The Applied Economics and Management Degree Program at Dyson

At the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (AEM), our business is a better world—and we designed our innovative curriculum around that vision.

Dyson’s AACSB International–accredited undergraduate AEM degree program prepares students not only to succeed in life and career—but also to use their education to make a meaningful difference in their communities and around the world.


What is Applied Economics and Management?

Applied economics and management is all about using data, reasoning, and elements of economic theory to make informed business decisions—and crucial decisions, big and small, are made at every level of an organization. That’s why the practical, interdisciplinary AEM major builds a solid foundation for countless career paths.


Why Dyson for Your Applied Economics and Management Degree?

It’s more than what you learn; it’s also about the how and why. At Dyson, you’ll get real-world learning experiences focused on solving real-world issues—all with the guidance of a distinguished faculty and access to university-wide resources.

Hands-On Learning

Get plenty of practical experience on and off campus through internships, study abroad, research, community engagement, and leadership development. Many student organizations even allow you to put your learning into action, such as managing an investment fund or consulting with small businesses.

Better-World Approach

Prepare to use your skills and talents to address today’s most pressing issues. Dyson embodies the “our business is a better world” ethos found in nearly everything we do. Our faculty find solutions to societal needs through original research, and students participate in service-based courses and projects.

Cornell Connections

Be part of a small school environment with the resources and support of a large university. Take courses or even double major in programs within the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Plus, you’ll benefit from the insight and connections of the Big Red alumni network.

By the Numbers: AEM Degree Program Highlights

The value of a Dyson degree is evident throughout the entire academic journey, from move-in day to accepting that first job offer.

  • 926 AEM students at Dyson
    … 41 percent female
  • 1,000+ Student Clubs & Organizations
    … within Dyson, the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, and beyond
  • $88,633 Average Base Salary
    … for the class of 2022
  • 346,997 Cornell Alumni
    … including 11,395 Dyson and 47,567 SC Johnson College

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Dyson Cornell Academics: AEM Degree Overview

Dyson’s highly ranked applied economics and management bachelor’s degree program combines a strong core curriculum with career-focused concentration areas—and the flexibility to add a minor or second major that aligns with your professional goals. 


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Campus and Community: Student Life at Dyson

Being part of a vibrant campus community and living in a thriving college town is a big part of life at Dyson. Student organizations, Cornell traditions, Big Red athletics, and countless events and activities will enrich your educational experience. Plus, with access to a range of academic, professional, wellness, and other resources, you’ll feel supported every step of the way.


They are Dyson

Innovators. Builders. Connectors. Dyson students are ambitious high-achievers who see their ideas and aspirations come to life before they even leave campus. Meet a few of them in this video.

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After Dyson: What Can You Do with an Applied Economics Degree?

With deep industry expertise in finance, consulting, technology, consumer packaged goods, and agribusiness, many Dyson students land top positions in these fields—but you’ll quickly learn that an applied economics and management bachelor’s degree can take you anywhere, from a private equity manager to a director of sales and marketing for a dairy producer. Our top-notch career services and academic advising will help you align your academic journey with your desired career path.


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Cornell Dyson Admissions

During the college search, finding the perfect fit is everything. We encourage you to explore both our application requirements and degree requirements to ensure Dyson is right for you. Our website is full of excellent academic, career, and campus life information; you may also explore a campus video tour, attend an online or in-person admissions event, or view the Dyson School pre-recorded information session.

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Financing Your Future: Dyson Tuition and Financial Aid

A Dyson degree is a solid investment in yourself and your future. Driven by Cornell’s founding vision of “any person, any study,” we’re committed to helping promising students achieve their dreams, regardless of their means.  The University’s Office of Financial Aid will help you determine how to make your tuition and living expenses as manageable as possible.


Admissions Overview: Applying to the AEM Degree Program

Does Dyson’s applied economics major sound right for you? Learn more about admissions requirements and the application process, including dates and deadlines.


Ready for the Dyson Experience?

Already know Dyson is the right fit? Start your application to the applied economics and management degree program today.