Please note these instructions are subject to change, based on guidelines we receive both from the university and the government.

Fall 2020

Where is the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and the Columbia University campus? 
Please regularly visit Columbia University's Resource Guide for COVID-19 and ISSO.
 

 

What format will the Fall 2020 classes be and how can I attend? 
Fall 2020 classes will be offered as either hybrid or online.  Hybrid classes include an in-person and a virtual component.  Online classes will be entirely virtual.  Core required classes for incoming students will have both options:  hybrid or online only.
  • Students who prefer to take their classes 100% online are encouraged to register for the "online only" sections. 
  • Students who enroll in hybrid sections are expected to participate in all planned in-person components of these classes. 
  • Remote participation options are available in all classes to accommodate individual students who encounter health needs during the semester.
 
What is a hybrid class? 

We are trying to be as flexible as possible, given university guidelines and considering campus public health safety regulations.  All core classes will have a hybrid option.  Students who enroll in hybrid sections are expected to participate in all planned "in person" components of these classes. In-person components for hybrid courses are designed by course instructors, which is different from course to course. Students should check with their course instructors close to the beginning of the semester, as the planning of these in-person components is still very fluid given the uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

Remote participation options are available in all classes to accommodate individual students who shall encounter health needs during the semester.
  

THIS is an example of a hybrid class for Fall 2020.  The "Method of Instruction" is circled. 

What health and safety protocols do we have to follow? 

Campus health policy will require that people wear a face covering at all times while on campus, unless they are in a private room with the door closed. Physical distancing will be enforced throughout campus.

A detailed overview of public health protocols on Columbia’s campus includes symptom screening, mandatory and periodic testing, contact tracing, face covering, social distancing, and quarantining.

What is the Columbia Community Health Compact? 

It is the shared community pledge to the highest standards of health and safety. See here:  Columbia Community Health Compact

What can I expect in terms of my exam format for virtual courses? 
Most of the core classes will be using a combination of zoom and canvas (course management system) to implement exams. Zoom will be the proctoring platform with your TA as the live proctor. Canvas is where you will obtain and upload your completed exam.
  • Please review expectations and processes for the online exam.  Follow the guidance of your TA, Professor, and your Course Syllabus. 
  • In order to best prepare for virtual exams, please review this Virtual Technology Guide .  
Can I register for my courses if I am outside the US? 

Yes.  Registration can occur from any location. 

Newly incoming students will not be able to register until the end of August.  When Registration is open, each student will receive an assigned appointment time in SSOL.  All MA Statistics Students will register at the same time.  Please review the Registration Guidelines on the MA Statistics Website.  The Office of the University Registrar is helpful. 

MA Program Requirements

What are the overall requirements to graduate? 

All students must complete a minimum of ten approved classes and two Residence Units (RUs) to graduate. 

For the 10 minimum classes:

  • Three are core classes:
    • Probability GR5203
    • Inference GR5204
    • Linear Regression GR5205
  •  One capstone course is required from the two options below: 
    • Advanced Data Analysis GR5291
    • Advanced Machine Learning GR5242
  • Three of the remaining six electives must be from within the Statistics Department.  If both capstone courses are taken, then one of them will count as a Statistics Elective. 

Students can keep track of their courses in the  MA Program Course Checklist.

 

How long does it take to complete the Master’s Degree? Is there a part-time option? 

Full-time Students

The majority of students take three semesters to complete the program. Some well-prepared students complete in two semesters.  The faculty adviser can offer guidance and  recommendations. Full-time international students may not stay longer than three semesters. 

Part-time Students

A part-time, domestic student has up to four years to complete the program. 

All students are subject to the CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION rule.  

How many credits should I take each semester if I am full-time? 

Full-time status:

Registration for one full RU or ER satisfies the requirement for full-time status.  One full RU or ER:  Each allow up to 20 points maximum per semester.*  As long as all the requirements for the degree are completed within three semesters, the number of courses per semester can vary any amount. 

No additional semesters beyond three are allowed for the international student.**

New students should not take more than four classes in the first semester, as these classes are challenging and a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.  After a successful first semester, any number of courses are permitted (up to 20 points) as long as the Faculty Adviser approves. 

The Faculty Adviser must approve the course schedule during the time of registration and when changes are made. 

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*Note:  Extra fees will be charged if greater than 20 credits are taken at any time, even if classes are dropped later on. 

**Always consult ISSO for issues on international status and visas. 

May I take more than the ten courses required for the degree? 

Yes, with the approval of your Faculty Adviser.  Once you are a student on campus, you will have a variety of approved electives to choose from. 

Students may also take classes that are not required for the degree, as long as they do not interfere with required course work and the minimum 3.0 GPA is maintained. 

A student registered for a full RU (Residence Unit) or ER (Extended Residence Unit - required after completing two RUs in GSAS) may take up to and including 20 points.  Extra fees will be charged if more than 20 points are taken at any point, even if classes are dropped later on. 

What programming language is used for the MA Program? 

The course GR5206 Statistical Computing and Introduction to Data Science will be using R programming language.  

Where can I find answers to my questions? 

Click HERE for more information on a specific topic.

Other informative links:

New Students

What are key steps prior to arriving on campus? 
When do I submit my final transcripts? 

Please read carefully about this on the GSAS New Student Checklist  and submit as soon as possible, or you may receive a hold on your registration.  You can email questions to:  gsas-admissions@columbia.edu. 

When will I receive my student ID card? 

Read the emails from the Department.  To avoid delays, submit a photo HERE  today. 

What is the role of my Faculty Adviser? 

Your Faculty Adviser is the primary person to go to in terms of your academic needs. 

Your Faculty Adviser must approve your course selection before each semester and affirm that you are making adequate progress towards graduation.  The approval may be in person or email.  Make sure to provide adequate time in advance to meet with your Faculty Adviser (a week is reasonable).   

Contact and visit your Faculty Adviser if you are having difficulty in your classes or if you need advice on what courses to take. 

When do I receive my Faculty Adviser assignment? 

You will be notified of your Faculty Adviser assignment via email towards the end of August - just before registration for incoming students.

How and when do I pay my tuition? 

Once you accept your offer of admission into the MA Program and pay your deposit, a space is reserved for you to register for classes in late August/early SeptemberHere is information about tuition and fees which are based on Residence Units

When you register for classes, you will also register for a full RU or a partial RU, depending on if you are full-time or part-time.  Once you register for RU, you can expect to be billed. 

Please consult Student Financial Services for complete instructions on billing and payment (including E-Billing, payment options, refunds, and withdrawals). There is also information about payment and billing deadlines through the GSAS page. Finally, you may refer to this guide to making your online payment. 

Payment is due by the date listed on the Student Account Statement, which is available in Student Services Online (SSOL). In general, payment for each term is due before the end date of the University’s official Change of Program period, as noted on the academic calendar. 

How do I receive transfer credit? 

Courses taken in Statistics at Columbia University prior to entering the M.A. program may count toward the M.A. degree if approved by the Program Director and upon final review by the Graduate School. According to the policy of the Statistics Department, no more than 4 classes (and a maximum of 1 RU), taken at Columbia prior to admission in the M.A. program may be applied towards the M.A. degree.  No Columbia course may be applied to more than one degree.

Transfer credit may be awarded after the student registers for the first semester.  When transfer credit is granted, concomitant Residence Units may also be credited toward fulfilling the two RU requirement for the M.A. Degree.  Here is more information about transfer credit. 

A student may receive Transfer Credit by following this procedure (after registering for classes):

  1. There is a Transfer Credit form on the GSAS Website.  The top of this form must be filled out with student signature on the appropriate line.
  2. The courses should be listed in the blank area provided.
  3. “Previous Institution” should be Columbia University, i.e., where the courses were taken.
  4. The form may be given or emailed to the Program Coordinator (Jill Forger jf2306@columbia.edu) who will pass it to the Faculty Director for approval.
  5. The Faculty Director will determine the number of points and RUs to be credited.
  6. Once the form has been approved and signed by the Director, it can be submitted to GSAS in 107 Low.
What should I do if I have concerns about my academic performance? 

If you have any concerns about your academic performance due to any reason (personal, professional, academic) make sure to reach out to someone in the program as soon as possible.    Appropriate contacts could include anyone on the MA Team, the Program Director, and/or your Faculty Adviser.  Most important is that you do not delay seeking guidance.  The earlier you reach out, the more options you will have. 

New Student Registration

How do I register for classes? 

Newly incoming students will not be able to register until September 1.  When Registration is open, each student will receive an assigned appointment time in SSOL.  All MA Statistics Students will register at the same time.  Please review the Registration Guidelines on the MA Statistics Website.  The Office of the University Registrar is helpful. 

Registration at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is a two-part process:

  1. Register for courses.
  2. Register for a full or partial Residence Unit (RU). 

Your RU provides the basis of your tuition charges.  Read HERE about Residence Units.  For complete information about registration procedures, refer to the GSAS Registration page

Where do I find information on relevant courses? 

Access course information in the Columbia University Directory of Classes.  Compare with the lists on the MA Statistics Website to choose approved electives.  

MA Statistics Courses begin with GR52xx.   Do not register for the GU42xx version of the same class. 

The Columbia Course Directory:

  • Reveals when a student is restricted from taking a course. The class must be “open to” GSAS.
  • Shows how many students have already signed up and how many slots are still open (time-delayed from the evening before).
  • Reveals if there are any “Approvals Required.” 
  • Lists prerequisites. 

Read carefully all informative emails from the Department, especially the MA Newsletter which will be available for new MA students in September. Special announcements of courses opening up or waitlists will be found in the MA Newsletter. 

Which courses are recommended for the first semester? 

The recommended full-time course load in the first semester is:  

  • Probability – GR5203—Core Course
  • Inference – GR5204—Core Course
  • Linear Regression Models– GR5205—Core Course
  • Stat Comp & Intro Data Science—GR5206—This is the first offering in the popular Statistics Data Science Sequence. 

Part-time students should review their schedule needs with their Faculty Adviser. 

Students with a background in probability and inference should take the half-semester versions of these courses.  This allows for more advanced studies in the second semester. 

Students without a strong background in probability and inference should consider taking the full semester versions of these courses.  They should confer with their faculty adviser as to how to balance their schedule.  

It is important to know what courses are REQUIRED, what electives are APPROVED, and what courses are NOT-APPROVED.  

More information will be available in the August Welcome Webinar

How do I know if I should take GR5203 Probability and GR5204 Inference in the half-semester format versus a full semester of each? 

Most students, with a strong mathematics background and previous exposure to probability and inference, should take the half-semester version of GR5203 and GR5204.

The half-semester courses move very quickly at the beginning, so it is important to keep up.  In the Welcome Emails, there will be a link to the PROBABILITY PREVIEW to get a feel for the pace of this course. 

Those with less exposure to probability should take GR5203 in a full semester format and then GR5204 the following semester.  It is recommended to have a strong background in probability and inference in order to do well in the MA Program.  All students should consult with their Faculty Adviser regarding course choices. 

Am I guaranteed my first choice section for the core classes? 

No.  Each student is guaranteed to get into the required core classes in the first semester (Probability, Inference and Linear Regression).  However, you are not guaranteed to get into your first choice section for each class.  Please do not reach out to the Department asking to be switched into any sections

How do wait lists work? 

Registration is based on a first-come-first-serve basis. If a section is full for a particular class then you may apply for the next section or you will be placed on an electronic waitlist. If you are on a waitlist, you must wait to find out if there will be room in a class. Since there is no guarantee that you will be allowed into the class, consider signing-up for a second choice. 

You should not sign up for multiple wait lists of the same class. 

If you receive a “Pending” status, this means that the instructor will allow you in the class if there is room. There is no need to email the professor or the Department. Review this GUIDE to Waitlists or email  waitlist@columbia.edu for questions.

What are the important deadlines I need to know? 

GSAS is strict with these deadlines and does not allow exceptions! 

Last Day of the Change of Program Period - Last day to add or drop without penalty.  You may add classes directly via SSOL until this day.  Wait lists end on this day.  Make sure you are not registered for over 20 points or you will be charged extra tuition. 

Last Day to Drop a Class - Talk to your professor before this date if you are experiencing academic challenges.  Not all classes can be changed to Pass/Fail, so make sure you know this before you decide to not drop the class.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Dropping a class is a two-step process.  You must complete both steps in order to drop the class.  If you are having difficulty, please contact the Student Service Center:  ssc@columbia.edu.  You must officially drop a class or you will receive a grade in the class, even if you have stopped attending. 

Last Day to Drop a Half-Semester Class - These dates are different from the date to drop a full semester class.  Please make note of the dates. 

Last Day to change to Pass/Fail or R Credit - Understand the difference between Pass/Fail & R Credit

 

Registration

What is a Residence Unit (RU)? 

In addition to registering for classes each semester, it is required to register for the appropriate RU or ER.  See FAQs below for full-time and part-time students. 

Read about Residence Units.  For more information about Residence Units, see also Tuition & Fees  and the GSAS Website

After completing a total of two RUs, all students must register for ER.  One can register for ER for more than one semester (e.g., Summer Term and Fall Term).

What is an Extended Residence Unit (ER)? 

Besides registering for classes each semester, it is required to register for the appropriate RU or ER. 

After completing a total of two RUs, all students must register for ER.  One can register for ER for more than one semester (e.g., Summer Term and Fall Term). 

Extended Residence (ER) 20 credits maximum (EXRS G0001, call # 77771) Required after completion of two Residence Units
Summer ER 20 credits maximum (EXRS UN0001, call # 10009) Taken during the summer semester

 

How do I know what classes to register for? 

It is the student’s responsibility to stay on track with graduation requirements, and to make sure the Faculty Adviser approves course selections prior to registering for each semester.  Schedules should be reviewed again if changes are made. 

  • Here are details about the Statistics MA Program requirements.
  • Here are approved electives.
  • Here is information about Cross Registration.
  • Here are electives grouped according to interest area, such as finance, data science, public health, insurance, or Ph.D., I'm looking to continue studying after graduation. 
  • Here is a list of courses that will not count for the MA Degree in Statistics.

The Elective Course Request Form can be used if a class is not on the "Approved Electives" list, but you feel that it should be under consideration for that list. 

 

When may I add a class? 

You may add classes up until the last day of the "Change of Program Period" which is the second Friday of the semester. 

The GSAS Academic Calendar indicates the general dates that students can register.  The system will allow students to register only during specific registration appointment times on Student Services Online (SSOL) (accessed with UNI and password).  “REG APPTS” reveals the designated times.

HERE is information about the post-Change of Program Period.

When may I drop a class? 
  • The first two weeks of the semester is called the “Change of Program Period” because students may add and drop classes in SSOL without penalty.
  • Your schedule should be set at the end of the “Change of Program Period.”
  • Refer to the Academic Calendar for add/drop and other deadlines.
    • No classes may be dropped after the LAST DAY TO DROP.  There are no exceptions.
    • No classes may be changed to R or Pass/Fail after the deadline to change to PASS/FAIL or R.
  • The deadlines for half- semester courses are different, to remain in proportion to the deadlines for full-semester courses:
    • Half-semester courses must be dropped within the first two weeks.
    • The deadline for Pass/Fail or for R credit is the first day of the fifth week. (Remember that core classes may not be taken for Pass/Fail or R credit.  Nor may they be taken over to receive a higher grade.)
  • Students who stop attending a course without officially dropping will be assigned a grade.
May I add/drop classes after the semester has begun? 

Yes, you may add/drop classes (without penalty) in SSOL until the end of the Change of Program Period (first two weeks of classes).  Check the academic calendar for specific dates. 

You may drop classes using SSOL until the last day to drop classes.  Check the academic calendar for the specific date.  You will not be able to drop a class after the Drop Date.  This deadline is strictly enforced. 

Read the MA Weekly Newsletter as key dates will be announced.

If you plan to make changes to your schedule it should be done in consultation with your Faculty Adviser.  Changes may affect RU registration. 

What is the difference between a letter grade, R grade or Pass/Fail? 

Courses taken for R or Pass/Fail do not count towards the MA Statistics degree. Core classes cannot be taken for R or P/F.

Students must notify their faculty adviser before any course is changed to R or P/F statuses.  R, Pass/Fail grade policy can be found here: R Grade; Pass/Fail.

The last day to change a course to Pass/Fail or R Grade is listed in the Academic Calendar.  This deadline is strictly enforced. 

What if a class is full? 
  • Register as soon as possible to get on the electronic waitlist.
  • Waiting is the next step. 
  • This is a helpful Guide for waitlists.  
  • Questions may be sent to waitlists@columbia.edu.
  • It is important to have a back-up plan, such as an alternative course or a different section that is still open.
  • If accepted into a desired section, please drop all other sections to open those waitlists to others.

What not to do:

  • There is no need to reach out to a Faculty Adviser except in a case where a class is required for graduation in the last semester of the program.
  • Students should not email the instructor to bypass others on the waitlist.
  • It is not permissible to remain on the waitlist if you are accepted into another section of the same course. 
Will I pay higher tuition if I register for more than 20 credits, even if I drop the extra classes before the drop date? 

Yes.  You must make sure you do not register for more than 20 credits.  Questions about tuition may be sent to gsas-finaid@columbia.edu.

I’m registered for fifteen credits, why can’t I add another class? 

Statistics students in the MA Program may not register for greater than fifteen points at one time.  Special permission must be obtained to register for more than fifteen.

You may end up with more than fifteen credits if you come off a wait list, however.   Make sure you don't go over twenty credits, or you will be charged extra tuition. 

How do I register for summer classes? 

Summer Session:  Classes are offered to students in the MA Statistics Program through SPS (School of Professional Studies). 

Classes that Count for Graduation

  • Require registration of ER  (full-time student).
  • Require registration of the appropriate RU fraction (part-time student with fewer than 2 RUs completed).
  • May be approved electives from the Statistics Department or other schools or departments.  Please read about cross-registration.   

Career Development & Other Classes

 Questions about registering for Summer courses in SPS can be sent to:  summersessions@columbia.edu.

To drop the last class of Summer,  fill-out the  withdrawal form.

How can I drop my last class of the summer? 

Questions about registering for Summer courses in SPS can be sent to:  summersessions@columbia.edu.

To drop the last class of Summer,  fill-out the  withdrawal form.

May I take a leave of absence? 

All students, full-time and part-time, are required to register each Fall and Spring semester until all degree requirements have been completed or until the deadline for completing the degree has been reached.  See Continuous Registration and Satisfactory Academic Progress.  Students who must interrupt studies for compelling reasons need to request a Leave of Absence by filling out the Form on this  PAGE.  GSAS will respond to the request.

GSAS allows part-time students to take up to four years to complete the degree.  All part-time students must be registered continuously for each Fall and Spring semester.  A Leave of Absence Form must be filled out if a part-time student does not take class during any Fall or Spring semester.  Please review the information HERE.

International students must complete the Masters Degree within three semesters of full-time registration.  A Leave of Absence may interfere with the ability to qualify for OPT.  Please contact ISSO for details. 

Students who wish to return from any approved leave of absence – whether personal, medical, or military – need to complete the Return from a Leave of Absence Form  by the deadline on the GSAS Website.  For more information on how one gets reinstated into the program after an unofficial leave, please refer to this link:  Reinstatement

Cross Registration

How do I take courses in another school or department (cross registration)? 

Cross Registration is always at the discretion of the school, the program and the course instructor. The Statistics Department does not have any influence on allowing you into a cross registered class. Before attempting to cross register, MA Students must check in with their Faculty Adviser to ensure that it is a class they can take for credit.

Some graduate schools have their own cross registration processes. Please review the links below for information on how to cross register for those graduate schools. For schools not listed below, reach out to the specific department and inquire about their cross registration options and process.

Admittance into any course is not guaranteed.  All courses are subject to availability.  Some schools do not allow students to cross-register until the first week of classes. 

Below are links for how to cross register into the following schools:

MA students may register for courses at TC, as long as they get permission from TC and their adviser.

What if a class is “restricted?” 
  • This means that it is closed to MA Statistics Students.
    • Look up the course in the Columbia Directory and review the section “Open To.”
    • Some courses open to additional students on a later date.  This is often found in the “Notes” section of the course.
  • Here is information about cross registration into other schools.
Where do I find information about prerequisites and registration restrictions? 

The Columbia Course Directory and Vergil offer key information about each class including the course size, prerequisites, and if there are any restrictions. For example, if a course is not open to students in GSAS, it would not be open to an MA Statistics student. For further details about registration procedures, students may refer to the GSAS Registration page. 

Note that most courses in other departments are often restricted until the first week of the semester.  Courses that are not full by the first week of the semester will often open to MA Statistics students.  Keep checking if there is a particular course you are interested in. 

How do I know if an elective is approved or not? 

There is an up-to-date list on our MA Website of approved electives and a list of classes which are not approved.

Sometimes a new course needs to be evaluated for inclusion.  If a course is not on our list, but...   

  • It relates to your studies in Statistics, obtain a syllabus and review it with your Faculty Adviser.  Your Faculty Adviser can approve your particular course schedule. 

Since new courses are coming up all the time, the MA Program has a procedure to request a new Approved Elective for all MA Statistics Students. 

  • The first step is to obtain the syllabus. 
  • The second step is to fill out and submit the ELECTIVES APPROVAL FORM.   

Please do not assume you can receive credit for an elective just because you can register for the course.

May I take a language class or something that doesn’t directly relate to this program? 

In order to graduate you must have both a:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0, which includes all the courses you take.
  • 3.0 GPA in the ten courses which will count for graduation.  Only approved electives will count toward graduation. 

It is possible to take courses that will not count for graduation, as long as they do not interfere with your required studies.  You should review all electives with your adviser each semester.  Make sure you remain in Good Academic Standing.

What is the American Language Program (ALP)? 

The ALP (American Language Program) offers classes for improving communication skills available to all MA Statistics students.  Please see details on this program and other language programs under International Students

Full-Time Students

I am a full-time student, how many classes do I take each semester? 
  • The number of classes taken must be approved by the Faculty Adviser. 
  • To remain in Good Academic Standing (GPA at 3.0 and above), it is recommended to take no more than four classes per semester unless you have an exceptionally strong background in the material.
  • It doesn't matter how many courses you take per semester as long as you complete all the Statistics MA Program requirements within the required three semesters.
  • You must take at least one course per semester or request a Leave of Absence
  • A full RU or ER allows any number of points up to and including twenty points. 
I am a full-time student, how many RUs do I take each semester? 

Full-time students must be registered for a Full Residence Unit (RU) in the first two semesters and an Extended Residence Unit (ER) in their final semester.  A student who is registered for a full RU or ER is considered to have full time status, even though the number of classes taken per semester can vary any amount, as long as the program is completed within three semesters. 

  • Fall (Year One) – RU
  • Spring (Year One) – RU
  • Students may opt to take summer courses
  • Fall (Year Two) – ER

International students in F-1 status must complete the program in three semesters only.  Always check with ISSO about international and visa-related issues. 

How many classes may I register for in my final semester? 
  • The number of classes taken must be approved by the Faculty Adviser. 
  • To remain in Good Academic Standing (GPA at 3.0 and above), it is recommended to take no more than four classes per semester unless you have an exceptionally strong background in the material.
  • It doesn't matter how many courses you take per semester as long as you complete all the Statistics MA Program requirements within the required three semesters.
  • You must take at least one course per semester or request a Leave of Absence
  • A full RU or ER allows any number of points up to and including twenty points. 

ER allows a maximum of 20 creditsER:  Call Number 10001 (2020EXRS0001G001)

Part-Time Students

I am a Part-Time Student, how many RUs do I register for? 

ALL MA Program students are required to complete two RUs to graduate. 

Part-time allows for QR (Quarter Residence Unit) or HR (Half Residence Unit).  

Half Residence Unit (HR) - Three courses maximum - (RESI G0002, call # 99992)

Quarter Residence Unit (QR) - Two courses maximum - (RESI G0003, call # 99993)

I am a Part-Time Student, how many classes should I take each semester? 
  • The number of classes taken must be approved by the Faculty Adviser. 
  • A part-time student must complete the program within four years. 
  • Part-time students usually take two courses per semester.
  • You must be registered each semester or request a Leave of Absence

Internships & Employment

Is there a CPT option? 

This program has a CPT option.  Please review the Statistical Fieldwork Course GR5399

Please direct all visa-related questions about internships to the ISSO Office.

How and when may I apply for campus employment? 

The Statistics Department urges students to focus on their coursework in the first semester.  Look for a job, preferably in the second semester, via this LINK.  International students should review the ISSO Website

May I apply to be a TA or RA? 

The Statistics Department does not hire an MA student to be an RA or TA. 

There are “Grader” opportunities available for MA students, but not in the first semester.  You may apply in the second semester based upon your qualifications.  You will be informed of these opportunities via email. 

How can I find an internship/job? 

Read the MA Weekly Newsletter (the communication email) to find new internship and job opportunities. The MA program has its own Career Development team, which provides individual, and group guidance to help students find jobs. This includes resume and cover letter reviews, training through mock interview sessions and networking events with employers and alumni. 

The MA Program has a dedicated LinkedIn group for MA Statistics students and alumni where job leads are posted. 

Review further details of employment at ISSO.  

 

Certifications

How do I request transcripts? 

Inquiries for transcript requests should go to the Office of the Registrar –

How can I receive official 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 in 204 Kent.  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 Office of the University Registrar: Certifications.  Current matriculated students can request enrollment certification via SSOL

Filing for Graduation

Do I automatically graduate or do I have to do something? 

Students beginning their final semester should review the dates by which they are required to file for graduation

Filing for graduation involves filling out the PDF form called the Application for Degree or Certificate  that can be found on this  PAGE .  There are instructions on the form that let you know where to email it. 

To confirm that you have successfully filed for graduation, go to SSOL and click on “Degree Application Status.”  Your graduation date should show in “Expected Graduation.”  The word “Submitted” should show in the Application Status Field.  

If you miss the deadline, apply as soon as possible.  Please send questions to registrar@columbia.edu.  Students who have completed their program requirements are expected to graduate.

Is there a deadline to file for graduation? 

Students beginning their final semester should review the dates by which they are required to file for graduation

Filing for graduation involves filling out the PDF form called the Application for Degree or Certificate  that can be found on this  PAGE .  There are instructions on the form that let you know where to email it. 

To confirm that you have successfully filed for graduation, go to SSOL and click on “Degree Application Status.”  Your graduation date should show in “Expected Graduation.”  The word “Submitted” should show in the Application Status Field.  

If you miss the deadline, apply as soon as possible.  Please send questions to registrar@columbia.edu.  Students who have completed their program requirements are expected to graduate.

When are degrees conferred? 

Notification of graduation will be listed in SSOL:  SSOL > Academic Profile > Columbia Degrees and Specializations.  Students who complete their studies in December will have the following February as their official graduation date. 

Degrees are conferred on the:

  • Second Wednesday in February
  • Third Wednesday in May
  • Third Wednesday in October

Once graduated, the “Degree Application Status” will read “There Are No Programs on File” and the newly conferred degree will appear near the bottom of the Academic Profile in the box headed “Columbia Degrees and Specializations”.

It is the student’s responsibility to stay on track with graduation requirements, and to make sure their Faculty Adviser approves course selections prior to registering for each semester.  Schedules should be reviewed again if changes are made.

How do I receive my diploma? Is it paper or electronic? 

The Office of the University Registrar provides an Electronic Diploma to graduates.   Students without any outstanding holds automatically receive their electronic diploma 1-2 weeks after their degree conferral. They receive an email from Parchment, our digital vendor, with download instructions. For questions, please contact the Diplomas Team at diplomas@columbia.edu

Paper diplomas for graduates will be mailed to the address on file in the “Diploma Address” section of the “Addresses:  View and Update” page in SSOL.  Diplomas are mailed within two months of the graduation date.  If there is no DP address on file, the diploma cannot be sent.  To pick up the diploma in 205 Kent Hall, the DP address should be:  “Hold for Pickup.”  An email is sent when the diplomas are ready for pick-up.  Questions should be sent to diplomas@columbia.edu

Graduation Ceremonies

When are graduation ceremonies? 

Columbia holds its formal graduation ceremonies in May for all students.  MA Statistics students who graduate in the previous February or October may participate in the ceremonies in May.  Further information for students on participation in the ceremonies can be found HERE

International students should check with ISSO about inviting distant friends and family.

How do I invite friends and family from other countries to the Graduation Ceremonies? 

Information on how to invite family and friends for Graduation is HERE.  The GSAS Convocation does not require individual tickets for family members to attend.  The Columbia Commencement limits the number of tickets. 

* Please note these instructions are subject to change, based on guidelines we receive both from the university and the government.