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Graduate Certificate in Advanced Studies in Taxation

Program at a Glance


Advanced Studies in Taxation


Online, Hybrid

Total Units


Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Studies in Taxation is aimed at working tax professionals who already have earned a taxation-related MS, MBA or LLM, and want to remain on the cutting edge of tax law.

The flexible schedule allows working professionals to pursue their degree at their own pace: students need to complete the 12 semester units over a 5-year period. While a taxation-related MS, MBA or LLM degree from Golden Gate University is highly preferred, students with tax degrees from other schools may be accepted upon approval of the dean.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside the US) institution, and provide official transcripts.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements.
  • Certificate students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • To apply for certificate programs, students should submit an admission application and fee.

Important Note: Graduate certificate admission is limited to domestic students. Students that plan to study on an F or J Visa may apply to graduate programs only.

Proficiency Requirements

Writing Proficiency

Students are expected to possess proficiency in writing to ensure they can be successful in their course of study. Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement.


This certificate requires completion of 12 units of graduate courses. Qualifying courses include all those leading to the Master of Science in Taxation.

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