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

Meet Dr. Anusha Shrivastava, Director, Career Development and Alumni Relations, MA programs, to have your one-page resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile reviewed.

Dr. Anusha Shrivastava

Dr. Anusha Shrivastava

Dr. Anusha Shrivastava has office and drop-in hours throughout the school year to review resumes and cover letters. Sign-up sheets are posted on her office door. Please bring two copies of your resume, cover letter, and a print out 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.

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 2016 and spring 2017 during the employer and alum visits included:

Faraday Future IRI Casper
Novantas Itemize Medidata
Kenilworth Capital Kenilworth Capital Zurich North America
BNY Wealth Management NY Life Etsy
BBDO JP Morgan Clover Health
Munich Re Morgan Stanley  Penguin Random House


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

Graduate Placement

Where 2017 MA Statistics Graduates Have Landed

Full time roles (Partial List)

Capital One Huntington National Bank Lynx Analytics
Sears Holdings AIG Verisk
Aetna SparkCognition Netease
Tencent Learnable Truth Asset Management
Dong Hai Zhengquan CBS Interactive CITIC Securities Co. Ltd
Dotdash Balyasny Asset Management  


Where 2016 MA Statistics Graduates Have Landed

Full time roles (Partial List)

BNP Paribas UniCareer LLC Amazon
Aetna Proofpoint Inc. AIG
Omnimarkets Great Wall Fund Management BOC Investment Management
American Express EXL Service Deutsche Bank
Analytic Partners Nomura KMK Consulting
Bank of America JP Morgan Iotame
Heather and Zelenski Sage Corp. Two Sigma Barclays
Crowdtwist Cablevision Deloitte
McKinsey & Co. Goldman Sachs  Snapwiz, Inc.
AIG Santander Bank Moody’s Analytics
Lucy TBC Capital Markets China Dragon Securities
Novus Partners Lumileds Samsung
In4mation Insights ITG 1010data
HealthCrowd Ping An Securities Control-Tec
LoadSmart EXL Service Hyundai
IRI Verizon Bank of America
Experian KDS Jetzy
Huawei Alibaba Group Goldman Sachs
Carat Codex Quant
Employ Toy A.T. Kearney AMC
Capital One Urban Green Council Citibank
SafeRock  RBC Capital Markets  Adatos
Codex Markets  KPMG  Dean Health Plan
Medpace   Citic Securities  Redstar
Lending Club  BBDO  

Internships (Partial List)

Sears United Nations Travelers 
JP Morgan AIG Haitong Security
NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs IgnitionOne Masswell Development Group 
UBS Cerulean Analytics IRI
Cablevision Citic Securities State Street Corp.
Societe Generale Capital Partners Quicken Loans


Some of the companies where our graduates have landed in recent years:

Droga5 iSentium Russell Investments
Facebook LinkedIn Los Angeles Capital Management
Microsoft Milliman Squarespace
The World Bank Yahoo!Research Educational Testing Services
Google Cipher Capital LP Nielson Co.
Celgene Los Angeles Dodgers
Merck Hudson Health Plan Knight Capital Group
Shutterstock BlackRock The Walt Disney Co.
Clarion Partners McKinsey & Co. J.P Morgan
Bank of America  Tesla Motors Medidata 
American Express Bristol-Myers Squibb Yahoo
Two Sigma Birchbox Strategic Financial Solutions
Pocket Gems State Street Bank Lighter Capital
L’Oreal USA Travelio Easi6
Citigroup PepsiCo UBS Investment
PayPal KMK Consulting Inc The Boston Consulting Group
State Street Verisk Analytics Gilead Sciences
BZM Innovation Tech Citigroup
Barclays 2U Inc Pickle U
Teradata Tremor Video, Inc.  

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.  

The MA Statistics program currently does not offer CPT. We do offer Pre-OPT and OPT.   

International Students 

The MA Statistics program currently does not offer CPT. We do offer Pre-OPT and OPT.

OPT – Optional Practical Training for International MA in Statistics Students

  • General information on OPT can be found HERE on the ISSO Website.
  • 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 may apply to ISSO for Post-Completion OPT.  MA Statistics students do not need to fill out the Faculty Adviser Form in the OPT application if they have already received Department Approval.  Read the weekly MA Statistics Newsletter to find out how to receive this approval. 

2) Pre-OPT options for the on-campus class: You may work during the summer before you graduate as long as you apply for pre-OPT early in the spring semester.  You may also use Pre-OPT to work part-time in the second fall semester on campus.  ISSO provides information sessions.  The MA Statistics Program will offer an information session with ISSO in the spring which will be announced in the MA Statistics Newsletter.  Read more about Pre-OPT HERE

3) Pre-OPT not available for the hybrid class: Hybrid students are not eligible for 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.