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.


With the Employee Benefits certificate program, you’ll explore the complex network of legislation and regulation that governs different employer-provided benefits. Coursework is taught from the practitioner’s perspective and offers a foundation in both the tax and non-tax aspects of this field.

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With an Estate Planning certificate, you gain the ability to resolve complex issues in wealth management and succession planning. The program is designed to help you advance your skills in working with wealth transfer taxes, fiduciary income taxes, rules governing charitable gifts and more so you can assist clients in developing strategies to better manage their assets.

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The State and Local Tax (SALT) certificate program guides you through the increasingly complex array of state and local taxes that affect today’s businesses. Through a robust and practical program of study, you will develop your ability to create solutions for businesses that further your organization’s objectives while complying with state and local tax laws.

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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 five 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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