Admissions Information

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. 

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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:

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
  • 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. 

Application Procedures

To make the best application to our MA Statistics Program, please review ALL of the following before reaching out with questions:   

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 availableThe 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.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 applications is Friday, April 28, 2017.  There are no spring admissions in this program.  Only fall admissions. 

Admissions Contacts

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GSAS Admissions

gsas-admissions@columbia.edu        Please include your name, date of birth, and your application ID number

Application status Log into online application  
International applications and English Proficiency GSAS Website  
Tuition MA Website  
Visas, I-20, OPT, STEM-OPT ISSO isso@columbia.edu 
Program Requirements, Immunization

MA Program Requirements,

Immunization Compliance

 
How to apply to multiple programs GSAS  
Exam scores, GPA, prerequisites, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose MA Statistics Checklist, FAQs