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Beacom School of Business Accounting Students Accepted into Prestigious Program with Full Ride Scholarships

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business students Joshua DeGroot and Ethan Walker were recently accepted and offered full-ride scholarships into KPMG’s Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics (MADA) program.

“The success of these students is a testimony to the hard work they have put into their education and further solidifies Beacom as a high-quality and rigorous institution for accounting and business majors,” said Srini Ragothaman, Ph.D., professor and chair of the accounting and finance department at the Beacom School of Business. “This is a great achievement for Josh and Ethan, and it brings great pride to the school and the accounting department.”

Students accepted into KPMG’s MADA program receive tuition, supplies and living expense stipends for a MADA program at one of the top universities in the United States. Admitted students also receive a paid internship at a KPMG office, full reimbursement for CPA exam costs and a full-time employment offer upon completion of graduate school.

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Ethan Walker has been accepted to the MADA program at the Villanova University School of Business ($70,000 value).

“Students at the Beacom School of Business not only receive rigorous technical training from talented faculty, but also receive resources on how to build your resume and effectively navigate the application process,” Walker said.





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Joshua DeGroot has been accepted to the MADA program at the University of Southern California Leventhal School of Accounting ($80,000 value).

“One of my main talking points that gave me an edge over other interviewees was the analytics-based project that I completed during my data analytics courses,” said DeGroot. “While these are not the easiest courses you can take, I believe the proficiency I gained in data analysis helped immensely during my interview.”






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.


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