2015 MPS Application Process Opens October 1

online appStudents applying for 2015 admission to the MPS in Dairy Products Technology program can submit their applications as early as October 1. For instructions on how to apply, please visit http://mpsdairy.calpoly.edu/application/apply.html.

In order to complete their applications, students will need to submit two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a resume, GRE scores, and official transcripts. International students educated at a non-English-speaking institution will also need to submit TOEFL scores.

The MPS program employs a rolling admission process, whereby applications are reviewed and applicants are notified the month after completing their applications.

For questions about the program or the application process, please contact MPS Program Manager Tom Johnson at (970) 215-3459 or tjohns47@calpoly.edu.

Back to School for MPS Students

mps classA new crop of MPS in Dairy Products Technology students started classes Monday.

In their first quarter, students will take courses in Dairy Chemistry, Dairy Microbiology, and Dairy Processing and Manufacturing.

This fall, MPS students will also have the opportunity to tour several large dairy processing facilities. Tours are scheduled at Nestle’s Dreyer’s ice cream, plant; Hilmar’s cheddar cheese plant; Land O’Lakes’ butter plant; Leprino’s mozzarella plant; and Dean Foods’ and Crystal Creamery’s fluid milk plants.


Welcome the MPS Class of 2015!

2014 MPS New Class
Cal Poly welcomes 2015 MPS students

A new cohort of 17 students participated in Cal Poly’s MPS in Dairy Products Technology orientation event on Thursday.

The annual event included a luncheon, guest speakers, and a facility tour. The event also served as an opportunity for students to begin developing relationships with industry partners who could offer internships and employment down the road.

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong welcomed students and industry sponsors and pledged the university’s support of the MPS program. University Provost Kathleen Enz Finken and CAFES Dean Andy Thulin also addressed the gathering. Leprino Foods Senior Vice President Jason Eckert spoke on behalf of the MPS program’s industry advisory council.

This year’s 17 students represent a more than three-fold increase over the program’s inaugural class of five students. The students represent six states (California, Oregon, Florida, New York, Iowa, Idaho) and three countries (China, India, and the U.S.)

Members of this year’s class completed their undergraduate studies at the following universities:

  • University of California – Davis
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of California – Irvine
  • Chico State University
  • Cornell University
  • Oregon State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Brigham Young University – Idaho
  • University of Florida
  • China Agriculture University
  • College of Dairy Technology, India

The MPS in Dairy Products Technology program is in its second year. The one-year professional Masters program was designed to train students with analytical degrees and critical thinking skills for leadership roles in the large-scale dairy processing industry.

The MPS program enjoys enthusiastic support from a dedicated group of industry advisors, who meet quarterly to offer program guidance; provide tours of their facilities and guest lectures to students; and offer student internships and employment opportunities. Industry participants present at the event represented:

  • Leprino Foods
  • Hilmar Cheese Company
  • Kraft Foods
  • Dean Foods
  • Schreiber Foods
  • Land O’Lakes
  • Tetra Pak
  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • Foster Farms