The Statistics Department at Columbia University offers a Master of Arts Degree in Statistics designed to prepare students for professional positions in Statistics. It can also be a path to a doctoral program in statistics.
The M.A. in Statistics program may be taken either full-time or part-time. The full-time course is designed to be completed in three semesters: Fall/Spring—Year 1, Fall—Year 2. Students may also opt to take summer classes. Part-time domestic students may complete the program within four years.
In addition to the regular program is the Hybrid Online/On-Campus program where courses are taken online for the first semester. The requirements for both programs are the same as is the diploma received. A prospective student must request to be considered for either the Hybrid or the regular On-Campus program, but can chose the other program as a second choice at the time of application. Students accepted into the Hybrid Online/On-Campus Program cannot change to the On-Campus program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Prospective students are advised to visit the M.A. Statistics page on the GSAS Website and to review all the Frequently Asked Questions.
- Admissions FAQs – MA Statistics Website.
- Hybrid FAQs – MA Statistics Website.
- GSAS Admissions FAQs – GSAS Website.
Admissions Information for International Students
Information for international students:
- Baccalaureate degree equivalency,
- English proficiency requirements, and the
- International Students and Scholars Office.
The MA Statistics Program offers OPT – Optional Practical Training for International MA in Statistics Students – but does not offer CPT.
- General information on OPT is here.
- Summer employment after the second semester.
- Employment after graduation.
- Statistics is a STEM subject. Details on the OPT extension for students with STEM degrees is here.
- MA Statistics students receive details on how to apply for OPT through the weekly Newsletter.
To make the best application to our MA Statistics Program, please review ALL of the following before reaching out with questions:
- Department of Statistics Website
- Admissions to the Statistics Department
- Website of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)
- MA Statistics Admissions FAQs
- Hybrid Online/On Campus FAQs.
Application for admission to the program is through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS): Applying to GSAS . All admissions materials must be sent to GSAS, not to the Statistics Department. If you have a question about the application process (timing of exams, how to deliver GRE scores, etc.), please email those questions directly to the GSAS Admissions help desk.
Applicants who submitted an early application, but who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, must upload an updated transcript or submit the Fall Term Grade Report, as soon as the Fall Term grades are available. The transcript is uploaded on the Application Status page, which is the main page upon logging in to SSOL.
Application status can be determined by logging online.
The application deadline for Fall 2017 applications is Friday, April 28, 2017. There are no spring admissions in this program. Only fall admissions.
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|How to apply to multiple programs||GSAS|
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