Degree Details

The Graduate Tax Program’s Estate Planning Certificate is available in online and residential formats (or a combination of both formats). All of the courses in the Estate Planning Certificate are taught by the same leading tax and estate planning experts who teach in the Graduate Tax Program.

Degree Type

  • Certificate

Minimum Requirements

  • 2 Semesters
  • 6 Courses
  • 12 Credits


  • Hybrid
  • In-Person
  • Online


  • Part-Time



Students are eligible to apply for entry into the Certificate program for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Residential entry is only allowed in the fall and spring semester.

Students enrolled in the program are not currently eligible for merit-based financial aid.  Certificate candidates are also not eligible to apply for federal loans in order to finance their studies.

While the Graduate Tax Program (which confers the LLM in Taxation) requires applicants to have a first degree in law, or its equivalent, the Estate Planning Certificate is open to non-lawyers. All other Graduate Tax Program application requirements remain in place for Certificate applicants. A strong performance in the Certificate program will be considered for any applicants who wish to be considered for the LLM in Taxation degree.

Tuition and Fees

As a part-time program, students are charged tuition on a per credit basis each semester. The per credit cost for the certificate is listed here.


Students should have demonstrated prior coursework or professional experience that matches the content of our Federal Income Tax I and II classes. Students with professional experience in this area or with prior course work that covers the same material can begin taking classes that count towards the Certificate immediately. Students without this previous course work or experience must complete our Federal Income Tax I and II classes with a grade of B or better before enrolling in Certificate courses.  The credits earned through completing the Federal Income Tax I and II classes WILL NOT count towards the 12 credits required for the Certificate.

Students must complete all three of the required courses, and any three of the listed electives to earn the certificate.

Required Courses

Elective Courses


  • The Estate Planning Certificate has received American Bar Association acquiescence.
  • Students may apply for acceptance into the Tax LLM degree program either during or following completion of the Estate Planning Certificate.  All credits earned as part of the Estate Planning Certificate can be applied as advanced standing credits to the 24 credits required for completion of the Tax LLM degree.
  • Students must complete the Certificate courses over a maximum of nine semesters, including summer terms.  This equates to approximately 3 calendar years.
  • Credits earned during the Certificate are eligible for transfer to the Tax LLM degree within 4 years from the start of the Estate Planning Certificate.

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