Tuition for the Department of Statistics is determined by the Resident Unit (RU). A student registers for RU along with registering for classes in SSOL.  Resident Unit (RU), not the quantity of individual classes, will determine the tuition charge. For information about tuition, fees and other expenses, see the Cost of Attendance webpage maintained by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). 

Registration for RU is the same process as registering for classes and must occur every semester.  Each has an affiliated Call Number* per each Registration Category listed below:

Statistics On-campus RU Categories
Full Residence Unit (1 RU)* Up to 20 credits maximum – 2 RUs are required to graduate
Extended Residence (ER)*

After completing two RUs, – allows up to 20 credits maximum

Half (1/2) Residence Unit (HR)* Three or fewer courses
Quarter (1/4) Residence Unit (QR)* Two or fewer courses

*To find the call number for the specific residence unit, look in the Columbia Course Directory under Richard Slusarczyk(Assc. Dean-Academic Affairs, GSAS) who will be listed as the “instructor” for GSAS residence units.  Choose the correct unit and semester.   

International students in F-1 status have a maximum of three semesters to complete their degree:   

  • Semester 1 – 1 RU
  • Semester 2 – 1 RU
  • Summer Option – ER (unless courses do not count for graduation – see Summer Registration)
  • Semester 3 – ER (Extended Residence)

International students in F1 status have three semesters (maximum) to complete the program (with optional summer courses).  The number of courses selected each semester may vary any amount as long as all requirements are finished by no more than three semesters. 

Due to the challenging nature of the MA Program, most students take three semesters to fulfill the graduation requirements.  A few highly prepared students will be able to graduate in two semesters.  As long as all requirements are completed, a student may graduate. 

 International students are encouraged to see their ISSO adviser for any additional information.   

Paying Your Student Account

Payment is due before the end of Change of Program period.  For more information about when and how to pay your bills, please view Bills & Payments Basics.  For your amount due and to view the current student account balance please visit:  Student Services Online (SSOL). For more comprehensive information about billing and payments or to learn about payment plans, please visit: Student Financial Services: Paying your Student Account. Quick links for Tuition and Fees in Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: