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Beacom Student Selected for Inaugural KPMG Graduate Program

Trenton Klimper Trenton Klimper has been selected to the inaugural class of the KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics program.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Trenton Klimper, senior accounting major in the Beacom School of Business, has been selected to the inaugural class of the KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program. Klimper will begin his graduate studies at the Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business in fall 2017.

The first-of-its kind program will provide funding for tuition, room and board, books and fees for students to obtain a graduate degree. The curriculum combines advanced accounting and auditing with specialized courses in technology, data and analytics, including hands-on use of KPMG software tools and data sets currently used by seasoned KPMG professionals. KPMG, the audit, tax and advisory firm, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative.

The program includes a spring semester 16-week internship, as well as a full-time experienced associate position in select offices with the opportunity for an accelerated leadership career track at KPMG for high performers.

Tom Davies, Beacom School of Business chair of accounting finance division, said, “We believe, and employers agree, that Beacom’s broad-based undergraduate accounting program does a thorough job of preparing our students seeking to further their education by pursuing specialized graduate programs.”


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.