Application Process

The application period will open on October 1 and we will begin accepting applications then for the class beginning Fall 2018.

The program utilizes a rolling admission process, whereby applicants are evaluated and notified about admission status throughout the application period.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor's degree obtained in a field with substantial analytical and critical thinking, such as an engineering discipline, chemistry, physics, biology, animal science, food science or other scientific or agricultural discipline is preferred. At a minimum, applicants must have completed at least one year each of college-level chemistry and biology. Questions about academic requirements should be directed to Program Manager Tom Johnson at 970-215-3459 or

Applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.75 GPA over their last 90 credit hours of coursework. Minimum GRE score requirement: fiftieth (50) percentile on quantitative, verbal and writing sections; subject test scores are not required.

Those who do not possess a Bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

The TOEFL must have been taken within the last two years with a minimum score of 550 (paper version), 213 (computerized version), or 80 (internet-based). The minimum score for the IELTS is 6.0.

Completed applications must include the following:

  • A formal application made through CSUMentor (online or using a downloaded application form). See the CSUMentor Application Instructions for a detailed guide on how to apply.
  • In addition to your CSUMentor application, you must establish an Interfolio account (link to be posted on October 1). Interfolio is the online provider that we use for prospective students to create an ePortfolio.
  • Through Interfolio, upload your unofficial transcripts and self-reported GRE scores. Official transcripts from ALL colleges previously attended (except Cal Poly), should be sent directly from your university to Cal Poly's Admissions Office. Your official GRE scores should be sent to Cal Poly's Admissions office. Scores may also be sent directly to Cal Poly using institution code 4038. If your university supports electronics transcript submission, have them email your transcripts to: Mailed transcripts should be sent to Admissions, California Polytechnic State University, 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation (three are recommended) from faculty members or professional references on institutional/company letterhead, addressed to: Thomas W. Johnson, Program Manager, Master of Professional Studies in Dairy Products Technology, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0358. Interfolio will provide instructions to help your references upload their letters of recommendation directly to Interfolio.
  • See the ePortfolio Guidelines document for a detailed walkthrough of the Interfolio application process.

International applicants, including anyone who would attend Cal Poly while in the U.S. under a non-immigrant visa, must also submit results of the TOEFL test taken within the past two years. The TOEFL results must be directed to institution code 4038. Go to Cal Poly's TOEFL website for additional TOEFL instructions.

More information about the application process can be found here.

For additional details regarding graduate admission and requirements, please view the Graduate Education website.

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