The Graduate Certificate in Estate Planning program provides practitioners with a broad-based education in the specialized field of estate planning. Designed and administered by attorneys and accountants who are estate planners, the courses in the certificate program will give students a solid foundation in federal tax law and relevant state law. Students will acquire the tools they need to advise clients on how to formulate, implement and revise estate plans. They will hone their skills on contemporary case studies, using the same legal documents they will encounter in practice. GGU’s courses qualify for CPE (for California CPAs and Enrolled Agents) and for CLE (for California attorneys).
Admission to the program is open to applicants who have successfully completed undergraduate degrees from regionally accredited institutions. Applicants must provide official and complete transcripts documenting that they have been awarded undergraduate degrees with overall grade-point-averages of 3.00 “B” or better. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs below 3.00 are welcome to apply and will be considered for admission based on employment history, professional accomplishments and recommendations. For further information, refer to Admission to Certificate Programs .
Please note that some courses taken as part of certificate programs will have prerequisites. These prerequisites must be satisfied (through transfer of equivalent coursework or through taking the courses at Golden Gate) before enrolling in the certificate courses. For further information regarding certificate completion requirements, see Degree Requirements for Graduate Programs .
Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement
Students admitted to this graduate certificate program must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement within their first term in the program by successfully passing the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam or by completing ENGL 201 Graduate Writing with a grade of “B” or better. See Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement for more information.