MS Admissions

If an MS in applied economics and management (AEM) interests you and you’re considering taking the next step, we invite you to learn more about eligibility, the application and admission process, and what costs and local housing options to expect once you get here.

If you have questions, please contact Graduate Research Programs Office.


Applicants to the field of applied economics and management do not have to major in agricultural economics, applied economics, or economics as undergraduates to be considered for admission to the MS program. Students with undergraduate specializations in finance, marketing, management, and related business specializations are also welcomed to apply. However, any deficiencies in preparation will lengthen the graduate program. Applicants are preferred to have completed calculus, algebra, statistics, econometrics, and intermediate-level microeconomic theory and macroeconomic theory at a higher than 100 level.

How to Apply

Applications for the MS in AEM are available online through the Cornell University Graduate School. Students must submit all of the following items to be considered for admission the subsequent fall term.

  • The Cornell University Graduate School application form
  • Academic Statement of Purpose: Explain academic interest and relation to professional goals.
  • Personal Statement: Describe how your personal background and experiences influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Additionally, it should provide insights into your potential to contribute to Cornell University’s core value to provide a community of inclusion, belonging, and respect where scholars representing diverse backgrounds, perspectives, abilities, and experiences can learn and work productively and positively together.
  • BS or BA from an accredited university: Submit all undergraduate transcript(s) along with any graduate school transcripts. Upload 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: Should be from persons who can appraise the academic potential of the applicant.
  • Results of the TOEFL or IELTS if required (institution code = 2098): Field usually requires a minimum speaking TOEFL score of 24 and higher. Scores must be sent electronically (e-delivery) to the Cornell University Graduate Admissions, Caldwell Hall e-download account. E-delivery may also be referred to as an e-TRF by your test center. Please see the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirement page for more details.
  • GRE examination scores are not required for the 2024 admission cycle for the AEM MS Program.  

Application Deadlines

To ensure your application receives full consideration please submit your completed application by December 15 for the subsequent fall term.

We strongly encourage all applicants to submit their online application and supporting materials at least two weeks in advance of our deadline (December 15)  Late applications will not be accepted.

Costs, Financial Aid, and Housing

Tuition Rates

Please see the Graduate School’s Tuition Rates page.

Financial Aid

Two types of financial support for graduate students are available through Cornell: merit-based assistantships and fellowships and need-based loans. Prospective students, particularly international students, are also encouraged to apply for support from other national, international, industrial, foundation, and government sources.

The most common form of financial aid for Dyson School graduate students are assistantships in the form of a graduate teaching assistantship (TA) or graduate research assistantship (GRA). The Graduate School provides more information on assistantships and university and external fellowships.


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.