Internal Transfer Applicants

Current Cornell students may apply for internal transfer admission to the applied economics and management (AEM) major in the Dyson School. Please pay careful attention to the information provided here as you consider applying. The Dyson School enrolls transfer students in the fall semester only.

Cornell internal transfer applicants should have a very strong academic record in their current program and should be prepared to communicate thoughtfully and in some detail about their interests and reasons for preferring to study in the Dyson School. Internal transfer admission into Dyson is extremely competitive and therefore not all applicants who meet the criteria below are accepted.


Rising sophomores and rising juniors (i.e., those who apply in their freshman or sophomore year) currently attending Cornell University are eligible to apply as internal transfer applicants. Preference is given to current freshman applicants. Current juniors and seniors are not eligible for internal transfer to the Dyson School. Students who transferred to Cornell from another university or college are also not eligible for internal transfer to the Dyson School.

Freshmen exploring the possibility of transferring to Dyson should familiarize themselves with AEM prerequisites to ensure that courses taken during the first year will meet Dyson School requirements.

Note: Rising junior transfer applicants (i.e., those who apply in their sophomore year) who are accepted into Dyson are not eligible for the concentration in finance, but may choose from Dyson's other ten concentrations.

Admission Requirements

Internal transfer applicants must meet (or complete during the semester in which they apply) the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Minimum Cornell GPA of 2.75 (note: successful applicants usually have at least a 3.3 GPA)
  • Full-time (12-credit-minimum) standing each semester, with few, if any, S/U graded courses
  • Good standing in current college
  • Successful completion of ECON 1110. While not required, ECON 1120 is strongly recommended. AP credit will be accepted.
  • Successful completion of calculus. AP credit accepted by Cornell can fulfill this requirement.
  • "B+" grade or better in one of the following introductory statistics courses. An AP statistics score of 5 waives the need to take a Cornell statistics course.

Admission Recommendations

Your internal transfer application is strengthened if you take at least one quantitative course each semester. Possible courses include the following:

  • AEM 2770
  • AEM 3100
  • AEM 4110
  • AEM 4120
  • ECON 3110
  • ECON 3130
  • ECON 3140
  • ILRST 2110
  • ILRST 3030
  • ILRST 3110
  • MATH 1120
  • CS 1110
  • CS 1112

Courses available to freshmen that fulfill AEM requirements and can inform your decision to transfer to Dyson include the following:

  • AEM 1220
  • AEM 1500
  • AEM 2050
  • AEM 2110
  • AEM 2230
  • AEM 2300 (cross-listed as ECON 2300)
  • AEM 2350
  • AEM 3020
  • ECON 1120 (or AP Macroeconomics credit)
  • ENGRI 1270

Do not feel you must choose courses from this list; it is provided for your information only.

Note: Management, marketing, accounting, and finance courses offered as part of the university minor in business do not fulfill Dyson major requirements and therefore should not be taken by freshmen applying to transfer.

You should also complete at least one course in your current major or program so you can speak intelligently about why it is no longer the right choice for you.

In addition to coursework, your internal application to the Dyson School will be evaluated on qualitative factors such as work experience, volunteer activities, leadership positions, internships, and your ability to explain in detail why the AEM major is a good fit for you.

Application Process and Timeline

The Dyson School enrolls transfer students in the fall semester only. Internal transfer applications are accepted during the prior spring semester. The application deadline is the last day of instruction in May. Late applications will not be reviewed and extensions are not granted.

Steps in the internal transfer application process:

  1. Attend a Dyson internal transfer information session.

    Sessions will be scheduled on the following dates:
    • October 24, 2017 at 4:30 p.m., Statler 198
    • February 6, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., Statler 398
    • April 10, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., Statler 265
  2. Complete an online Dyson internal transfer supplement.

    The Dyson Internal Transfer Supplement gathers information about your background and your interest in the AEM major in the Dyson School. You will be able to submit the supplement starting January 5.

    The online supplement must be submitted before you schedule an interview (see below).
  3. Schedule an Interview.

    Beginning in February, you should schedule an interview during the spring semester with the Dyson director of undergraduate advising. Your interview must be completed by 4:00 p.m. on the last day of classes in May.

    A sign-up sheet with available times is available at 316 Warren Hall.

    Do not attempt to schedule an interview until you have submitted the Dyson internal transfer profile.
  4. Complete the Cornell internal transfer application.

    The Internal Transfer Application for Dyson will be available by February. The application deadline is the last day of instruction in May. Late applications will not be reviewed and extensions are not granted.
  5. Submit a Current Resume.

    Submit a current resume in PDF format to indicating that you are seeking admission to AEM and have fulfilled the prior steps.

    Dyson makes its fall internal transfer admission decisions after final grades for the spring semester have been recorded. We will email your decision letter in June to the address noted on your application.

Questions and Contacts

Office of Undergraduate and Master's Programs Admissions
SC Johnson College of Business
149 Statler Hall
Phone: 607.254.4228

Student Spotlight

Maria Jiang

Maria Jiang '16


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Environmental, Energy, and Resource Economics

What makes Dyson special?

The support. In classes, everyone works together to strengthen their understanding of concepts. Study groups are commonplace and nonexclusive. The majority of classes are TA'ed by peers who have taken the classes before. This means your TAs know exactly how to help you understand the most difficult lessons, because they were once there, too. Dyson also offers the widest variety of concentrations I found while applying to business schools. I got to specialize in environmental, energy, and resource economics right off the bat, without having to wait years and years until graduate school.