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Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business

Certificate in State and Local Taxation

At a Glance
   12 credits


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.


  1. Students wishing to earn this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the Lubar School of Business Graduate Program Services office, Lubar N251.
  2. In addition, all graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the UW System application. At the Reason for Applying screen, check Graduate Non-Degree.

    Graduate degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the System application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses

Students wishing to earn the Certificate must complete the required 12 graduate credit hours with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

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

A maximum of one three-credit course from another institution would be considered for transfer to the certificate.

Articulation with Degree Programs

No more than 50% of the credits required for a certificate may count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements.

Time limit

There is a time limit of three years from initial enrollment for completion of the certificate.

After completing the program requirements, a Certificate in State and Local Taxation will be awarded.

Page last updated on: 06/30/2015