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

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?


  • 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