Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

Start with a course.

You may take any self-study course in the Irwin Graduate School even if you have not been admitted to a master's program. Certificate programs, outlined below, are designed for students not yet admitted to a degree program. Completion of any of these programs may qualify you for up to nine credits toward the MSFS degree if you are subsequently admitted to the degree program.


Who should consider a graduate certificate?

Certificates are designed for students who have not yet been admitted to a master's program. Once admitted to the master's degree program, the student is not eligible to commence work on a new certificate, but will be allowed to complete work on any one certificate already in progress. If you are completing certificate programs and planning to apply for the MSFS degree at a future date, please note that an undergraduate degree is a requirement for admission to MSFS.

Details

Courses

Financial Statements and Business Valuation Analysis (GS 803)
The first part of this course teaches students the "language of business" — accounting. It deals with understanding and analyzing financial statements to evaluate the financial stability and performance of a company. The second part of this course provides students with the knowledge of the fundamentals of equity valuation.

 

Advanced Estate Planning (GS 815)
GS 815 is an advanced gift and estate planning course which presents an overview of basic gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax law and tax computation processes. GS 815 also discusses the ownership and taxation of transfers of property during lifetime and at death in addition to marital, charitable giving, and life insurance planning. Family business entity planning and buy-sell agreements are also addressed in the course.

 

Business Succession Planning (GS 838)
Covers advanced topics in business succession planning. Provides an overview of gift and trust taxation to illustrate how charitable transfers facilitate business succession planning objectives. Presents detailed coverage of family limited partnerships and limited-liability companies. Covers sales and gifts of business interests using discounting techniques. The course discusses the use of benefit and retirement plan strategies to facilitate succession planning. The course includes a comprehensive case study. This course is also available as self-study.

Courses

Advanced Estate Planning (GS 815)
GS 815 is an advanced gift and estate planning course which presents an overview of basic gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax law and tax computation processes. GS 815 also discusses the ownership and taxation of transfers of property during lifetime and at death in addition to marital, charitable giving, and life insurance planning. Family business entity planning and buy-sell agreements are also addressed in the course.

Personal Tax Planning (GS 817)
Introduces current tax laws, new cases, revenue rulings and regulations for income tax planning. Presents strategies and techniques for tax reductions, including the laws governing income allocation, tax shelters, income shifting and deduction recognition and timing.

Business Succession Planning (GS 838)
Covers advanced topics in business succession planning. Provides an overview of gift and trust taxation to illustrate how charitable transfers facilitate business succession planning objectives. Presents detailed coverage of family limited partnerships and limited-liability companies. Covers sales and gifts of business interests using discounting techniques. The course discusses the use of benefit and retirement plan strategies to facilitate succession planning. The course includes a comprehensive case study. This course is also available as self-study.

Tuition: $1,600 (per course)

Your tuition includes all required study materials, access to convenient online learning tools, and your examination.

See the student handbook and policies page for comprehensive details on academic policies, refund policies, learning policies, and more.

To enroll, please call 610-526-1395.