Ac­count­ing skills for the data age

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The KPMG Master of Ac­count­ing with Data and An­a­lyt­ics Pro­gram is an in­no­va­tive pro­gram from KPMG that com­bines learn­ing + fund­ing + doing to de­velop ac­coun­tants in the data age. To keep pace with the mod­ern world, ac­count­ing stu­dents need to re­ceive an ed­u­ca­tion that em­pha­sizes data and an­a­lyt­ics (D&A), which is why KPMG has worked with some of the coun­try’s lead­ing busi­ness schools to cre­ate the first-ofits-kind KPMG Master of Ac­count­ing with Data and An­a­lyt­ics Pro­gram.

Q How is D&A used with ac­count­ing and auditing?

A D&A is chang­ing the way that KPMG and the pub­lic ac­count­ing pro­fes­sion pro­vide services. Be­yond pos­sess­ing a deep knowl­edge of ac­count­ing, pro­fes­sion­als need to be D&a-savvy and pos­sess the an­a­lyt­i­cal skills and crit­i­cal think­ing to im­prove pro­ce­dures and de­liver pos­si­ble in­sights that are ex­pected in the data age. Us­ing D&A pro­motes audit qual­ity and may also re­sult in a more ro­bust un­der­stand­ing of an or­ga­ni­za­tion and its op­er­a­tional concerns, con­trol en­vi­ron­ment, and fi­nan­cial per­for­mance.

Q How will to­day’s stu­dent pre­pare for to­mor­row’s high-tech au­dits? A As part of the KPMG Master of Ac­count­ing with Data and An­a­lyt­ics Pro­gram, stu­dents will earn ei­ther a master’s de­gree in ac­count­ing with data and an­a­lyt­ics or a master’s de­gree in tax­a­tion with data and an­a­lyt­ics from a par­tic­i­pat­ing univer­sity pro­vid­ing stu­dents with a com­bi­na­tion of a D&a-fo­cused ac­count­ing cur­ricu­lum with prac­ti­cal use of the lat­est an­a­lyt­ics tech­nol­ogy and real-world ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on-site. Each univer­sity has in­te­grated KPMG’S pro­gram to fit with its master of ac­count­ing or master of tax­a­tion de­gree. The pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion of D&a-fo­cused ac­count­ing cur­ricu­lum, prac­ti­cal use of the lat­est an­a­lyt­ics tech­nol­ogy, and real-world ex­pe­ri­ence is crit­i­cal to any stu­dent plan­ning a ca­reer in our highly com­plex busi­ness world that is cre­at­ing, col­lect­ing, and reporting on data gen­er­ated at warp speed.

Q Given the in­ten­sity of the KPMG Master of Ac­count­ing with Data and An­a­lyt­ics Pro­gram, how do ex­ist­ing au­di­tors keep up with the needed tech­nol­ogy train­ing?

A KPMG is com­mit­ted to ad­vanc­ing the ac­count­ing pro­fes­sion by of­fer­ing grad­u­ate stu­dents and KPMG pro­fes­sion­als the train­ing, prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ences, and work en­vi­ron­ments they need to ac­cel­er­ate their ca­reers in the fast-chang­ing data age. KPMG is de­vel­op­ing and build­ing a sta­teof-the-art, world-class learn­ing, devel­op­ment, and in­no­va­tion fa­cil­ity in Or­lando, Fla. At KPMG, we’re pas­sion­ate about de­vel­op­ing our peo­ple and cre­at­ing growth op­por­tu­ni­ties for them. This fa­cil­ity is a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment that will en­sure our part­ners and pro­fes­sion­als con­tinue to have ac­cess to lead­ing-edge learn­ing and devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties; stay con­nected to our in­clu­sive, in­no­va­tive cul­ture; and re­main equipped to de­liver the high­est qual­ity in a fast-chang­ing mar­ket­place.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the KPMG Master of Ac­count­ing with Data and An­a­lyt­ics Pro­gram, visit kp­mg­mas­ters.com.

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