Master of Professional Studies
in Agriculture and Life Sciences

Concentration in Applied Behavioral Economics and Individual Choice

Program Structure

Degree: Candidates for the Master of Professional Studies in Agriculture and Life Science with concentration in Applied Behavioral Economics and Individual Choice (ABEIC) can choose from the following three areas of concentration:

  • Behavioral Marketing, or
  • Sustainability and Behavior, or
  • Behavioral Finance

This program is located in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Program Start Date and Duration

  • The program starts in the Fall semester (late August) every year.
  • A minimum of two registration units (semesters) are required to obtain the MPS degree
  • Academic calendar

 

General MPS Requirements

  1. Completion of 30 credit hours
  2. At least 24 credit hours in courses numbered 4000 or higher
  3. At least 20 credit hours must be for courses offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
  4. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned through the problem-solving project
  5. A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned outside CALS, either in another college at Cornell University or elsewhere; these credits must be related to the subject of study and completed not more than 5 years before admission
  6. 2 registration units (semesters)
  7. Completion of a problem-solving project
  8. Minimum grade point average of 2.5
  9. Completion of the degree within 4 years of admission

 

Specific ABEIC Concentration Requirements

Program Pre-Requisites

Because of the range of tracks, it is believed that students entering the program will come from a wide-range of backgrounds: business, environmental studies, psychology, economics, public health, and other social studies. To begin to provide a common grounding, a pre-matriculation reading package will be sent to incoming students. Part of this will consist of a core set of readings for all students and focused readings for each of the concentrations. In addition, incoming students will be directed to sample projects of prior students and sample biographies of their experience in the program. In the days prior to the start of the fall semester, an orientation will be conducted for incoming students.

  • Core Courses: all students must take (or provide adequate proof they have already completed) the following courses:
    • AEM 6140 Behavioral and Managerial Decision Making (Fall-3cr)
    • BTRY 6010 Statistical Methods I (Fall-4cr)
    • BTRY 6020 Statistical Methods II (Spring-4cr)

  • Courses in Area of Concentration - 6 credit hours must be completed in the chosen area of concentration, as indicated below:

Behavioral Marketing:

    • AEM 6440 Consumer Behavior (Fall-3cr) and one of the following courses: AEM 4160 Strategic Pricing (Spring – 3cr); AEM 4550 Economics of Advertising (Spring-3cr); AEM 6480 Food & Consumer Packaged Goods Industry Dynamics (Spring-3cr);

Sustainability and Behavior:

    • AEM 6450 Sustainability Marketing (Spring-3cr) and one of the following courses: AEM 4580 The Economics and Psychology of Sustainable Business (Spring-3cr), AEM 6440 Consumer Behavior (Fall-3cr)

Behavioral Finance:

    • AEM 4230 Contemporary Topics in Applied Finance (Fall-3cr) and AEM 4570 Advanced Corporate Finance (Fall-3cr).

      Note: With advisor’s approval AEM 4570 can be substituted with one of the following courses:
      AEM 4290 International Financial Management (Fall – 3cr), AEM 4620 Advanced Financial Modeling & Analysis (Fall – 2cr) or AEM 4670 Investments in the Global Economy (Fall – 3cr).
  • Problem-Solving Project – total of 6 credits, 3 in each of the two semesters

All students must complete a supervised project in the chosen area of concentration. This project will include the student’s participation in fieldwork examining applied behavioral economic phenomena. A report must be submitted to and approved by the students’ advisor. Additionally, students must present their report at a public seminar.

  • Elective Coursework - a maximum of 7 credits. Courses must be relevant and approved by student’s advisor

FAQs

  • What are the Pre-Requisites?

Because of the range of tracks, it is believed that students entering the program will come from a wide-range of backgrounds:  business, environmental studies, psychology, economics, public health, and other social studies.  To begin to provide a common grounding, a pre-matriculation reading package will be sent to incoming students.  Part of this will consist of a core set of readings for all students and focused readings for each of the concentrations.  In addition, incoming students will be directed to sample projects of prior students and sample biographies of their experience in the program. In the days prior to the start of the fall semester, an orientation will be conducted for incoming students.

  • What are the requirements to obtain an MPS with ABEIC concentration?

There are general MPS requirements and specific ABEIC requirements.

  • Can I start the program in the Spring semester?

Due to the specific ABEIC concentration course requirements students can only be accepted for te Fall Semester each year.

  • What is the cost of this program?

This program is a Tier 1 Professional Degree. Tuition for the 2017/2018 academic year is $52,612. For information on Tuition rates please check at Graduate School webpage.