The Villanova Graduate Tax Program offers qualified professionals the opportunity to earn a Certificate by undertaking a comprehensive and specialized curriculum in Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, or State and Local Taxation.

The Certificate can be completed in conjunction with the LLM or MT degree, or as a stand-alone certificate program.


The Employee Benefits Certificate is available to attorneys, accountants, and other tax professionals. The curriculum focuses on the field of employee benefits law with coursework designed from the practitioner's perspective and provides you with a comprehensive foundation in the complex federal laws that govern the taxation of employee benefits.

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This graduate certificate explores the intricacies of estate tax through courses that cover wealth tax, trusts, charitable gift planning and more. You will emerge with skills to assist individuals and businesses in estate and wealth tax planning through a comprehensive analysis of complex estate tax issues.

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State and Local Taxation (“SALT”) continues to be a significant area of focus for all businesses concerned with their company’s cash flow, effective tax rate and risk profile. Increasingly, state and local governments react to their own financial challenges with expanding tax regimes, increased reporting and compliance requirements, and aggressive audit activity and penalty assessments. As a result, the need for tax professionals equipped with a deep knowledge and skillset in SALT continues to grow.

The SALT Certificate curriculum will expose you to the various regimes of state and local taxation that affect today’s businesses. More importantly, it will enable you to create or recommend solutions that are in conformity with the states’ applicable laws and regulations, and are consistent with your company or client’s overall business objectives, and global and national tax profile.

The SALT Certificate courses are taught by leading SALT practitioners from Big Four and regional accounting firms, law firms and Fortune 500 companies. The SALT Certificate is available to LLM students, MT students or as a stand-alone Certificate.

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Tuition for students pursuing the certificate as a stand-alone program is the same per-credit amount as for LLM and MT degree students.

Given an appropriate sequencing of courses, a certificate student can finish the program in one academic year. To accommodate work-schedule and other time commitments, a certificate participant has three years within which to complete the program requirements.

Students who enter the Certificate Program may develop an interest in pursuing the full LLM or MT degree. Since admission requirements for certificate participants generally are the equivalent of those for degree candidates, in most instances the transition to a full degree candidate can be accomplished without additional application submissions. Interested students must contact the Graduate Tax Office for approval.

The certificate awarded is a certificate of achievement that signals the successful completion of the specialized course of study. Note that the certification is not an attestation as to the professional competence of the certificate holder, nor is it a formal degree. At the beginning of the semester in which coursework will be completed, the student MUST complete the Diploma Order Form.

CLE and CPE continuing education credit is available to attorneys and accountants who are certificate students who practice in the state of Pennsylvania. Online courses are not eligible for CLE or CPE credit. To request continuing education credit, please complete the CPE and CLE form and submit to graduatetaxprogram@law.villanova.edu at the start of each semester. 

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