NEW YORK AND COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, August 3, 2017 – The University of Missouri’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business is joining the KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program, a one-of-a-kind initiative that audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP developed to prepare accounting students for the digital marketplace.
The school’s inclusion is part of an expansion of the program that increases the number of participating schools from two to nine, and increases the number of students to 135 who will receive full tuition, other support, and KPMG job offers upon graduation, as well as the addition of a tax component at one of the new schools in the program.
“We at the Trulaske College of Business are honored and proud to be part of an elite group of partner schools for this KPMG initiative. Data analytics is the business influencer/catalyst of the information age. This initiative will afford the participating students, KPMG and Mizzou a new and vibrant set of opportunities,” said Ajay Vinzé, Dean of the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri.
“KPMG’s expanded investment in the data and analytics program demonstrates the firm’s commitment to the future of the audit and tax professions,” said Frank Casal, Vice Chair - Audit. “We’re pleased to include prestigious institutions like University of Missouri, who share this focus and are equally passionate about their students building advanced skills in accounting, tax and data analytics that they can bring into the marketplace.”
In August 2016, KPMG disrupted the education and recruiting experience for the audit profession by collaborating with the Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business and the Villanova School of Business to launch the KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program. Fifty-one students were accepted to the program and will begin their studies at those two schools in the fall of 2017.
KPMG’s program provides each school with access to proprietary KPMG technologies and integrates easily into their academic programs. KPMG will increase the program’s scholarships to 135 students from across the U.S. Those students will work as interns on KPMG audit or tax teams and will join KPMG’s audit or tax practices through an advanced entry program upon graduation.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently awarded the KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program its “2017 Recruiting Excellence Award,” which recognizes excellence in recruiting best practices, including attracting talent, selection process, training and development of new hires, and retention. Those interested in learning more about the program, including how to apply, should visit http://www.kpmgmasters.com. A related video may be accessed at https://youtu.be/aN4JTWyrP-A.
Other schools joining the program include:
- Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business
- Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business
- The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business
- The University of Mississippi’s Patterson School of Accountancy
- The University of Southern California, Leventhal School of Accounting
- Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business
The University of Mississippi’s Patterson School of Accountancy will integrate the program into its Master of Accountancy and Master of Taxation degrees.
Globally, KPMG International’s Ireland member firm launched a similar program in March with the National University Ireland Galway, and its South Africa member firm is piloting a program at the University of Witwatersrand. Several other KPMG member firms are also pursuing additional similar relationships in their respective countries.
About KPMG LLP
KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.kpmg.com/us), is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s independent member firms have 189,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 152 countries.
About the University of Missouri’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
The Trulaske College of Business, founded in 1914, today enrolls nearly 5,000 students. The college has four academic units – accountancy, finance, management, and marketing. The college offers an undergraduate degree in business administration, a full-time MBA and an execMBA for working professionals, a 150-hour program that confers both undergraduate and master’s degrees in accountancy, and PhD programs in accountancy and business administration. The college takes great pride in its graduates and highly ranked programs. More than 34,000 alumni are contributing their expertise to the public and private sectors in every state in the U.S. and in a host of foreign countries.