Certificate in State and Local Taxation

Admission to the Certificate in State and Local Taxation has been suspended.

The Certificate program in State and Local Taxation is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pursue or advance careers within tax departments of corporations, CPA firms, law firms, and government agencies.

Eligibility and Admission

Students wishing to earn a Certificate in State and Local Taxation must be admitted as a non-degree graduate student in the Lubar School or enrolled in a master’s degree program in the Lubar School.

Non-degree students must meet the following requirements:
  • A bachelor’s or higher degree with an overall GPA of 2.75 or better.
  • Background including one or more of the following: a bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in taxation, a law degree, a CPA certification, and relevant work experience in the accounting or tax area.
Admission as a non-degree graduate student in business does not constitute admission to a master’s degree program in the Lubar School of Business.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School via the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses
Students wishing to earn the Certificate must complete the required 12 graduate credit hours.

Required Courses
Bus Adm 831 Multistate Income Taxation
Bus Adm 832 Property Taxation
Bus Adm 837 Sales and Use Taxation
Bus Adm 838 Managing State and Local Tax Audits

Grade Point Average Requirement A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit
No more than 3 credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.