This course is intended to provide a mechanism for MA students in Statistics who undertake on-campus project work or research.  It is especially helpful for MA students who plan to apply for a Ph.D. after graduation.*  

To be eligible:  

  • Research project and faculty mentor must be identified before a student can register.
  • The faculty mentor must be an academic researcher (professor or research scientist under a university setting). Columbia faculty is preferred. 

This research experience will be counted towards the MA in Statistics Degree if the project is relevant to the educational goals of our program.  

Application Process 

At the start of each semester, an announcement will be sent to all MA Statistics Students with the deadline to apply.

Any student working on an eligible research project may send an email to Professor Alemayehu ( 

The email should include:   

  • A description of the research project
  • Confirmation from the faculty mentor.  

Once the project is approved by Professor Alemayehu, a student may contact Jill Forger about course entry.  

End-of-Semester Requirement

The course may be taken for P/F or for a letter grade.  This must be indicated at the time of registration.  Depending on whether the course is taken for P/F or a letter grade, the end-of-semester requirement is different: 

  • For P/F,  a student must receive a letter from the faculty member certifying the student’s contribution to their research. 
  • For a letter grade, the student must submit a research report to the Faculty Director of the MA in Statistics program, Professor Alemayehu ( 

This course may be taken for one credit (Fall & Spring Semesters) or for zero credit with a P/F option (Summer Session).  This course may count for graduation once, but may not be repeated for additional graduation credit. 

Questions about the course or about the research component of the course should be sent to Professor Alemayehu (  


*NOTE:  Students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. after graduation and/or looking for research projects are encouraged to participate in the activities organized by the Ma2PhD Club.  

Students  who are not interested in pursuing a Ph.D. after graduation are recommended to focus on:  

All students are strongly encouraged to prioritize their performance in core required and elective courses before considering a research project or any extracurricular data science experience.