Aspects of Consolidated Returns - 2 Credits
  • MBT 6335: Taxation of the Small Business Corporation - 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
  • MBT 6501: Business, Government, and Economic Tax Policy - 2 Credits
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Advance Your Career in Corporate and Public Accounting

Skilled accountants are needed in every organization to ensure tax compliance and financial health. Employment growth for accounting and auditing professionals is expected to keep pace with the national average for all occupations through 2032, with around 126,500 new openings projected each year.1 With Carlson's online Taxation Certificate, you can build a specialized, advanced skill set to prepare for leadership roles in corporate tax and public accounting.

  • $77,531 Median salary for senior tax accountants2
  • $81,687 Median salary for accounting managers3

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 experts. Students completing this online graduate certificate can apply credits toward the Carlson School'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 prerequisite courses may be taken after admission but must be completed before students can 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 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. Possible roles include tax advisor, tax accountant, and accounting manager.

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 Disclaimers

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

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