Career development and management is a continuous, lifelong process which goes on beyond graduation from Columbia University. Our goal is to provide you with skills that will help you track exciting career opportunities through networking and other tools and then land jobs. Students should join various groups and online forums related to Statistics to obtain job leads and find out about conferences and industry meetings like

To circulate any internship opportunities or job postings, please write to Dr. Anusha Shrivastava at

Individual Career Counseling

Dr. Anusha Shrivastava

Dr. Anusha Shrivastava

Dr. Anusha Shrivastava

Meet Dr. Anusha Shrivastava, Director, Career Development and Alumni Relations, MA programs, to have your one-page resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile reviewed. She will help you create the materials and develop the skills you need to have a successful career. 

Dr. Anusha Shrivastava has office and drop-in hours throughout the school year to review resumes and cover letters. Sign-up sheets are posted by her office door. Please bring two copies of your resume, cover letter, and a printout of your LinkedIn Page to these meetings. E-mail her at to set up an appointment or if you have additional questions. Come to office hours. If you do not find resume review slots convenient for you on Dr. Shrivastava’s sign-up sheet, you can meet a counselor at the Columbia’s Center for Career Education, CCE.  For their hours, please visit the CCE website.

Zammy Diaz Lebron

Zamaly Diaz Lebron

Zammy Diaz Lebron, Assistant Director Career Development and Alumni Relations, is a career coach and adviser. She works with students and alumni on improving their resumes and providing them with the interviewing, presentation and networking skills needed to advanced their careers.

Workshops, Panels and Employer Meetings

Attend resume review and cover letter workshops, mock interview sessions, panels with alumni, meetings with employers and recruiters and other career-oriented sessions. These workshops are designed to help you highlight your education, experience and skills.

Companies represented in fall 2018 and spring 2019 during employer and alumni visits:

Aetna/ CVS Health

Guzman Energy

JP Morgan


Moody’s Analytics

Nielsen Ratings



Zurich NA

Varadero Capital

After, Inc.

Cubist Systematic Strategies

Goldman Sachs

Bain and Company

Institute for Defense Analyses


Graduates of the program talk to you about the networking tools they used while they were students as well as how their careers have progressed since they graduated.

Statistician Tops List of Best Jobs in 2017

Professional Placement

Our MA in Statistics graduates occupy diverse internship and work positions in a number of industries. Graduates work across the globe for local or international small, medium, and large companies in a breadth of positions ranging from statistician to data scientist, from consultant to bioinformatics analyst.

Industries where our graduates have landed include business, communications & media, consulting, education, engineering & technology, financial services, healthcare, international affairs, science, sports, and startups.

Where MA Statistics Graduates Work

1010data Educational Testing Services (ETS) Nielsen Ratings
A.T. Kearney Employ Toy Nomura
Adatos EXL Service Novus Partners
Aetna Experian Omnimarkets
AIG Facebook PepsiCo
Alibaba Group Goldman Sachs Ping An Securities
Amazon Google Proofpoint Inc.
AMC Great Wall Fund Management Protivity
American Express HealthCrowd Quant
Analytic Partners Huawei RBC Capital Markets
Balyasny Asset Management Huntington National Bank Redstar
Bank of America Hyundai SafeRock
Barclays IBM Samsung
BBDO In4mation Insights Santander Bank
Birchbox Iotame Sears Holdings
BlackRock IRI Shutterstock
BNP Paribas ITG Snapwiz, Inc.
BOC Investment Management Jetzy SparkCognition
Bristol-Myers Squibb JP Morgan Squarespace
Cablevision KDS State Street Corp.
Capital One KMK Consulting TBC Capital Markets
Carat KPMG Tencent
CBS Interactive L’Oreal USA Tesla Motors
China Dragon Securities Learnable The Walt Disney Co.
Citibank Lending Club The World Bank
CITIC Securities Co. Ltd LinkedIn Truth Asset Management
Citizens Bank Lucy Two Sigma
Codex Lumileds UBS
Control-Tec Lynx Analytics United Nations
Crowdtwist McKinsey & Co. Urban Green Council
Dean Health Plan Medidata  Varadero Capital
Deloitte Medpace  Verisk
Deutsche Bank Microsoft Verizon
Dong Hai Zhengquan Moody’s Analytics Yahoo!
Dotdash Netease Zurich NA

PhD Placement

An estimated 5% of our graduates decide to pursue doctoral studies. Graduate placements of MA in Statistics program alumni span several countries, institutions, and a myriad of fields and disciplines.

Graduates of the MA in Statistics program have been accepted into the following PhD programs :

2017 – 2019 (partial survey results)

Year School Program
2019 Vanderbilt University PhD in Biomedical Informatics
2019 Emory University PhD in Biostatistics
2019 The George Washington University PhD in Economics
2019 Penn State Univeresity PhD in Operations Research
2019 Penn State University Business School PhD in Marketing
2019 Purdue University PhD in Statistics
2019 Purdue University Business School PhD in Operations Research
2019 Rutgers University PhD in Statistics
2019 Teachers College, Columbia University PhD in Measurement & Evaluation
2019 The George Washington University PhD in Statistics
2019 The George Washington University PhD in Economics
2019 The University of Iowa Business School PhD in Management Science
2019 UCSB PhD in Statistics
2019 University of Illionois, Urbana – Champaign PhD in Industrial Engineering
2019 University of Southern California PhD in Finance
2018 University of Iowa PhD in Statistics
2017 Hong Kong University (HKU) PhD in Finance
2017 Johns Hopkins University PhD in Computer Science
2017 New York University PhD in Business
2017 University of Southern California PhD in Computational Biology


2013 – 2016

Year School Program
2015 Iowa State University PhD in Bioinformatics
2015 North Carolina State University PhD in Statistics
2015 Northwestern University PhD in IEMS
2015 University of Michigan PhD in Statistics
2015 University of Alabama, Huntsville PhD in Applied Math
2014 Columbia University PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
2014 Johns Hopkins University PhD in Epidemiology
2014 Virginia Tech PhD in Statistics
2012 Cornell University PhD in Statistics


Academic Certifications and Proof of Enrollment

If official proof of student enrollment is required by an employer or another entity, please visit the Office of the University Registrar.  Current matriculated students can request enrollment certification via SSOL.  For academic certification, an official document provided by the University Registrar verifying your dates of attendance, award of degree, and/or student status (full-time or part-time) by semester, please visit the Office of the University Registrar: Certifications.  

International Students 

 Please review the Statistical Fieldwork Course GR5399. As part of this course, MA Statistics students can get CPT, or curricular practical training.

OPT – Optional Practical Training for International Students

  • General information on OPT can be found on the ISSO Website.
  • Read about Post-Completion OPT  HERE
  • Details on the OPT extension for students with STEM degrees can be found HERE.
  • ISSO news and events may be found HERE.

1) Post-Completion OPT:  Students beginning their final semester will receive an email from the Department about approval to apply for OPT. 

2) Pre-OPT Options:  After completing two semesters on campus (fall and spring) international students may qualify for a summer or fall internship through application to Pre-Completion OPT.  The MA Statistics Program will offer an information session with ISSO early in the spring semester.  This will be announced in the MA Statistics Newsletter.  In addition, ISSO provides information sessions.  Read more about Pre-OPT HERE

3) International Hybrid Students are not eligible for either CPT or Pre-OPT.   

For any questions, please reach out to ISSO



The International Students and Scholars Office is the top resource in terms of all visa issues. The ISSO office has walk-in advisory hours all week and is located at 524 Riverside Drive between W. 122 St. and Tiemann Place. 

Information on how to invite family and friends for Graduation or for other events is HERE

Student Employment information can be found HERE.  


Additional Resources

MA Weekly Newsletter – Career Announcements

Receive weekly e-mail updates on job opportunities. If you are a graduate of the program, please send Dr. Anusha Shrivastava any internship or job leads you may have. E-mail her at


Join the Statistics@Columbia LinkedIn page to connect with alumni and get job leads. Recruiters and hiring managers always check your LinkedIn profile so make sure it is updated regularly.

Career Center for Education (CCE)

In addition, attend Columbia CCE’s workshops, networking events, career development programs and career fairs: Further details here

Additional Media

To watch recordings of our workshops, panels and other sessions, you may view in the password protected section of this website, MA Students Only. Password will be shared via the MA Weekly Newsletter. 

ALP – American Language Program – Improve your communication skills.  Find out below which services are available to our MA Statistics students for NO COST.  Some details can be found here

Current MA Statistics students can write to Joel Chaffee at with the following information:

  1.  Last Name, First Name
  2.  UNI
  3.  Class choice.  (Where applicable, be specific as to AM or PM section.)

Mr. Chaffee will assign an online placement test for you. 

The Chazen English Program 

Information on the program at the Columbia Business School can be found here.  

The Columbia College Writing Center

Available to graduate students at GSAS.  Take advantage of a FREE service that is extremely helpful for anyone preparing written career materials or academic writing.  Excellent written communication is critical for your success in the job search.  This service will not provide career advice, but will check English grammar and content. Find details here.