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April 1 MPS Application Deadline

Posted on March 24, 2017 by

If you hope to attend Cal Poly’s MPS in Dairy Products Technology program this fall, there’s still time to apply – but you’d better hurry.

You can keep your options open by submitting the online application by midnight on April 1. Applicants who meet the deadline will have an additional 30 days to provide supporting materials, including GRE scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

The program still has a few openings and welcomes additional applicants. Minimum requirements include a 2.5 GPA, scores at or above the 50th percentile on the GRE, and exposure to college-level biology and chemistry.

The Master of Professional Studies in Dairy Products Technology is a one-year Masters program that trains students for management and leadership roles in the growing international dairy foods industry. The program has a high placement record with numerous industry-leading companies. Starting salaries for graduates average $65,000 – 75,000.

Questions? Call, text, or email me anytime. I look forward to hearing from you!

Tom Photo 2015Tom Johnson. Program Manager
MPS in Dairy Products Technology
(970) 215-3459 cell
tjohns47@calpoly.edu

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Eleven Reasons to Apply to the MPS Program

Posted on March 17, 2017 by

 

Here are eleven great reasons to apply to the MPS in Dairy Products Technology program:

  • Rewarding careers: our graduates work in a stable and growing industry, making delicious products and helping to feed the world.
  • High salary potential: three of our current students were recently offered jobs starting at more than $75,000/year plus a signing bonus.
  • Paid Internships: our students earn more than $12,000 on average during their internships, and most interns receive free housing, as well as transportation to and from their internship sites.
  • Efficient path: our students start earning money after only nine months, and graduate with a master’s degree in only 12 months.
  • High demand: all MPS students to date have landed good-paying internships. Our placement rate upon graduation is near 100 percent.
  • Beautiful location: San Luis Obispo is among the most desirable cities in America and routinely tops national lists of the happiest and most beautiful cities in the nation.
  • Learn By Doing: Cal Poly is famous for teaching students through practical, hands-on exercises. Employers know that our program embraces the “Learn By Doing” methodology and that our graduates are ready to work.
  • Contact with industry leaders: from their first day in the program, our students enjoy face-to-face contact with high-level executives from Fortune 500 and large private companies, including Land O Lakes, Safeway, Leprino, Tillamook, Hilmar, Dean Foods, Kraft, Nestle, and others. These relationships lead to internships and job offers later on.
  • Top-flight education: for the last 25 years, Cal Poly has been ranked the top masters-level university in the country by Forbes Magazine and is perennially among the publication’s “Best of the West.”
  • Degree of the future: Education Advisory Board writes that the Master of Professional Studies degree will account for nearly all growth in the number of master’s degrees awarded in the years to come. MPS degrees are practical and nimble, adapting quickly to input from employers and preparing students for employment in a rapidly changing world.
  • Scholarships available: we recently announced a program to help a limited number of students with tuition costs. Contact me for details.

Need more information?

Visit mpsdairy.calpoly.edu or call, email, or text me anytime. I will answer your questions and help you decide whether the MPS program is a good fit. I can also connect you with past and current students, faculty members, and industry executives.

We hope to see your application!

Tom Photo 2015Tom Johnson. Program Manager
MPS in Dairy Products Technology
(970) 215-3459 cell
tjohns47@calpoly.edu

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Take steps now to determine whether the MPS program is right for you

Posted on March 7, 2017 by

Trying to decide whether to apply to Cal Poly’s MPS in Dairy Products Technology program?

There’s still time. Applications for Fall 2017 aren’t due until April 1. Students who meet the application deadline will have another month to complete their files. Apply here.

Unsure whether the MPS program is right for you? Don’t know enough about the program or the industry to make a good decision? Read on.

First, consider that people with graduate degrees typically enjoy:

  • Higher pay ($16,000 per year more on average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, and $400,000 over a lifetime, according to the U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Lower lifetime unemployment
  • Differentiation in a competitive job market
  • Higher job satisfaction
  • Continued intellectual development
  • Specialized knowledge
  • More control over one’s career

Once you’ve made the decision to attend graduate school, there’s still work to do to determine whether the MPS program is your best fit. Many factors should be considered, including program cost, reputation, compatibility with your areas of interest, career goals, location, and career opportunities and salaries for graduates. But how do you gather this information?

Recommendations

  • If possible, visit our campus. Try to get a feel for the culture and the atmosphere. Sit in on some classes. Meet the professors and students in the program. Do you feel comfortable milling about with students already enrolled? Do students seem to like the program?
  • Talk with former students. Ask for a list of people who have graduated from the program and reach out to them. Ask whether the program met their expectations. Are their careers on track? Is the MPS degree helpful in their career development? Does the degree command respect in the industry?
  • Talk with senior-level people in the industry you would join. The program can help you connect with people who can provide a real-world prospective about what it’s like to work in the industry, what your career track will look like, and whether the degree you’re considering will help you get where you want to go.
  • Do your research. Familiarize yourself not only with the MPS program, but with the field the MPS program trains you for. Conduct internet searches. Read the news. Ask lots of questions.
  • Talk with current professors and guidance counselors. What do they think of the program you’re considering? Do they think it’s a good fit?
  • Talk with friends and family. What do they think about your choices? Can they see you going down the road you’re considering?

If you’re unsure whether Cal Poly’s MPS in Dairy Products Technology program is a good fit for you, start by giving me a call. I can help you work through your decision and connect you with students, graduates, and professionals in the industry. Together, we’ll get you the information you need to make an informed decision.

Call, text, or email me anytime. I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope to see your application soon!

Tom Photo 2015Tom Johnson. Program Manager
MPS in Dairy Products Technology
(970) 215-3459 cell
tjohns47@calpoly.edu

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MPS Application Deadline One Month Away

Posted on March 1, 2017 by

One month remains until applications are due for Cal Poly’s MPS in Dairy Products Technology program. To be considered for Fall 2017 admission, online applications must be submitted by April 1.

The program still has openings for Fall 2017 and welcomes applicants. Minimum requirements include a 2.75 GPA, scores near or above the 50th percentile on the GRE, and exposure to college-level biology and chemistry. No food or dairy experience is required.

The Master of Professional Studies in Dairy Products Technology is a one-year Masters program that trains students for management and leadership roles in the growing international dairy foods industry. The program has a high placement record with numerous industry-leading companies. Starting salaries for graduates average $65,000 – 75,000 (often higher for engineers).

Applicants who submit their online applications prior to the April 1 deadline will have an additional 30 days to provide supporting materials, including GRE scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

Questions? Call, text, or email me anytime. I look forward to hearing from you!

Tom Photo 2015Tom Johnson. Program Manager
MPS in Dairy Products Technology
(970) 215-3459 cell
tjohns47@calpoly.edu

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San Luis Obispo Among Most Beautiful College Towns

Posted on February 17, 2017 by

Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, San Luis Obispo enjoys a Mediterranean climate and pleasant temperatures year round.

San Luis Obispo, home to Cal Poly, has been named one of the Five Most Beautiful College Towns in America by the website Travelers Today.

The ranking, which was published last week, reminds readers that studying at a fantastic university set in a friendly and accommodating college town can tip the scales in favor of an unforgettable college experience.

“Choosing where to go to college is a major step,” says writer Sheobi Anne Ramos. “The options are diverse in the US. But when considering the university you’ll spend the next four years in, you should also take into account the town it inhabits.”

Downtown San Luis Obispo is home to numerous restaurants and one of the country’s best farmers markets.

Ramos highlighted San Luis Obispo’s relative spaciousness and access to outdoor recreation. “Home to California Polytechnic State University, this California college town is sure to make any student’s life easier,” says Ramos. “It isn’t as crowded as the main cities in Cali, and the amount of activities and excursions in the area are enough to make any student stay after college.”

San Luis Obispo is well known as an adventurist’s paradise. Recreators seek out the area for mountain biking, hiking, and surfing — all just a few minutes from town. Wildlife enthusiasts enjoy whale watching and mingling with sea lions and birds along the nearby Central Coast. Cycling through the area’s wine country adds yet another dimension, as San Luis Obispo County is home to more than 300 wineries.

Picturesque Vineyards line the valleys surrounding the City of San Luis Obispo.

The town of San Luis Obispo is also a big draw, for locals and visitors alike. Named one of the country’s friendliest towns by USA Today and “The Happiest Place In America” by Oprah Winfrey and National Geographic, San Luis Obispo is a picturesque college town packed with restaurants, breweries, shopping, and entertainment.

Rounding out the top five Most Beautiful College Towns are:

  • Corvallis, Oregon, home to Oregon State University
  • Boulder, Colorado, home to University of Colorado
  • Ames, Iowa, home to Iowa State University
  • Bloomington, Indiana, home to Indiana University

The complete rankings can be found at The Five Most Beautiful College Towns In America.

For more information about Cal Poly’s MPS in Dairy Products Technology program, visit mpsdairy.calpoly.edu or contact:

Tom Photo 2015

Tom Johnson, Program Manager
MPS in Dairy Products Technology
(970) 215-3459 cell
tjohns47@calpoly.edu

 

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