Villanova School of Business, Ohio State, KPMG Team Up to Launch New Master of Accounting with Analytics Program

Villanova, Pa., August 4, 2016 The Villanova School of Business (VSB), The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business, and audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP have created a new learning approach for graduate business students by launching a master’s program that emphasizes analytics in accounting.

Created to develop auditors suited for the big data age, the program will drive students to think critically and develop problem-solving and analytical skills. The program combines practical use of modern analytics technology and data sets with real-world experiences on KPMG teams auditing some of the world’s largest companies.

“It is imperative for the nation’s top universities and companies to work together to properly prepare our students to become effective future business leaders,” said Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business. “VSB is proud to be a part of this giant step forward in business education with KPMG and Fisher College of Business. Not only will this new program highlight the need for an academic focus on analytics in accounting, it will also provide these students with the real-world experience necessary to make an immediate impact.”

Fifty students will enter the program in the fall of 2017 at either VSB or Fisher College of Business. The students will work between semesters as KPMG audit interns, and while at VSB or Fisher, KPMG will pay for their full tuition and reasonable costs for room and board. After graduation in the summer of 2018, the students will join KPMG’s audit practice through an advanced entry program.

VSB Vice Dean Daniel Wright, PhD, said, “This program is the first of its kind where a company directly funds students' master's degrees with a concentration in data analytics and accounting, providing them with a competitive edge to better support their career development. This program is a rarity in academic-industry cooperation that goes well beyond tuition reimbursement.”

“In today’s digital age, the opportunities for careers in audit and accounting are growing and very competitive,” said Michael Peters, PhD, VSB Chair, Accountancy & Information Systems and the Alvin A. Clay Professor of Accountancy. “This partnership will give students additional opportunities and skills to help them stay ahead of the curve and become leaders in the profession.”

About Villanova University School of Business

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers or Institutes of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights, the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics and the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Institute) with each center and institute designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.

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