The Admissions Committee looks for applicants with a compelling background and strong grades in quantitative and related fields such as statistics, mathematics and computer science. Applicants need a thorough knowledge of linear algebra and advanced calculus. Successful candidates have experience in theoretical or applied probability and statistics. Familiarity with computer programming is highly recommended.
Interested applicants lacking background in these areas should make up the deficiency before applying. We do not offer conditional acceptance.
Due to the large number of applications received, the MA in Statistics staff does not answer inquiries about specific applications nor give advice or direction 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.
There are no minimum GPA or GRE scores set by the Department. The Admissions Committee looks competitively at the overall application including the grades received in relevant coursework, the prerequisites needed for the program, recommendation letters, test scores, and other supporting documents.
GSAS requires a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL (600 on the paper-and-pencil test) or 7.5 on the IELTS test. Please refer to GSAS Admissions for timing and more details on the English Proficiency Requirement. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for specific questions.
Due to the number of applicants we do not meet with prospective students. An interview is not part of the Admissions Process. Nor do we provide tours or interviews with faculty or students.
Thoroughly review the MA Website and the GSAS Website including the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). If questions remain and you are on campus, visit the GSAS Admissions Office (107 Low Library) between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Generally, MA students may not take PhD-level courses. However, a well-prepared student may be permitted to take a certain PhD-level course with the approval of their Faculty Adviser and the course instructor.
You may apply for a grader position after you complete your first semester in the MA Program. Keep reading the MA Newsletter and checking your emails as this opportunity will be announced. We do not offer RA or TA positions within the Statistics Department for Master's students, but there may be TA opportunities available outside the Department.
The application deadlines for the hybrid program are the same as those of the regular on-campus program. Please refer to the GSAS Admissions website for all deadline information
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions on the GSAS Website.
The typical full-time schedule is three semesters (Fall, Spring, Fall) with summer courses as optional. International students must be full-time and must finish within three semesters, according to their visa.
Part-time domestic students complete the program in a maximum of four years.
No, you may not. Here is some general information on Statistics on the GSAS Website.
Most instructors use R, which will be used in the course GR5206, Statistical Computing and Introduction to Data Science. A good website to have time to prepare in advance for programming options is located here.
Yes, we have a Facebook page.
Most decisions are not communicated until the end of April. Please be patient. Applicants on the wait list have to wait until they are contacted directly by the school for updates.
Although the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences begins accepting applications to the M.A. program in September, the decision-making process may not begin until late January/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.
Typically most decisions for applicants on waiting list will be communicated by the middle of May.
No. If you are on the waitlist, you must simply wait to see if available slots open. You will be contacted if there is an open spot available for you.
We do not have a number system for our wait list, nor do we share where you rank. Interested applicants must wait.
We appreciate the time and commitment you put into your application; however, we are unable to offer individual feedback on why you did not gain admission. This is a highly selective program and decisions are competitively based upon a thorough review of all application materials.
Yes. The diplomas for the two programs are exactly the same.
Federal laws require that international students complete two full-time academic terms (fall and spring) on campus in F-1 status before they are eligible for OPT. Please note that hybrid students are not eligible for Pre-Completion OPT.
No, the on-line portion of the program does not qualify for the I-20 form or for F-1 student status.
One may request a transfer only before June 15. The request must be approved and will be allowed only if there is space available in the Hybrid Program.
To request a transfer before June 15, please send an email to email@example.com with your name and "request to transfer to Hybrid Program" in the subject line. This request will be sent for approval. If approved, the Department will send a request to GSAS.
Unfortunately we are not able to transfer your application to the regular On-Campus Program.
The Hybrid Program differs from the regular MA Statistics Program only in the first semester since it is taken online. A hybrid student is non-distinguishable from a regular student once they come to campus in the Spring Semester. The program requirements are the same.
The amount of time on campus has implications for international students because of OPT.
No. Hybrid online students are expected to take all classes remotely during the Fall Semester. You will not receive a Columbia ID until you arrive to campus in January for your second semester/Spring Semester. When you arrive to campus in the Spring Semester, you will have student fees, which will give you access to the health facilities, gym and the libraries. Please read more here.
No. If you are admitted to the hybrid program, Pre-Completion OPT is not an option.