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.

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Applicants to the field of applied economics and management need not have majored in agricultural economics or economics as undergraduates to be considered for admission to the MS program, although any deficiencies in preparation will lengthen the graduate program. Applicants are preferred to have completed calculus, algebra, statistics, and econometrics 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 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
  • 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 from persons who can appraise the academic potential of the applicant
  • Results of the GRE examination (institution code = 2098) Competitive applicants should have achieved the 80th percentile in Quantitative Reasoning, and a good balance in Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing. Due to our commitment that no student be disadvantaged by COVID-19 the AEM MS Program will make the GRE optional for the 2021 admission cycle.  Students who do not submit GRE scores will not be disadvantaged and the admission committee will look for evidence of excellent academic preparation from other required application documents.
  • Results of the TOEFL or IELTS if required (institution code = 2098) Field usually requires a minimum speaking TOEFL score of 24 and higher. Please see the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirement page for more details.

Application Deadlines

To receive full consideration for graduate assistantships or fellowships, complete applications must be submitted by December 15 for the subsequent fall term.

To ensure your application is complete by December 15, we strongly encourage all applicants to submit their online application and supporting materials at least two weeks in advance of our deadline. 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.