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Graduate Certificate in Taxation

The Certificate in Taxation is composed of four 3-credit courses (12 credits): ACCT 7510, ACCT 7511, ACCT 7521, and one elective course. The focus of the certificate is to provide students with both a practical and theoretical foundation and applied hands-on skills. The certificate is dedicated exclusively to the study of taxation. Admission to the Certificate in Taxation program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and completion of ACCT 3510 Tax 1 or its equivalent. Completion of an admission test is not required.

This certificate is designed for students who are interested in studying taxation for their own professional practice, for a family business, or as a career-builder by developing tax skills and broad business thinking while working for small or large corporations. The program is suitable for practicing accountants, attorneys, financial planners, and others who do not primarily practice in the field of taxation but who wish to obtain a refresher or new background in that field of practice and knowledge.

The certificate program provides students with an overview of different areas of taxation and provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to identify and resolve many tax issues. The curriculum provides an exposure to the basic areas of taxation including individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Coursework in the certificate program is geared to professionals employed on a full-time basis. Classes meet one or two evenings per week or are offered in an online/hybrid format. A student who wishes to earn the certificate should consult with the coordinator of the M.S. Accounting Program to ensure that the courses are in line with his or her academic/career objectives.

Admission Requirements

  1. Same as college and university requirements.
  2. The Certificate in Taxation program may be pursued concurrently with other programs at the University of Memphis. To be approved for the program, students must complete an application form and submit it and a current graduate transcript to the School of Accountancy for review.
  3. Non-degree seeking graduate students may also pursue this certificate program of study. To be approved for the program, these students must submit evidence of this non-degree-seeking graduate student status, along with the completed application form, to the School of Accountancy for review.
  4. Admission to this certificate program is not an implied acceptance into any other program in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics.

Program Requirements

The certificate program requires completion of 12 semester credit hours, as follows:

Required courses

  • ACCT 7510 Tax Research and Theory
  • ACCT 7511 Taxation of Partnerships
  • ACCT 7521 Taxation of Business Entities

Electives (choose one)

  • MIS 7605 Business Database Systems
  • MIS 7700 Fundamentals of Data Analysis
  • LAW Course 385 U.S. Taxation of International Income
  • LAW Course 370 Non-Profit Organizations

Graduation Requirements

  1. To obtain the certificate, a student must complete all four of the required courses with an average grade of 3.0 (B) or higher, for a total of 12 credits.
  2. In the semester of completion, the student must submit an Intent to Graduate Form to the Graduate School and a Graduate Certificate Candidacy form to the College Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline specified by the Graduate School.

Course Descriptions

Please see the University of Memphis catalog.

Contact Us

To apply or request more information, please contact:

Dr. Jim Lukawitz
901.678.3030 | Email