Applied Economics and Management Major

The Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (AEM), part of both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, is uniquely poised to seize the 21st century’s emerging business opportunities and tackle its most significant challenges.

Our AACSB accredited undergraduate business school provides management education and the opportunity to specialize in accounting; agribusiness management; applied economics; entrepreneurship; environmental and resource economics; food industry management; finance; international trade & development; marketing; or strategy.

Students can also easily combine the AEM major with a minor or double major in another of CALS majors in the life sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural sciences, or applied social sciences.


  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental, Energy, and Resource Economics
  • Food Industry Management
  • Finance
  • International Trade and Development
  • Marketing
  • Strategy

Employment Fields

  • Agriculture Business; Banking & Financial Services
  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Sales, Management & Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • General Business; Accounting, Actuarial & Insurance, Banking & Financial Services, Consulting, Human Resources, Information Technology
  • Real Estate
  • Healthcare
  • Law

Employers of Recent Graduates

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • AMC Networks
  • American Express
  • Barclays Capital
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bain & Company
  • Black Rock
  • Blackstone
  • Bloomberg
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Cargill
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Ernst & Young
  • Facebook
  • Farm Credit Banks
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • General Electric
  • Hulu
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nomura
  • Ontario Reign Professional Hockey
  • Oracle
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Sandler O'Neil & Partners
  • Target
  • Toor Farming LLC
  • Unilever
  • ZS Associates

Sample Classes

AEM 3250: Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management

Focuses on the activities involved in planning a start-up business, including the exploration of strategic dimensions, performance of marketing research, and planning of financial aspects related to the new company. Lectures and hands-on clinics include visits by real-world entrepreneurs who discuss the start-up process and the challenges of managing growth in a small business. Term project is the development of a business plan, completed in teams of no fewer than three students.

AEM 2500: Environmental and Resource Economics

Introduces fundamental economic principles and the “economic approach” to policy issues, and demonstrates how these concepts underpin contemporary environmental and natural resource issues and policy solutions. Subjects include valuation, benefit-cost analysis, policy design, property rights, and ecological economics. Uses these tools to explore major current policy issues such as economic incentives in environmental policy, air and water pollution, depletion of renewable and nonrenewable resources, and global warming. Course includes two evening exams and three out of class labs.

AEM 4300: International Trade Policy

Examines the economic principles underlying international trade and monetary policy, and the policies, practices, and institutions that influence trade and foreign exchange markets. Also emphasizes applications in: current topics in international trade policy, trade in primary commodities, and both developed and developing countries.

AEM 3440: Consumer Behavior

Develops a useful, conceptual understanding of the problem and strategies associated with the psychology behind consumer behavior. In doing so, the course provides frameworks that enable students to address these issues responsibly, systematically, and creatively.


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