The Villanova Graduate Tax Program offers qualified professionals the opportunity to undertake a cohesive course of study involving the tax and practical aspects of estate planning, employee benefits practice or tax controversy.
Each certificate offering is designed mainly for attorneys, accountants and other qualified professionals who are not interested in entering the full-blown LL.M. or M.T. degree program. However, matriculated Graduate Tax students can also qualify for the certificate, thereby treating it, in a sense, as evidence of an area of specialization in augmentation of their regular LL.M. or M.T. degree.
Each certificate applicant must submit the regular admission application form and designate for which certificate he or she is applying.
Attorneys should also include an official copy of the law school transcript showing the awarding of his or her J.D. degree. An acceptable grade point average is required for all courses taken during the candidate’s pursuit of his or her J.D.
If non-attorneys accountant applicants have passed the CPA exam, then there are not additional requirements beyond the application. Non-attorney accountants who have not passed the CPA must have a baccalaureate degree in accounting with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The candidate must also submit proof that he or she has earned and acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test with the application. Additionally, the candidate must have at least one year of professional tax experience.
Candidates that are neither attorneys nor accountants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Additionally, the candidate must have either a professional certification in the financial planning area (e.g., CLU, CFP) or extensive acceptable experience in individual business, financial planning, or both.
A $50 non-refundable application fee must accompany the application form. When notified of acceptance, an applicant must deposit $100 to reserve a place in the Program. The non-refundable deposit is credited against tuition.
Graduate Tax Program
Villanova University School of Law
299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085-1682