Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Economics and Management

Enter the real world of business having solved real-world problems with this STEM-designated Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Economics and Management program.

Tomorrow’s leaders need more than vision. They need an understanding of economics, backed by data and tested on real-world problems. Cornell’s STEM-designated Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Economics and Management (AEM) is a one-year master’s program designed to build upon your undergraduate experience and launch your career with an industry-specific focus in one of six specialized concentrations.


What Makes the Applied Economics and Management Master's Program Unique?

Economic theory. Rigorous coursework in one of six concentrations. All centered on performance learning and real-world problem solving. The STEM-designated Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Economics and Management (AEM) furthers your career and gives you a competitive edge in just one year.

Based at Cornell’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, students in this applied economics and management master’s program study a wide range of topics, from international trade and development; to food, energy, and resource economics; to innovations in technology.

Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Economics and Management concentrations:

  • Behavioral Finance
  • Behavioral Marketing
  • Business of Food
  • International and Development Economics
  • Sustainable Business and Economic Policy
  • Technology Management

Master of Professional Studies (MPS) with CEMS MIM

In addition to choosing from six industry-focused concentrations, students have the option to pursue the CEMS Master in International Management (MIM), which is unique to Cornell—the only university in the United States to offer this collaborative international business credential.

The CEMS MIM provides you with an open door to one of more than 30 top-tier business schools globally for a semester abroad and the ability to work on a Cornell-designed international project (Global Performance Learning Lab) or an internship. To be considered for the CEMS MIM, students must  have previously completed basic business coursework and have strong language skills in English and another language.  Three semesters are necessary to complete the MPS and CEMS MIM requirements.

Infographic: MPS in AEM; Ithaca NY; full time residential; 1 year

World-Class Faculty and Resources for Applied Economics and Management Graduate Students

As part of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and one of the largest Ivy League universities, students in the MPS in AEM program learn from the best and have access to top-quality resources at our Ithaca, New York campus. From advising and career management to the numerous clubs and social activities offered throughout the campus, there are endless services and support options that students can incorporate into their academic experience.

A Powerful and Inclusive Community

Dyson’s reputation for selectivity, rigor, and academic excellence stretches far beyond the Cornell University campus. From classes to real-world problem-solving projects to events and social gatherings, you’ll be surrounded by a dedicated yet inclusive community of peers, which consists of fellow applied economics and management master’s program students as well as those in other MPS programs. The strong sense of community and inviting culture unique to Dyson and Cornell allows for meaningful connections, networks, and friendships to form with ease. Here, you’ll feel both challenged and supported, academically, professionally, and personally.

Immersive MPS in Applied Economics Real-World Problem Solving

At Dyson, education goes beyond the classroom. Students in the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Economics and Management spend their year rigorously studying coursework in their concentration while tackling a real-world problem specific to their area of focus. This allows for practical application of economic theory and vaults students into their business career with a competitive edge.


Career Support for Applied Economics and Management Graduate Students

Graduates of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Economics and Management (AEM) program go on to work for companies such as Goldman Sachs, Google, and the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi, Kenya. Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business career management team will provide you with the tools, resources, and support needed to navigate your career path well into the future. Obtaining a sought-after job is achievable because of the exposure to experiential learning, integrated curriculum, and expertise that you will receive.

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Ready to Take the Next Step to Advance Your Career with a Master of Professional Studies in Applied Economics and Management?

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Economics and Management (AEM) program is best suited for those early in their career looking to grow or expand their undergraduate degree with a specialized master’s degree from a top-tier Ivy League institution.

MPS AEM Degree Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree
  • GMAT (preferred) /  GRE (accepted)*

* GRE/GMAT requirement may be waived to Cornell undergraduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.

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Application deadlines for the MPS in AEM program:

Applicants must submit all application components by the deadline listed for each round in order to be considered in that round. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Application Deadlines for Fall Intake

  • Round One: December 1
  • Round Two: January 15
  • Round Three: March 1
  • Round Four: April 15

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