Taxation Certificate

Pursue a powerful certificate that adapts to your learning goals. 

Program Overview

At Widener, you'll rise in your career with a tailor-made certificate in taxation. By selecting courses from our nationally recognized master's program, you'll ensure your education meets your unique learning goals. Along the way, you'll partner with industry-shaping faculty, rub shoulders with financial planning experts, and prepare for greater leadership in the field. Your certificate will take you further than you ever imagined. 

Our School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


Program Options

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Complete the certificate in taxation with a GPA of 3.3 or higher and transition into the Master's in Taxation & Financial Planning program. All coursework from the certificate will transfer into the master's program.

Our industry ties enable us to offer courses for J.P. Morgan Chase, Vanguard, and other corporate offices in the greater Philadelphia area. Contact us to find out if we host courses in your workplace.

Admissions Information

Your application to our certificate in taxation consists of two parts: a complete online application and the $35 application fee.

For admission consideration, we require you to have an undergraduate degree with minimum GPA of 2.7.

We use a rolling admission format, meaning you can apply when it's convenient for you. We do recommend that you apply multiple weeks prior to the semester you'd like to begin the program; this will give us enough time to process your application.

You can start during any semester: fall (late August), spring (mid-January), or summer (mid-May).

Program Highlights

Here, you'll elevate your financial planning career by acquiring practical, portable skills.

Business Students Meeting

Powerhouse Faculty

Our faculty pair their own financial planning experience with the latest thinking, trends, and research. As you tune into their stories and insights, you'll adopt skills you can apply immediately. 

Business Conference

Network of Industry Insiders

Thanks to partnerships with J.P. Morgan Chase, Vanguard, and other industry leaders, you'll benefit from opportunities to connect with financial planning experts and innovators. You'll complete your certificate with a network that will follow you long after graduation. 

Business Balanced Schedule

Access to Groundbreaking Resources

Widener houses the Journal of Financial Service Professionals, a publication first circulated through the Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP) in the 1940s. As part of your courses, you'll explore the latest thinking, research, and trends recorded in journal articles and resources from SFSP.


You'll learn from expert faculty who make you the priority.

Kenn B. Tacchino
Boettner Endowed Professor

"Students who complete our Taxation & Financial Planning programs graduate to become industry leaders in the financial service field. They work in home offices and boutique financial planning firms. Their careers have a positive impact on thousands of clients."

Stephanie G. Wendling

"I believe that mentoring and working with my students on case studies, tax law, necessary forms for compliance, simulations of financial plans, and introducing speakers from the industry will help them succeed after graduation. I want to teach them not only the knowledge base required, but also the application of their work."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Your path to a powerful career continues with our certificate in Taxation.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Vanguard
  • Wells Fargo
  • J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Wilmington Trust
  • TD Bank
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Mass Mutual
  • Northwest Mutual
  • Regional and National Accounting Firms

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Tax planner
  • Financial planner
  • Portfolio manager
  • Estate planner
  • Personal financial specialist

Top Financial Planning Industries

  • Estate Planning
  • Investment Planning
  • Retirement Planning
  • Tax Planning

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Next steps to apply

We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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