PhD Admissions

If a PhD 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 option to expect once you get here.

If you have questions, please contact Linda Sanderson at


Incoming PhD applicants are required to have a thorough knowledge of microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and quantitative methods. All applicants must have a thorough knowledge of calculus and linear algebra, and have completed at least two semesters of advanced mathematics, including a course in real analysis. Math classes, such as differential equations, mathematical probability and statistics, optimization, and stochastic differential equations are also good preparation for the PhD program.

In all of these classes, applicants should have a grade of B or better at the time of matriculation. Applicants who do not have this academic background will not be admitted into the PhD program but will be considered for admission to the MS degree program.

How to Apply

Applications for the PhD 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 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
  • Results of the GRE 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.
  • Results of the TOEFL or IELTS if required (institution code = 2098). 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.