MPS-AEM Admissions Information

If an MPS in Applied Economics and Management (AEM) interests you and you’re considering taking the next step, we invite you to learn more about what we look for, the application and admission process, and what costs and local housing options to expect once you get here.

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Who Should Apply to the MPS in AEM Program?

Whether you want to complement your professional skills or are looking to make a career change, the MPS in Applied Economics and Management may be a fit for you. While many of our MPS students have existing professional experience, we consider all applicants, regardless of experience level.

MPS program applicants need not have majored in economics-related fields as undergraduates to be considered, although any deficiencies in preparation may lengthen the graduate program.

For those interested in one of the five concentrations, following is a snapshot of the backgrounds and interests typical of students who go into each.

Applied Behavioral Economics and Individual Choice (ABEIC)

  • Individuals who want to take on the big issues perplexing the industry by using the emerging tools of behavioral economics; including those with undergraduate degrees in any major who are looking for an applied context to leverage their skills.
  • Individuals interested in high-impact careers in behavioral sciences but who are still exploring various domains including economics, psychology, marketing, public health, nutrition, communication, and food science

Technology Management

  • Students with a BA or BS degree from an accredited school with at least one semester of calculus
  • Individuals from a science and technology background who are interested in learning about business and economics in order to become leaders in their fields
  • Engineering and science majors who wish to build professional careers in technology and innovation
  • Undergraduate business majors who would like to learn about technology topics and connect with technical students

Environmental, Energy, and Resource Economics (EERE)

  • Individuals with interest in contemporary environmental and resource-policy issues and methods, including bio-economic modeling, energy economics, experimental economics, and policy analysis

International and Development Economics (IDE)

  • Individuals interested in the international and development economics community who work in a wide variety of areas, including emerging markets, agricultural development and food policy, and distributional and welfare impact of growth

Food and Agricultural Economics (FAE)

  • Students interested in food industry or agribusiness, including management, marketing, or finance specializations
  • Individuals interested in learning to address the comprehensive vertical (from land to consumer) problems, including marketing, demand analysis, and quantitative methods

How to Apply to the MPS-AEM Program?

Our application will be available September 1. Interested students should apply online through the Cornell University Graduate School. Select “Applied Economics & Management” as the field and follow the instructions for applying to the MPS-AEM program. Applicants must submit all of the following items to be considered for admission and financial support the subsequent fall term.

  • The Cornell University Graduate School application form
  • Statement of purpose explaining academic interest and relation to professional goals
  • Video Essay: After you submit your application, you will be sent an email invitation to complete a video essay, where you will be asked to give short verbal responses to pre-recorded questions. The link to the video essay platform will be included in the invitation. Your application will not be considered complete until the video essay is submitted.
  • BS or BA from an accredited university: Submit all undergraduate transcript(s) along with any graduate school transcripts. Upload all transcripts into the online application form. Students who are subsequently admitted and accept the offer of admission will be required to submit an official paper transcript prior to matriculation.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons who can appraise the academic potential of the applicant
  • A non-refundable application fee of $105. The application fee will be waived for all current or former United States military members and for all Cornell students and recent alumni (graduates within two years of application date). In either of these cases, please contact for a fee waiver code prior to submitting your application. Please indicate in your message if you are a current or former United States military member or a current or former Cornell student.
  • Results of the GRE/GMAT examination* (Institution code = 2098). There are no minimum GRE score requirements; applicants you will be competing with for admission typically have 85 percent and above in each category.
    • *PLEASE NOTE: The MPS in Applied Economics and Management program has made submitting the GMAT/GRE optional for the fall 2021 admission cycle. Your application will be compete without a score and it will not be disadvantaged in the review process without a score. Students will not be asked to justify their reasons for not submitting GMAT/GRE test results. The admissions committee uses a holistic approach when reviewing applications which means that all parts of your application are considered; academic, contextual and non-academic. In the absence of test scores, the admissions committee will look for different evidence of academic preparation with increased scrutiny.
    • This GMAT/GRE testing optional policy is in place for the fall 2021 admissions cycle only. We will announce new guidance by July 2021 for the fall 2022 cycle.

International MPS Applicants

All international applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official TOEFL or IELTS scores. The MPS in Applied Economics and Management program does not accept My Best Score reports for the TOEFL examination and requires a minimum cumulative TOEFL score of 100 in addition to the minimum sub-scores that can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

In some cases, these MPS testing requirements can be waived. For more information on score minimums, how to submit test scores, and the criteria for waiving the requirement, please visit the Graduate School’s website.

MPS Admissions Timeline

Round Application Deadline
Round 1* December 1
Round 2* January 15
Round 3 March 1
Round 4 April 15**

* CEMS MIM applications are only accepted in Rounds 1 and 2. International applicants are encouraged to apply for the round 1 and 2 application deadlines.

**In response to applicants experiencing delays in obtaining required application materials, the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business is extending the Fall 2021 application deadline for the MPS in Applied Economics and Management program to May 15.

We hope this decision allows you enough time to complete your application. Completed applications will be reviewed and applicants notified of a decision by June 15.

Applicants must submit all application materials by the deadline for their desired round in order to have their application considered in that round. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

MPS Admissions Decisions

Decisions are made after each round deadline. Once you submit your application and pay the application fee, you will receive a confirmation email. Applicants may be admitted, denied, or postponed until later in the admission cycle.

MPS Program Costs, Tuition, and Housing

Most MPS students rely on a combination of federal and private loans to finance their educational and living expenses. For information on tuition and the costs of attendance for the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Applied Economics and Management (AEM), please see the Graduate School page on costs and funding.

Thanks to the generosity of Dyson School alumni and friends, Cornell can offer a limited number of merit-based scholarships each year. Award amounts vary by available funding and the number of admitted students but typically range from $5,000-$10,000 per year. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for consideration and no additional application is required. Given funding limits, most scholarship aid is awarded in the earlier admission rounds.

University housing for single graduate students and those with families is available in residence halls and university-maintained apartments. Private, off-campus housing is also available. Information on university and non-university housing is automatically mailed to all applicants when they are accepted for admission to the Graduate School.