KPMG Selects 135 Individuals for Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program

The 135 participants in a program developed by New York-based KPMG LLP (FY16 gross revenue of $8.6 billion) will receive full tuition funding, an internship on a KPMG audit or tax team, and a full-time position upon graduation with KPMG through an advanced entry program.

“Future business leaders must be able to harness and analyze the data in a company’s tax filings to help increase efficiency, reduce risk and create value across an entire organization,” says Jeffrey LeSage, Americas vice chair of tax. “This program provides them with hands-on experience with D&A and the opportunity to build advanced skills they can bring to our clients.”

KPMG collaborated with the Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business and the Villanova School of Business to launch the program in 2016. A year later, KPMG expanded the program to nine schools, increased the number of scholarships to 135 and added a tax component. KPMG provides each school with access to proprietary KPMG technologies that integrate easily into its academic programs.

“We’re matching new technologies to audit professionals who must be future-ready and know how to use these new tools effectively,” says Frank Casal, KPMG vice chair of audit. “These talented individuals have a thirst for learning and critical thinking skills, exactly the characteristics needed in this environment of tremendous change and disruption and to deliver high quality audits.”