Baylor University’s Hankamer School 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 includes a tax component at one of the new schools in the program.
“This curriculum partnership with KPMG will help our students develop the skills needed to thrive as the accounting and tax professions change. By working with KPMG, we’ll be able to provide our students with real-world problems and scenarios so that they’re equipped from their very first day of work to make a significant contribution to their employers and to the profession,” said Terry S. Maness, D.B.A., dean of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.
“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, KPMG’s U.S. Vice Chair – Audit. “We’re pleased to include prestigious institutions like Baylor University, which shares this focus and is 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 accepted to the program’s inaugural class 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.
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
• The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business
• The University of Mississippi’s Patterson School of Accountancy
• The University of Missouri’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
• The University of Southern California, Leventhal School of Accounting
• Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business
The program’s expansion to Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business will focus on incorporating KPMG technology and proprietary audit tools into the school’s Master of Accounting curriculum, allowing KPMG to further broaden the scope of student education through technology investments.
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.