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The graduate field of Applied Economics and Management in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management awards 3 degrees: the research-based Ph.D. and master of science (M.S.) degrees, and the master of professional studies (M.P.S. in Agriculture and Life Sciences) degree, which emphasizes training through coursework and a problem-solving project.

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.

The high quality of the Dyson School's graduate program and its close-knit students have been recognized by an unsurpassed string of M.S. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation awards from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA). Over the past 10 years, the Dyson School's graduate students have won more AAEA Outstanding Master's Thesis and AAEA Ph.D. Dissertation Awards combined than students from any other university in the U.S., and the graduate programs in the Dyson School and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California-Davis are the only two programs whose students have received the AAEA Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award more than once.

As a result of their solid academic training and research experience, the Dyson School's graduate students are in big demand, obtaining academic jobs in top agricultural economics and economics departments, and public policy schools, as well as positions in government, major development organizations, and businesses.

AEM Graduate Field Subject and Concentrations top

Within the graduate field of Applied Economics and Management (also the name of the graduate field's subject), a student may concentrate in one of four areas.

Graduate Subject: Applied Economics and Management

Environmental, Energy, and Resource Economics
Food and Agricultural Economics
International and Development Economics

Student Profile top

All Graduate Students, Fall 2014
Ph.D. Students: 50
M.S. Students: 31
M.P.S. Students: 11
Students on Assistantship: 58
Male: 38
Female: 54

Special Committee top

Each student selects faculty members to serve on a Special Committee, which oversees the student's plan of study, works with the student on his/her research, and conducts the required oral examinations. A student working on a M.S. degree appoints at least two members and a Ph.D. student appoints at least three members to the Special Committee.

It is the student's responsibility to identify faculty members willing to serve on his or her Special Committee. Special Committee selection is requested by each student and is submitted online through Student Center.

The chairperson of the committee, also called the major professor, represents the student's major area of concentration in the graduate field of Applied Economics and Management. The other members represent the student's minor concentrations. The Ph.D. committee must include one member outside the graduate field of Applied Economics and Management. The director of graduate studies and Theory Competency Committee oversee the completion of the economic theory requirements at the Ph.D. level.

The major professor typically directs the preparation of the student's thesis or dissertation. It is therefore essential that the student identify the major professor early in the graduate program. Failure to identify a Special Committee chairperson by the start of the third semester in residence will prevent the student from registering in the Graduate School.

Registration Units top

Graduate degrees are awarded based on "registration units" rather than on credit hours. One registration unit equals one semester of full-time study. Ways to earn a registration unit include:

• Successful completion of 3 to 4 courses
• Full-time thesis or dissertation research
• Directed study under the guidance of a faculty member

The graduate student's Special Committee determines whether a full or partial registration unit has been earned each semester.