MPS Program Recruits Veterans Through Virtual Fair

careerecoCal Poly’s MPS in Dairy Products Technology program will participate today in the Veteran’s Grad School Virtual Fair, a virtual recruiting event designed to connect veterans with graduate schools that participate in the Post-911 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program.

More than 250 veterans are expected to participate in the virtual fair and will have the opportunity to communicate with 83 graduate programs registered for the event. The MPS program welcomes veterans, and many of the program’s industry partners prioritize veterans in their hiring initiatives due to the practical skills, maturity, and leadership experience gained through military service.

Cal Poly is a participant in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, which pays all in-state tuition and fee charges at public schools and tuition and fees not to exceed a national cap at private schools. Out-of-state students and those attending private schools may receive additional funds to help cover unmet costs under the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The Yellow Ribbon Program was established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows institutions of higher learning (such as colleges, universities, and other degree-granting schools) to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Grad School Virtual Fair is operated by CareerEco, a virtual recruiting platform and talent community for jobseekers, prospective graduate students, academic institutions, and employers who leverage the power of technology and embrace innovation in order to accomplish their professional and academic goals.

For more information about the fair, visit

Information about the MPS in Dairy Products Technology program can be found at

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Tom Johnson. Program Manager
MPS in Dairy Products Technology
(970) 215-3459 cell

MPS Application Period Opens Today

acceptingThe application period for the 2017-2018 class of Cal Poly’s MPS in Dairy Products Technology program opens today, October 1. The program seeks 24 students to begin the program in Fall 2017.

The MPS program utilizes a rolling admission process, whereby applicants are evaluated and notified about admission status throughout the application period. Applicants will have until April 1, 2017 to submit their online applications, and until May 1, 2017 to complete their application files.

In order to apply, applicants must submit:

  • Online application, including statement of purpose at
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (including summer/community colleges)
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • resume
  • GRE scores (subject test scores are not required)
  • International students must submit TOEFL or EILTS scores unless their most recent degree was taught in English

Official transcripts from ALL colleges previously attended (except Cal Poly), should be sent directly from the applicant’s university to Cal Poly’s Admissions Office. If the applicant’s university supports electronic transcript submission, transcripts can be emailed to: Mailed transcripts should be sent to Admissions, California Polytechnic State University, 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Official GRE scores should also be sent to Cal Poly’s Admissions office. Scores may also be sent directly to Cal Poly using institution code 4038.

In addition, all applicants must establish an Interfolio account, where unofficial transcripts and GRE scored will be uploaded. Applicants will receive a prompt upon submission of their online applications.

More information about the application process can be found at

Questions about the application process should be directed to Program Manager Tom Johnson at (970) 215-3459 or

Cal Poly’s Master of Professional Studies in Dairy Products Technology program trains students with scientific, engineering, food, and agricultural backgrounds for leadership and management roles in the international dairy foods industry. This innovative, one-year master’s degree program includes coursework in dairy chemistry, dairy microbiology, plant management, project management, leadership, sustainability, and other areas critical to effective dairy plant management. Students complete nine months of coursework, on campus in San Luis Obispo, followed be a three-month paid internship with one of the program’s industry partners. Our partners include Land O Lakes, Starbucks, Tillamook, Kraft, Leprino, Hilmar, Dean Foods, DFA, and others. No dairy or food experience is required. Starting salaries for our graduates average $65,000-75,000.

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Tom Johnson. Program Manager
MPS in Dairy Products Technology
(970) 215-3459 cell