Certificate in Advanced Taxation

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Serving as a post-MST program, the Certificate in Advanced Taxation helps tax professionals dive deeper into their practice and gain additional tax knowledge. Customize your three-course focus and advance your career.

Tax plays a key role in business and policies that are ever-changing. The Certificate in Advanced Taxation is a flexible way for those working in tax to enhance their career and develop a career specialization in this complex field. Prospective students will consult with the MST program director to decide which courses to focus on. 

Silicon Valley is home to global businesses, tech companies, and startups. There is no better place to specialize your career than in the center of technology and innovation. 

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*Fee listed will increase by 5% next Fall. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, as appropriate.

Program Benefits

Choose your focus

With a variety of courses to choose from, you have the opportunity to focus your certificate studies to stand out in your tax career.

Study in the startup hub

Fortune 500 companies and large corporations are not the only ones who need tax and accounting guidance from a professional. Silicon Valley is a hub for startups, and startups have many financial aspects to navigate at the beginning of their launch and throughout their career.

Career Opportunities: 

  • In 2019-2020, several Lucas Graduate School of Business graduates were employed at the Big 4 --- Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
  • Glassdoor.com lists top employers currently hiring finance and tax professionals in the San José area. The list includes PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, and Salesforce, just to name a few.

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