Better Prepared to Make a Better World

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management offers an unparalleled, immersive academic experience. 

Dyson is home to a diverse, distinguished faculty and brilliant students. Their collaborative spirit and drive to make the world a better place fuels this vibrant learning community. It’s a place where ground-breaking research happens, where real-world problems are solved in real-time, and where students gain a solid business foundation and the practical skills to put their knowledge and know-how into immediate action. At Dyson, today’s business students are tomorrow’s global innovators and leaders. The Dyson community demand to leave their world better than they found it. They tackle real global challenges, and they’re ready to make an impact. 

Find Your Niche: Success Across Business Sectors

Part of the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, Dyson offers a broad, interdisciplinary, customizable curriculum. Guided by scholars and practitioners with a world of experience, Dyson students prepare to succeed in in-demand positions in an array of industries, sectors, and specialties.

A Wealth of Opportunities in Financial Services

Demand is high for financial services professionals and Dyson produces the best of the best. U.S. News & World Report named financial manager one of the best jobs in America for 2022, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that demand in the field will grow 17% through 2030. Graduates coming out of Dyson thrive in finance roles within real estate, private wealth management, investment banking, and other industries.

Growing Businesses Around the Globe

Organizations of all sizes rely on outside expertise to help with a range of needs, from revenue growth to organizational development. Consulting is a natural fit for big-picture thinkers and expertly trained problem-solvers like Dyson alumni. Using the skills gained from their time at Dyson, students go on to do consulting work and grow companies across the globe

Innovation Down to a Science

In today’s super-connected, data-reliant landscape, tech-savvy professionals are in demand. For example, analysts help companies make sound decisions, project managers use tech to keep things on time and in budget, and sales technicians boost revenue. Dyson students are poised to hit the ground running in the tech field thanks to the hands-on applied approach taught in all Dyson classes.

Thriving in the Modern Marketplace

The consumer packaged goods sector is ripe with career opportunities. You’ll find Dyson alumni everywhere along the supply chain—from research and product development to transportation and logistics—at exciting start-ups and global brands.

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Dyson's Connection to Agribusiness

We value our historical linkage to agriculture. The Land Grant mission helped shape our culture of engagement with the society. This has helped define the nature of our program, which is reflected in our ethos of our business is a better world. The school began in 1911 with an agricultural economics discipline, today that correlates to our expertise in agribusiness, food and agricultural economics, management, environmental and resource economics, and international and development economics. Throughout its history, Dyson’s home in Warren Hall on the Ag Quad in Ithaca, NY has connected students to its agricultural roots.

Big Red. Big Deal: Dyson Alumni Mean Business

Dyson alumni make a difference everywhere. Their continued success creates connections and opportunities for current students. But at Dyson, you’re part of something bigger: you’ll also become part of the broader SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Cornell University communities. The Big Red network spans the globe and is more than 250,000 strong.

Kate Naldony ’06

CEO at Bandier
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Biography for Kate Naldony ’06

“The Dyson program prepared me for the real-world business challenges ahead. In addition to the rich classroom experience, the campus life, programming, and extracurriculars allowed me to build soft skills for tough situations.” – Kate Naldony ’06, Head of Operations, PVH Americas/Head of Innovation

Stephanie Evans ’10

Founder of Pamoja, Sr. Product Manager at Tapestry
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Biography for Stephanie Evans ’10

“The analytic rigor of the Dyson program allowed me to differentiate myself when I launched my career in Fashion Retail post-graduation, quickly identifying product trends and opportunities. Today, as an entrepreneur, I find myself utilizing a lot of the things I picked up and learned from the core business courses, from Accounting to Marketing.” – Stephanie Evans ’10, Founder of Pamoja, Sr. Product Manager at Tapestry

Kristina Anderson ’03

Director of Commerce Partnerships, Google
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Biography for Kristina Anderson ’03

“The opportunity to apply core economics principles differentiates the Dyson experience. Learning and applying finance, business statistics, and economics principles to class projects and case studies was directly translatable to my first job as a management consultant. Unique Dyson classes like Food Industry Management exposed me to careers combining strategy and food. I've worked in corporate strategy and M&A for Del Monte Foods and now lead a partnerships organization at Google to enable food ordering and reservation experiences on Google Search and Maps.” – Kristina Anderson ’03, Director of Commerce Partnerships, Google

Marc Silberman ’12

Partner at Comcast Ventures
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Biography for Marc Silberman ’12

"Dyson provided me with a broad and practical foundation for my career, which began in investment banking and has since taken me into the (crazy) world of startups and venture capital. At Dyson, I learned not only the essentials like reading and understanding financial statements, but also how to thrive in team-oriented environments. As I've progressed through my career, my connections to Dyson classmates have become even more important as I've sought to build new networks, break into new industries, and explore new ideas.” – Marc Silberman ’12, Partner at Comcast Ventures

A Community So Inviting You Can’t Stay Away

The Dyson community permeates all facets of life for students during their time at the school. Some students are so taken by the Dyson distinction that they return to the school as faculty or staff members.

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“There was no Dyson community when I was a student in the early 1980s. I was a food science major and after two years I did not want to take any more science courses and loved the Ag Econ courses I had taken as electives and decided to switch to Ag Econ, concentrating in Food Industry Management. I still love the food industry and continue to read and be excited about the research coming out of Dyson. It makes managing a Dyson program and advising students even more meaningful because I share a passion for the same thing they do.” – Gail Fink ’85, Director of the CEMS Master’s in International Management (MIM) Program

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“I was working for SHA, now the Nolan School, pre-SC Johnson College of Business, and was working across the college once it was formed in the tech and entrepreneur space. During COVID-19, our department was restructured, and my focus was changed to Dyson.  I have been very excited to see how not just the physical building has changed since I was a student but the program and the students, although I will admit it was nice to see a few of my professors still here (Ed McLaughlin, Harry Kaiser, and Ralph Christy). I am very excited by what Dean Zhao is doing at Dyson and his plans for the school. I feel honored to be able to be a part of Dyson.” – Melissa Carlisle ’97, Director of External Relations at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

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Practical & Engaging: The Dyson Experience

We take the “applied” portion of applied economics seriously. From internships to international experiences, student research opportunities, and engagement with industry partners, real-world learning is a hallmark of a Dyson education. The four-year undergraduate experience culminates with a senior capstone in which student teams help a client company address a societal problem. Research and project-based learning takes center stage in our Master of Professional Studies, Master of Science, and PhD program in Applied Economics and Management (AEM)

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World-Class Faculty: Learn from Leading Scholars & Practitioners

At Dyson, you’ll benefit from the rich real-world experience and subject matter expertise of our faculty. These leading scholars and practitioners run and consult companies, serve on nonprofit and trade organization boards, publish original research, and speak at international conferences.


 Focused & Flexible: Real-World Ready Programs

Dyson students connect dots. They build bridges. That’s what problem-solvers do, and that’s why our degree programs are flexible by design. Undergraduates tailor their applied economics and management (AEM) degree to fit individual career goals by choosing concentrations—or adding a minor or second major, such as IT or sustainability. Graduate students delve into faculty-mentored research projects that match their professional interests and challenge them to make a difference in their workplace or community. Learn how to join this illustrious group today.