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Applied Economics & Management Major

A business education with a bigger purpose

Today’s business students are tomorrow’s global innovators and leaders. They tackle real global challenges, and they’re ready to make an impact. They’re inspired. They’re passionate. They want to make their mark. They demand to leave their world better than they found it. 

You can join them.

At the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, you don’t just learn; you engage in experiences through performance learning. Because of the Dyson School’s unique location in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), one of the world’s leading land-grant colleges, you can easily combine your AEM major with a focus or double major in the life sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences or applied social sciences. This unbounded exposure keeps Dyson School students one step ahead of the competition by preparing you to lead in a future where the sciences, social sciences and the arts will increasingly converge.

Major in Applied Economics and Management

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The Dyson School is a global leader in business education with a purpose: to develop leaders and innovators today so they are prepared and determined to solve tomorrow’s challenges. Dyson students have access to the broad-based education that makes Cornell a world-renowned Ivy League institution.

Because Dyson is housed within both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and collaboration are built into the programs.

The Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (AEM), part of both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, is uniquely poised to seize the 21st century’s emerging business opportunities and tackle its most significant challenges.

Our AACSB accredited undergraduate business school provides management education and the opportunity to specialize in accounting; agribusiness management; applied economics; business analytics; entrepreneurship; environmental, energy and resource economics; food industry management; finance; international trade & development; marketing; or strategy.

Students can also easily combine the AEM major with a minor or double major in another of CALS majors in the life sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences or applied social sciences.

To earn the Bachelor of Science degree in applied economics and management (AEM) from the Dyson School, students must complete at least 120 credit hours from the following four categories:

For a full list of requirements, please visit the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management website.

View a typical first-year schedule for freshman applied economics and management (AEM) majors.


•     Develop effective communication skills.

•     Attain analytical and functional competency in basic business and economics skills.

•     Develop working knowledge of ethics and ability to apply to real world and society.

•     Demonstrate the ability to solve practical business and economic-policy problems and make an impact in real-world society.

•     Develop skills to be critical consumers of business and economic information and research.

Minor in Applied Economics 

The applied economics minor will give you a solid foundation in economics principles and how they’re put into action in the real world. You’ll develop critical thinking skills, an analytical approach to problem solving, proficiency data analysis and knowledge of financial and economic concepts. Overall, you’ll begin to understand how the production, distribution and consumption of wealth affects business and policy decisions and the economy.

After completing prerequisites in introductory economics, your elective courses can focus on specific industries and areas such the environment and natural resources, international development, food policy, agriculture and the public sector.

To learn more about the applied economics minor, visit the SC Johnson College of Business.

Minor in Agribusiness Management

The agribusiness management minor is a heavily rooted in the Dyson School’s applied economics and management (AEM) course offerings. This minor gives you the opportunity to select business and management courses that specifically address many of the unique issues and challenges that food and agricultural markets face, both in the United States and abroad. The agribusiness management minor teaches business fundamentals as they’re related to the farm/food economy and even offers study trip course options that will take you out of the classroom and into the field.

To learn more about the agribusiness management minor, visit the SC Johnson College of Business.

Transfer Student Admissions

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management provides management education and the opportunity to specialize in accounting, agribusiness management, applied economics, entrepreneurship, environmental and resource economics, food industry management, finance, international trade and development, marketing and strategy.

Applicants may apply for fall transfer admission to the Applied Economics and Management (AEM) major in the Dyson School. (The Dyson School does NOT accept spring transfers). Please visit the SC Johnson College of Business website for more information about transferring to the AEM major.




Careers in Applied Economics and Management

Students listen to lecture


  • Assurance associate
  • Auditor
  • Technology advisory

Agriculture Business

  • Financial analyst
  • Management trainee
  • Finance operations manager
  • Credit development associate
  • Investor relations analyst
  • Product specialist
  • Agriculture technology analyst


  • Advisory associate
  • Strategy analyst
  • Core consultant
  • Business technology analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Strategy and operation business analyst

Consumer Packaged Goods

  • Associate brand manager
  • Marketing assistant
  • Corporate management trainee
  • Sales associate
  • Commercial development associate
  • Founder/entrepreneur

Financial Services

  • Investment banking analyst
  • Markets analyst
  • Enterprise relationship management analyst
  • Sales and trading assistant
  • Institutional financial services associate
  • Structuring analyst
  • Wealth management analyst


  • Public finance analyst
  • Research fellow
  • Product innovation associate


  • Data analytics associate
  • Business transformation consultant
  • Account executive
  • User advocate
  • Digital sales specialist
  • Community outreach coordinator
  • Financial sales and analytics


undergraduate courses

in Applied Economics and Management (AEM) that allow students to customize their degree


Students can enrich their educational experience by conducting research on a wide variety of applied economics and business topics in the CALS Honors Research Program.

Global Marketplace

From short-term, faculty-led study trips to a semester or year studying abroad, you can experience a wide variety of options to build on the highly regarded undergraduate curriculum that takes an international approach to business and applied economics.

Explore your opportunities

A CALS education goes beyond the classroom and gives students frequent opportunities to apply what they learn in real-world settings.