The Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics (MAcc D+A) launches this fall at USC Leventhal, and Ryan Pompilio ’18 will be in the first cohort. He is the only person in the program who is also a Leventhal undergraduate. And he’s on track to get both degrees in four years, thanks to a semester and a half of AP credits and a course load of 18 to 20 credits a semester.
As a high school student in Camarillo, Calif., Pompilio was obviously planning ahead. He’s been doing the same thing at USC Leventhal.
“In my first couple of years as an accounting major, there was a common theme: accounting in five years will be completely different than accounting now; innovation will take over the industry,” he says. “When I was presented with the opportunity to apply to the MAcc D+A, I knew this would allow me to be on the leading edge of the change occurring in my profession.”
Pompilio is participating in the MAcc D+A through KPMG, where upon completion of the master’s degree, he’ll be working for the L.A. office. Pompilio realized KPMG was a great fit through the KPMG Discover Leadership Program.
Leventhal was not a random choice either. “I’ve been a Trojan since birth,” he says. “Both of my parents are USC alumni: my mom was a communication major and my dad received a doctor of pharmacy degree. Also, my grandfather, uncle, cousin and most recently my older sister, who graduated in 2015, attended USC.”
Pompilio truly got a global education. Through USC Marshall’s Winslow-Maxwell Global Summer Internship program, he spent 10 weeks in Prague, working as a data research intern for an RSM office. His Learning About International Commerce (LINC) trip to Sydney, Australia, introduced him to professionals from Google, Costco, Apple and KPMG. “LINC was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he says. “My friends and I are even featured on the wall on the third floor of Fertitta Hall!”
Seeking a new way to give back, Pompilio co-founded the Make-a-Wish Foundation at USC with two friends he met at a Leventhal welcome event. “In our first three months, we raised $10,000 and were able to fund the granting of a wish!” he says. “The wish we granted was for a 10-year-old girl from the South Central, Los Angeles area who suffered from a rare form of anemia. Her wish was to go to Disney World, and our club made it happen.”