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. 

* FYSA students can apply for internal transfer to the Dyson School in their first or third semester.

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. 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.

Note: Students should take the statistics class housed within their current college or major. 

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: Excursions in Computational Sustainability 
  • AEM 3100: Business Statistics 
  • AEM 4110: Introduction to Econometrics 
  • AEM 4120: Computational Methods for Management and Economics 
  • ECON 3110 (cross-listed as ILRST 3110): Probability Models and Inference for the Social Sciences 
  • ECON 3130: Statistics and Probability 
  • ECON 3140: Econometrics 
  • ILRST 2110: Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences II
  • MATH 1120: Calculus II
  • CS 1110: Introduction to Computing Using Python 
  • CS 1112: Introduction to Computing Using MATLAB

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

  • AEM 1220: Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences: Past, Present, and Future 
  • AEM 1500: An Introduction to the Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources 
  • AEM 2050: Introduction to Agricultural and Development Finance 
  • AEM 2110: The Business of Biofuels 
  • AEM 2230: Cooperative Business Management 
  • AEM 2300 (cross-listed as ECON 2300): International Trade and Finance 
  • AEM 2350: Introduction to the Economics of Development 
  • AEM 3020: Farm Business Management 
  • ECON 1120: Introductory Macroeconomics (or AP Macroeconomics credit)

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.

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 2, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in 151 Warren Hall
    • Online information session, October 24, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom (please register before the session)
    • March 19, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Location TBD 
  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 in January.

    The online supplement must be submitted before you schedule an interview (see below).
  3. 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.
  4. 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

If you have any questions on your eligibility, admissions requirements, or the application process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate and Master's Programs Admissions at 149 Statler Hall during the following walk-in hours:

  • Thursday, November 1 4:30-5:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, November 8 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 9 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 15 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 16 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 19 3:30-4:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, November 29 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 30 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Please plan your schedule accordingly as there may be a waiting period to see a counselor. 

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


Reading, Pennsylvania


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.