Food and Agricultural Economics (FAE) MPS Concentration

The Food and Agricultural Economics (FAE) concentration of the AEM Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program conducts research, teaching, and extension directed at a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders in food economics and agricultural economics.

Why Earn a Master of Professional Studies Degree with a Concentration in Food and Agricultural Economics?

Graduate students pursuing their MPS at Cornell with a concentration in Food and Agricultural Economics are uniquely positioned to address comprehensive vertical (from land to consumer) problems and issues in the entire agricultural and food sector, including:

  • Marketing
  • Demand analysis
  • Production economics
  • Policy and trade analysis
  • Quantitative methods
  • Technological change
  • Agribusiness finance
  • Management

General Program Structure – 30 credits


  • Statistics or BTRY 6010 – Statistical Methods I (4 credits)
  • Intermediate microeconomics or AEM 5600 – Managerial Economics (4 credits)
  • Undergraduate calculus or “Math camp for MBA’s” (or Khan Academy)

Required Coursework

  • Quantitative and computational methods (6 credits)

-Econometrics/marketing research and computational methods

  • Global Citizenship AEM 5305 and Management Communications AEM 6940(2.5 credits)
  • Core coursework specific to each concentration (9 credits)
  • Problem-solving project (6 credits)

Elective Coursework (3-6 credits)

  • Courses must be relevant and approved by your concentration leader

Food and Agricultural Economics Concentration Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for the Master of Professional Studies in Applied Economics and Management program, Food and Agricultural Economics graduate students can choose from a range of electives taken from appropriate courses numbered 4000 or higher, as approved by the student’s advisor.

Analysis of food and agricultural systems (choose 1):

  • AEM 2310 – Business and Economics of Food
  • AEM 4450 – Toward a Sustainable Global Food System:  Food Policy for Developing Countries
  • AEM 4350 – Political Economy of the WTO
  • AEM 6400 – Analysis of Agricultural Markets

Food Marketing:


  • AEM 3020 – Farm Business Management
  • AEM 3260 – Cooperative Business Management
  • AEM 6080 – Production Economics
  • AEM 6050 – Agricultural Finance and Development

Learn More and Begin Your Application Today

Learn more about the Cornell Dyson Master of Professional Studies in Applied Economics and Management program and its concentrations, and begin the application process today!