Application Process

The application period will open on October 1. At that time, we will begin accepting applications for the class beginning fall 2019.

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 2.5 GPA over their last 90 credit hours of coursework. GRE score: OPTIONAL; 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 6.5. The TOEFL results must be directed to institution code 4038.

Completed applications must include the following:

  • A formal application made through Cal State Apply (online or using a downloaded application form). 
  • 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.

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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