Villanova University Graduate Tax Program Launches International Tax Certificate

Inaugural class will begin in Fall 2024

VILLANOVA, Pa. (February 28, 2024) – Beginning in fall 2024, Villanova University will offer a new certificate in International Tax, expanding upon the professional offerings within the Charles Widger School of Law and its Graduate Tax program. The certificate will provide an additional credential for advanced tax specialists to further their technical knowledge and skills in an evolving field.

The program curriculum will consist of five courses on international mergers and acquisitions, transfer pricing, inbound and outbound transactions, foreign tax credit rules and taxation of foreign currency transactions. The certificate will be available as a standalone program or in conjunction with the Master of Taxation or Master of Laws in Taxation programs.

“Launching the international tax certificate is an exciting opportunity,” said Mark C. Alexander, the Arthur J. Kania Dean of Villanova Law. “The Graduate Tax Program currently offers two international tax courses as electives, which have been in high demand for years. Students and employers have consistently requested more educational opportunities in international tax law. By creating this certificate, we will enable students to delve more deeply into the subject and gain the skills the industry demands.”

The forthcoming International Tax Certificate will provide students with a complete understanding of global taxation from concept to practice. Designed to equip professionals with a broad understanding of the fundamental principles and evolving regulations surrounding global tax dynamics, this certificate program will educate students on the multifaceted world of international tax, emphasizing topics such as transfer pricing methodologies, intangible asset valuation, meticulous documentation requirements, as well as the U.S. penalty system. The International Tax Certificate will also provide the nuanced expertise needed to navigate complex tax landscapes that affect the global market, and students will gain an understanding of difficult concepts and strategies, allowing them to gain insight into today’s complex global tax landscape and address various challenges.

Applications to enroll in the International Tax Certificate for fall 2024 are open, and classes will begin in August.

About Villanova University’s Graduate Tax Program: The Villanova University Graduate Tax Program was founded in 1980 to meld real-world education with professional responsibility in tax practice. Designed for legal, accounting and business professionals, the program prepares students to advance their tax careers and meet today’s challenges of the complex and ever-changing tax environment. Rooted in a doctrinal foundation with a focus on practical tax skills, the Villanova Graduate Tax Program features an LLM in taxation for lawyers and a master of taxation for accounting and business professionals, as well as certificate programs in specialized areas of taxation, all offered both online, in-person or a hybrid of both.

About Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law: Founded in 1953, the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law provides broad-based legal education that is grounded in academic rigor, practical hands-on training and a foundation in business that prepares graduates for diverse and rewarding legal careers. The Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association, offers several in-house clinics and more than 250 externship opportunities that immerse students in the real-world application of their legal skills. Villanova Law is home to Centers of Excellence—the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy; the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance; the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship; and the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law—which provide students the opportunity to pursue innovative, interdisciplinary legal fields through study, practical experience and mentorship.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit