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QMSS not only provides a dynamic, academic environment, but also has an outstanding record of alumni placement. A number of graduates have entered the private sector, applying the tools developed through the program to the analysis of financial markets. Others have taken research positions in non-profit and government agencies, while a growing number of our graduates are entering prestigious PhD programs in traditional social science disciplines. Examples of positions our graduates hold can be viewed in the links below.

Academic Placements
Many students come to QMSS as a precursor to doctoral study or decide to pursue a PhD while studying at QMSS. We place students at top graduate programs in many disciplines throughout the country. All of the programs listed are PhD programs unless otherwise noted. 

Employment Placements
QMSS graduates have gone on to pursue careers across all sectors in a broad variety of industries ranging from academic research to investment banking, from marketing & advertising to economic analysis, and from policy analysis to media & entertainment analytics. Come see where some of our students have applied the tools they developed through QMSS.

Eileen Barosso/Columbia University

Columbia University offers a variety of resources for its current students and alumni housed within the Center for Career Education. The center not only provides information and counseling services to help students find employment or internships, it also hosts employer events, conducts practice interviews and assessments, provides services for resume review, offers options for industry exploration, provides credentials services, and even offers a selection of designer suits and accessories for loan to help you make a great first impression. Students are encouraged to seek out these services throughout their time at QMSS to ensure a smooth transition from their studies to their future employment. 

Take a web tutorial on how to use Columbia's job search database.  Find out how to set up a job agent that automatically searches for jobs that fit your criteria. Access webinars on how to succeed in your job search. Learn about leadership, development, and training programs at some of the world's top companies. The Columbia University Center for Career Education is available to students/alumni of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Alumni who want to stay involved can stay connected with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as well.


There are special challenges for international students entering into the job markets with regards to understanding the requirements for work authorization and maintaining appropriate immigration status. Students are encouraged to seek advice from Columbia University’s Center for Career Education (CCE) and the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) as they plan their career strategies to understand the special circumstances surrounding their job search as international students as well as the work authorization options available to them.  Please see our page for seeking employment as an international student for information and resources on employment before and after graduation.


QMSS MA Placement 2010-2014

Graduation Date Employer Name Position Title Institution Graduate Program
02/12/14 Technology Policy Instiute Google Policy Fellow    
02/12/14 Bloomberg Fx Advanced Analytics Specialist    
02/12/14 Bloomberg LP Equity and Equity Derivatives     
02/12/14 United Nations Intern     
10/16/13     Harvard Kennedy School of Government Master Public Policy Canidate 
10/16/13 Facebook Researcher    
10/16/13 Universty of Javeriana Lecturer    
10/16/13 Kaiser Permanente Marketing Analytics    
10/16/13 Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Public Health Research Associate    
05/22/13 University of Manchester Marie Curie Early State Researcher    PhD Canidate 
05/22/13 Cumpler Analytics Freelance Data Analyst    
05/22/13 National Chamber of Radio and Television Industry (Mexico)
Director of OTR    
05/22/13 United Nations Development Program Policy and Knowledge Management Specialist, Poverty Group, Bureau for Development Policy    
05/22/13 ISERP Research Assistant     
05/22/13 Westat Research Analyst    
05/22/13 AonHewitt NA    
05/22/13 Johnson Research Labs Co-Founder     
05/22/13 Nielsen Claritas Research Scientist    
05/22/13 Federal Researve Bank of New York Bank Examiner-Supervisory Development Program    
05/22/13 Pepsico Workforce Planning Analytics Intern    
05/22/13 Samsung Card Manager    
05/22/13 Columbia University-Epidemiology Data Analyst    
05/22/13 Columbia University Research Assistant     
05/22/13 City University of New York Enrollment Management Research Analyst    
05/22/13 Oppenheimerfunds Assistant Vice President, Senior Research Analyst
02/13/13 Data Scientist Enigma    
02/13/13     MIT PhD Student-Urban and Environmental Planning
02/13/13 Goldman Sachs Vice President- Business Analysis    
02/13/13 KMK Consulting Inc. Jr. Analyst     
02/13/13 DecisionQuest Associate    
02/13/13 C1 Consulting Senior Analyst     
02/13/13 Public Policy Strategy Director    
02/13/13     University of Chicago, Booth School of Business PhD candidate in Marketing 
02/13/13 Educational Testing Service Psychometrics Analyst    
02/13/13   Performing Artist    
10/17/12 Nielson Innovation Analyst    
10/17/12     University College London Public Policy student
10/17/12 City of New York Senior Internal Policy & Investigations Supervisor    
10/17/12 Spotify Senior Backend Engineer    
10/17/12 Duke Data Manager    
10/17/12     Teachers College Doctoral Student in Education Policy
10/17/12 United Nations Development Programme Consultant, Poverty Group, Bureau fro Development Policy    
10/17/12 Harvard University Lab Manager and Research Assistant, Psychology Department    
10/17/12 Mailman School of Public Health Project Coordinator    
10/17/12 Weill Cornell Medical College Software Engineer    
10/17/12 Inter-American Development Bank Consultant     
10/17/12 Priceline.com Conversion Analyst    
05/16/12 Google Analytics Solutions    
05/16/12 bebe apparel Strategic Research    
05/16/12 Self Independent Research Consultant    
05/16/12     University of Maryland-College Park PhD Student-Politics and Governemnt
05/16/12 RedOwl Analytics Data Scientist    
05/16/12 UBS Authorized Officer    
05/16/12 The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Clinical Research Coordinator    
05/16/12 Zenith Optimedia Associate manager    
05/16/12 Crisis Text Line Chief Data Scientist    
05/16/12 NYC Mayor's Office of Operations Manager of Statistical Data    
05/16/12 Elliott Management Corporation      
05/16/12 City University of New York Research Analyst     
05/16/12 The New York Times Product Manager     
05/16/12 McKinsey & Company Business Analyst     
05/16/12 Nielsen Research Analyst    
05/16/12 The Boston Consulting Group Associate    
05/16/12 Columbia Business School Assistant Director-Decision, Risk, and Operations Division    
05/16/12 MDRC Technical Research Analyst    
05/16/12     Columbia University Master of Science (MS), Operations Research
05/16/12 Columbia University-PER Program Coordinator-PER    
05/16/12 Naderstat LLC Data Scientist    
05/16/12 LinkedIn Data Scientist    
05/16/12 IBM Social Analyst, Social Insights Group    
05/16/12 VERA Institute of Justice Reasearch Associate    
05/16/12 MediaMath Data Engineer    
05/16/12     Harvard University Graduate Student, Government
05/16/12 The Paulson Institute Program Associate    
05/16/12 ICF International Statistical Programmer and Analyst    
05/16/12 Nielsen Statistical Analyst, Delivery and Analytics    
05/16/12 Morgan Stanley  Financial Services Professional    
02/08/12 GroupM Data Analyst    
02/08/12 Great Bay Energy Energy Trader    
02/08/12 reKiosk Co-Founder and COO    
02/08/12 Chowchilla Family Express Program Director    
02/08/12 dunnhumby Associate Director, Analytics    
02/08/12 Nine Lines Digital Strategist    
02/08/12 The Walker School Assistant Director of Evaluation    
02/08/12     University of Maryland PhD candidate, survey methodology
02/08/12     Princeton University PhD candidate, Department of Sociology
02/08/12 GE Beijing Financial Management Planning    
02/08/12 FCB Health Creative Technologist    
10/19/11 Columbia Investment Management Co. Operations Associate    
10/19/11 United Nations Information Technology Officer    
10/19/11 PepsiCo Senior Manager    
10/19/11 Fordham University Research Analyst    
10/19/11 IPG Media Lab Senior Analyst    
10/19/11   Research Assistant     
10/19/11 Abt SRBI Project Manager, Survey Research    
10/19/11     Uconn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences PhD candidate, Comparative and American Politics
05/18/11 The Brattle Group Research Associate    
05/18/11 New York City Fire Department Director of Analytics    
05/18/11 Triangulated Investment Research, LLC Owner/Strategist    
05/18/11 Columbia University Librarian    
05/18/11 NYC Department of Education Director of Student Data Systems Support    
05/18/11 Starbucks Consumer Insights Manager    
05/18/11     Caltech PhD Student
05/18/11 Hankook Research Co. Senior Research Specialist    
05/18/11 McLean Hospital Clinical Research Assistant     
05/18/11 Huron Consulting Group Associate    
05/18/11     Harvard PhD Candidate-Institute for Intl Economic Studies
05/18/11 NYC Department of Education Senior Director, Portfolio Analytics    
05/18/11 Elsevier Segment Marketing Manager    
05/18/11 Parliament of Canada Legislative Assistant     
05/18/11 Northern Trust Investment Analyst, Multi-Manager Investments    
05/18/11 Earth Institute at Columbia University Senior Staff Associate, Survey Team    
05/18/11 Yodle Senior Data Scientist    
05/18/11 Princeton University PhD student, Political Science    
05/18/11 AQR Capital Management Portfolio Solutions Associate    
05/18/11 nextSociety, Inc. Social Media Specialist    
05/18/11 Citi Corporate Banking Analyst    
05/18/11     California Institute of Technology PhD candidate,  Economics
02/09/11 McKinsey Senior Business Analyst    
02/09/11 Nomura Securities Analyst    
02/09/11     NYU-Poly Ph.D. Candidate-Computer Science
02/09/11     University of Maryland Economics PhD Student
10/20/10     University of Costa Rica ?
10/20/10 Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Research Associate    
10/20/10 Gongos Senior Research Manager    
10/20/10     University of California-Berkeley PhD Student-Sociology
10/20/10 OECD Statistician    
10/20/10 Millward Brown Business Analyst     
10/20/10 ADP Evaluation Committe Member    
10/20/10     UCLA Teaching Assistant/Graduate Student
10/20/10 Sprinklr Director of Strategy    
10/20/10 Earth Institute at Columbia University Staff Associate    
10/20/10 Mac Planck Institute Senior Research Fellow    
10/20/10 NYU Research Alliance for NYC Schools Data Manager and Lead Impact Analyst