Pamplin has joined 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.

Pamplin’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.

On the cutting edge of knowledge development

“Our partnership with KPMG to offer a master’s in accounting with data and analytics will add a significant, new accounting focus to Virginia Tech’s range of offerings in data and analytics,” said Pamplin Dean Robert Sumichrast. “This helps ensure our master’s programs continue to remain on the cutting edge of knowledge development, providing our students the practical skills necessary to succeed in accounting and 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, vice chair – audit. “We’re pleased to include prestigious institutions like Virginia Tech, 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.”

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.”

Learn more about the program, including how to apply, at

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