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Gabelli School MSSD graduates: in the right field at the right time.

The rise of big data created an acute need for statistical experts who can analyze and interpret information in meaningful ways. The career possibilities for statisticians are incredibly diverse. You can find them in business, healthcare, government and public policy, education, and more.

The Gabelli School’s Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Decision-Making (MSSD) program develops students into skilled statisticians and helps them to specialize in the career field of their choice, giving them a solid advantage over their generalist peers.

The Fordham curriculum emphasizes collaboration, teamwork, presentation skills, and hands-on experience, along with opportunities for networking at New York’s biggest companies. As a result, students complete the program with more than a degree—they hit the job market with the skills, connections, and confidence to go after the field’s best positions.

For students interested in the academic life, the MSSD is an excellent precursor to a doctoral program. About 20% of Gabelli School MSSD students follow this path.

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Proven success

Gabelli School MSSD graduates have been hired by leading companies and organizations such as:

  • American Express
  • Bank of China
  • Cognizant
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Emblem Health
  • HSBC
  • Morgan Stanley
  • WPP Media

Job opportunities

The MSSD prepares students for careers in an array of data-driven industries. Potential employers include:


  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Brokerage firms
  • Hedge funds

Most statisticians in the finance field work on risk analysis and/or industry analysis.


  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Research centers
  • Insurance companies

Most healthcare statisticians work on the design and analysis of clinical trials and epidemiology studies.


Most statisticians in the manufacturing field work on product and process design.

Government and public policy

  • Census Bureau
  • Commerce Department
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Non-governmental public-policy foundations

In the public policy realm, statisticians analyze economic and demographic data and use predictive analytics.


Consulting statisticians can work in any of the fields described above.