Data-Driven Accountants

By BizEd Staff

December 28, 2016

KPMG LLP has partnered with Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business in Columbus and the Villanova University School of Business in Pennsylvania to develop master’s degree programs emphasizing data analytics in accounting.

The KPMG program will pay the full tuition and room and board for 50 students who will enter the universities’ graduate programs in the fall of 2017. KPMG also will work with the universities to integrate the latest audit technology into the classroom. Students will work between semesters as KPMG audit interns; upon graduation, students will join KPMG’s audit practice through an advanced entry program.

“Strong partnerships between leading companies and top academic institutions are essential to building an agile workforce equipped to meet today’s business challenges,” says Anil Makhija, dean and John W. Berry Sr. Chair in Business at Fisher College.

The firm plans to expand its KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics program to other schools in the future. Visit