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Graduate Certificate in


Penn State's 9-credit online Graduate Certificate in Taxation program provides you with a working understanding of tax laws and regulations. Topics cover the foundational elements of taxation, research and analysis, corporate and international taxation, and ethical responsibility.

All courses in this self-paced program are delivered asynchronously, meaning you are not required to log in at a particular time each week. Optional synchronous discussions for Smeal-developed courses will be available for those students who prefer a higher level of engagement. You can complete your graduate certificate online on a part-time basis in about 12 months.

Course List – Graduate Certificate in Taxation

Required Courses (select 9 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Taxation ACCTG  812 Delivers an overview of U.S. Federal Tax with a focus on taxation of individuals, corporations, flow-through entities, and property transactions; students learn to recognize major tax issues, with an emphasis on understanding how they impact economic decision-making. 3 credits
Corporate Taxation and Financial Reporting ACCTG  522 Focuses on the tax law treatment of corporate formations, operations, distributions, mergers, and acquisitions, as well as accounting for income taxes. 3 credits
Survey of Tax Topics ACCTG  823 Provides a survey of the law defining the taxation of pass-through entities including partnerships, S-corporations, limited liability companies, and trusts. 3 credits
International Taxation ACCTG  826

Explores the U.S. federal income tax system as applicable to international taxation and its effects on individual and organizational decision-making; students gain the knowledge to evaluate legal jurisdiction, residency, and income sourcing, along with planning to optimize transfer pricing and income deferral.

1.5 credits
State and Local Taxation ACCTG  827

Provides students with an understanding of state and local taxation, including personal and corporate income tax, sales and use tax, and legal limitations to taxation.

1.5 credits

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