Applied Economics and Management M.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Applied Economics and Management

Program Description

Our graduate field has a rich tradition of producing top graduates through its rigorous but flexible program led by the Dyson School's internationally known faculty. In addition to courses offered by the graduate field of Applied Economics and Management, graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of graduate courses offered throughout Cornell’s world-class College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as the University’s 13 other top-ranked colleges and schools.

Program Description

The STEM designated M.S. and Ph.D. programs are research oriented, and each requires a thesis or dissertation. Students are normally expected to obtain the M.S. or equivalent degree before entering the Ph.D. program.

Contact Information

Phone: 607-255-8048

351 Warren Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-7801

Concentrations by Subject

  • environmental, energy, and resource economics (EERE)
  • food and agricultural economics (FAE)
  • international and development economics (IDE)
  • management


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Dec. 15

Requirements Summary:

An undergraduate major in agricultural economics is not required for admission, but a lack of intermediate-level economics is a deficiency that will lengthen the student's program. First-year calculus is also important for Ph.D.-level work. 

Learning Outcomes

The crucial outcome of graduate study in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management is the identification, conceptualization, resolution of, and recommendations for important economic problems of a local, regional, national and global nature. To this end, the Dyson graduate student is trained in a problem centric environment to examine issues from an economic point of view, generating hypotheses based on economic principles, and empirically testing these hypotheses. The key learning objective is to create lifelong learners and independent thinkers with a toolkit of sufficient sophistication to adapt to problems as they arise.

At the MS level, we seek sufficient rigor in thesis research as a transitional phase to doctoral research or employment in the private or public sectors. At the doctoral level we seek the highest quality of research with the aim of publishing research in high quality journals and making sure that our students can be placed in leading academic departments.

Proficiencies that are required to be demonstrated by the candidate (both MS and PhD):

Make an original and substantial contribution to the discipline:

  • Show your ability of independent thinking and creativity
  • Identify new research opportunities in field

The ability to acquire and communicate advanced research skills

  • Bring together existing knowledge, identify, and seek out resources, information
  • Evaluate and apply your own research findings as well as those of others. Apply research findings as appropriate
  • Master and/or innovate research methodologies, and techniques
  • Master communication skills for oral and written information exchange

A commitment to advancing scholarship

  • Maintain familiarity with advances in the field
  • Engage and communicate findings via professional publications, participation in professional societies, research seminars and other modes of communication
  • Support learning—through teaching, collaborative inquiry, mentoring, or demonstration

Demonstrate professional skills

  • Advance ethical standards in the field
  • Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively