Contacting the Statistics Department

Due to the large number of applications received, the MA in Statistics staff does not answer inquiries about specific applications nor offer individualized advice to applicants before they are admitted. Although we appreciate interest in the program, please note that emails sent to the department expressing interest have no bearing on the outcome of your application being reviewed. Your candidacy is decided upon by your application materials only.  Any specific interest and rationale should be conveyed in your personal statement within the application. 

Inquiries about whether your application is complete and/or about additional submissions of materials should be directed to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) admissions office.

Program specific questions that cannot be found in either the GSAS website, the M.A. in Statistics admissions summary, or the Frequently Asked Questions may be emailed to this address:  maprogram@stat.columbia.edu.

Timing of Admissions Decisions

Although the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences begins accepting applications to the M.A. program in September, the decision-making process will not begin until February.  Once the decision-making process is under way, decisions will be made on a rolling basis.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  The majority of decisions will be made by the end of April.  Typically, most decisions for applicants on the waiting list are communicated by the middle of May.  For more detail about waitlists and other admissions decisions, please see the Admissions FAQ’s found here

How the Decisions are Communicated

The status of one’s application can be determined by logging onto the online application.  Once a decision has been made there will be an official letter from GSAS on the online application.  No paper offer letter will be sent.  All decisions are final. 

A letter of admission will provide details on how to accept the offer by paying the deposit within the time limit.  For questions about paying the deposit, please contact GSAS.  By paying the deposit, one reserves a space in the incoming class of students.  Incoming students should go HERE for their next steps. 

Deferral

A student who has accepted admission and paid the tuition deposit but is unable to attend, owing to an unforeseen emergency, may request a deferral through the online application.  Deferrals for valid, documented reasons may be requested for up to one calendar year only, as long as they are submitted before the published deadline.   Here  is further information on deferrals.