Certificates & Certifications


Certificate in Taxation

Degree or non-degree seeking students interested in advancing as a tax professional will now have the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Taxation at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The certificate is offered to students both on campus and online.

The certificate is designed to prepare the student for a career in tax preparation, including individual, farm, business, trusts, estates, payroll, estate taxes, etc. In addition, it prepares the student to pass the registered tax return preparer competency test.

The certificate also would appeal to non-licensed paid preparers and to individuals interested in a new career as a tax preparer. In order to complete the certificate, students will take classes in income tax, tax preparation, and accounting systems.

Effective January 1, 2011, all paid preparers of 1040 income tax returns are required to obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before preparing and filing tax returns. Current preparers will be issued a provisional PTIN, and have until the end of 2013 to pass the Registered Tax Return Preparer competency test administered by the IRS.

Credit Hours: 12

Required Courses:
Acct 3220 - Accounting Systems (3 cr)
Acct 4404 - Income Tax I (3 cr)
Acct 4405 - Income Tax II (3 cr)
Acct 4420 - Income Tax Preparation (3 cr)

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Tuition & Fees:
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Financial Aid:
Financial aid is available for eligible degree seeking students. Students must fill out the FAFSA form in order to apply for financial aid. Use code 004069 when applying for financial aid for this program. UMC offers more information on financial aid and scholarships to help students understand options for paying for college.

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Upon completion of the 120 credit hour program, a graduate may choose to take any of the following certifications:

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

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Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

The Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential is the advanced professional certification that delivers tangible value. It demonstrates your command of the critical accounting and financial management skills demanded by today’s dynamic businesses, translating into significant career opportunities for you.  Learn more about being a CMA >>>



Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

CPAs, and potential CPAs, have a variety of career paths from which to choose. Within public accounting, you can work for any sized firm, ranging from a large, international CPA firm to a small local accounting practice. Within the firm, you can work in such areas as audit, tax and management consulting. The same holds true in business and industry, where you can choose careers in companies of all sizes, working in diverse areas such as financial accounting and reporting, management accounting, financial analysis and treasury/cash management. Within government, you can create a path to success at either the federal, state or local level. Non-profit organizations and education also offer many diverse opportunities. Learn more about being a CPA >>>

UMC now offers CPA review courses as college credit >>>