Our Business is a Better World

Innovation, intellectual curiosity, and a collective drive to change the world for the better—this is what fuels our vibrant learning community.

Business and societal impact intersect at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Immersive, practical, and academically rigorous, our programs will deepen your knowledge of economic theory, sharpen your business acumen, and develop critical skills for today’s—and tomorrow’s—competitive global marketplace.

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Meet the Dean of Dyson: Jinhua Zhao

Learn more about Jinhua Zhao, the David J. Nolan Dean of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.


Dyson Distinctions

Among the nation’s top applied economics and management programs, the Dyson School offers high-quality career-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees.

  • #8 Business Program U.S. News & World Report ranked Dyson among the best applied economics programs in the country in 2022.
  • 11,395 Alumni Dyson graduates make a difference in companies and communities around the world.
  • More than 1,200 Dyson Students Our ambitious undergraduate and graduate students excel academically and professionally.
  • Founded in 1911 Part of Cornell University, Dyson’s school of business has been preparing future leaders for more than a century.

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Why Choose the Dyson School for Your Applied Economics and Management Degree?

At Dyson, you’ll find a diverse and distinguished faculty, a curriculum based on real-world problem-solving, and practical career planning resources. But the value of a Dyson degree extends well beyond your time on campus. Members of our community stay connected to Cornell and each other—personally and professionally—long after graduation.


Applied Economics and Management Programs

Real-world learning experiences focused on solving real-world issues is the hallmark of Dyson programs, whether you’re an undergraduate applied economics and management (AEM) major, working toward a graduate degree in applied economics, or are earning a professional certificate.

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Undergraduate Programs

With strong ties to the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), our undergraduate AEM curriculum and immersive learning opportunities reinforce the value of ethical and sustainable business practices. The flexibility to add a concentration(s) and minor, a Dyson AEM degree prepares you for professional success in an incredible range of fields.

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Graduate Programs

Advance your education (and career) with the Dyson School’s graduate-level applied economics and management programs, which include a master’s of science (MS), a master’s in professional studies (MPS), and a STEM-designated Ph.D. Learn and research alongside some of the best in the industry while building subject matter expertise of your own.  

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Executive Education

Enhance your credentials with a professional certificate in data science, leadership, or another in-demand area. Designed and authored by top faculty at SC Johnson College of Business, executive education programs are available in a variety of formats geared toward working professionals. Customizable options for team development are also available.


Industry Advantages: Our Expertise Gives You an Edge

Dyson faculty members are among the world’s leading researchers, innovators, and practitioners in financial services, consulting, technology, consumer packaged goods, and agribusiness.


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Life at Dyson: An Immersive, Collaborative Learning Environment

It’s the best of all worlds: Dyson’s welcoming, small school environment is enriched with the resources of the renowned Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, then further enhanced by the prestige of studying at Cornell University. You’ll build relationships with peers and professors as you participate in spirited classroom discussions, dynamic group projects, and immersive learning experiences. And with access to campus-wide academic, career, wellness, and other services, you’ll have plenty of support along the way.


Big Red, Big Impact: Students and Alumni on Their Dyson Experience

Dyson students and alumni credit their success in the classroom and beyond to rigorous academics, a strong core foundation, practical learning experiences, a myriad of support resources, and a strong peer network.

Kate Naldony ’06

CEO at Bandier
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Biography for Kate Naldony ’06

“The Dyson program prepared me for the real-world business challenges ahead. In addition to the rich classroom experience, the campus life, programming, and extracurriculars allowed me to build soft skills for tough situations.”

Alexa Friedman ’24

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Biography for Alexa Friedman ’24

“Dyson has such a strong support system that makes me feel so comforted and welcome. I know that if I ever have any sort of issue, major or minor, I can go to any faculty member, professor, or many upperclassmen who I’ve had the opportunity to become close with through Dyson. There is a true support system in Dyson, and the people here really want you to succeed.”

Stephanie Evans ’10

Founder of Pamoja, Sr. Product Manager at Tapestry
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Biography for Stephanie Evans ’10

“The analytic rigor of the Dyson program allowed me to differentiate myself when I launched my career in fashion retail post-graduation, quickly identifying product trends and opportunities. Today, as an entrepreneur, I find myself utilizing a lot of the things I picked up and learned from the core business courses, from Accounting to Marketing.”

Karina Popovich ’22

Head of Impact at Makers for Change, Founder of Makers for COVID-19
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Biography for Karina Popovich ’22

“You get a powerful network. I am in awe at the realization that my classmates will be future CEOs, investors, and decision-makers. Dyson's biggest gift to me has been a network of bright peers. The culture at the school makes it possible to meet every Dyson student in your grade. I truly believe that I am familiar with most Dyson students, even those not in my grade.”

Kristina Anderson ’03

Director of Commerce Partnerships, Google
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Biography for Kristina Anderson ’03

“The opportunity to apply core economics principles differentiates the Dyson experience. Learning and applying finance, business statistics, and economics principles to class projects and case studies was directly translatable to my first job as a management consultant.”

Thatcher Hollis ’24

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Biography for Thatcher Hollis ’24

“Dyson prepares its students to be successful and efficient business professionals. The career development resources both in and outside the classroom have been very helpful.”

June Kwak ’23

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Biography for June Kwak ’23

“Dyson has given me a backbone of resources I can flock to when I feel confused. Career services and academic advising services have been so helpful in answering questions I have had and navigating me through the challenges I’ve faced while deciding on a career path.”

Dyson Alumni: Changing the Industry, Changing the World

Dyson’s diverse alumni network is united by a vision of using business to build a better world. They lead, create, and inspire in every industry imaginable. They hold positions in companies and organizations of all shapes and sizes, including some of the most recognizable names in business, finance, consulting, and consumer goods.

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Dyson’s Distinguished Faculty: Collaborating for a Better World

Through scholarship, mentorship, leadership, and entrepreneurship, Dyson faculty make the world a better place. Not only are they award-winning educators, but they also publish original research, speak at international conferences, lead and consult companies, serve on nonprofit boards, and even patent products and services.

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On and Around Campus: Dyson’s Vibrant Community

With its stunning scenery, historic buildings, and steady stream of activity, Cornell University is the heartbeat of Ithaca, New York. Our vibrant college town is nestled in one of the country’s most spectacular regions. We’d love to show you around, whether you meet us in person at the AgQuad or explore our campus from home.


Dyson BusinessFeed: Updates and Insights

Our BusinessFeed features updates on ground-breaking research, student experiences, and other applied economics and management stories from around the AgQuad and beyond.

July 23, 2024

Research: The Decision-Making Mystery of AI Chatbots

New study from the Dyson School delves into the differences between decision-making processes in human and artificial intelligence.

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July 12, 2024

Shadi Atallah Integrates Biology and Economics to Advance Sustainable Agriculture

10 Under 10 honoree Shadi Atallah, a professor of agricultural and consumer economics, is a teacher, mentor, academic leader, and scientific advisor.

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July 8, 2024

Protecting Livestock and Livelihoods

Cornell dissertations launch a long-term data and economics project to predict and prevent livestock loss and reduce poverty among African herders.

Upcoming Events: What’s Happening at Dyson

There’s always something happening on campus (or virtually) at Dyson’s school of business, from career planning seminars and networking events to industry conferences and compelling guest speakers.

Change the World With Us: Join the Dyson Community

The Dyson School’s applied economics and management (AEM) programs prepare you to succeed in an array of industries, sectors, and specialties. Undergraduate AEM majors tailor their academic path to fit career goals through concentrations, minors, or a second major; and graduate students delve into faculty-mentored research projects that match their professional interests.