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MS Packaging Value Chain

Fall 2023 Application Period:
International Applicants: October 1, 2022 to April 1, 2023
Domestic Applicants: October 1, 2022 to June 1, 2023
Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

MS Packaging Value Chain Application Details

  • Application Deadline
  • Prerequisites
  • Application Requirements
  • Program Costs
Fall 2023 Application Period:

International Applicants: October 1, 2022 to April 1, 2023
Domestic Applicants: October 1, 2022 to June 1, 2023
Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

All applications and supplemental items must be received by the deadline.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and you are encouraged to submit your materials as soon as possible.

*Please note that program availability varies by state. Click here for more information.


Prior to the program start date, an applicant must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association. The degree must be in packaging or a related field.


A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (based on a 4.0 U.S.A. scale) with particular emphasis placed on the last 90 quarter units (60 semester units) is required to apply.

Meeting the minimum may not be sufficient to obtain admission. The program is competitive and most successful applicants will have a GPA above 3.0.


To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least one college level course in each of the following subject: physics, chemistry (including organic chemistry), statistics, and calculus.

English Proficiency for International Students:
International applicants are required to submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) in order to apply. The exam must have been taken within the last two years and a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS is required. Most successful applications will have qualification better than the minimum.

Cal Poly is temporarily accepting scores from Duolingo​. ​​​​​​Undergraduate and graduate students who are required to demonstrate English proficiency can make use of this expanded policy or submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, if they are available. A Duolingo score of 115 will meet Cal Poly’s current standard.

More information can be found HERE

The application is completed and submitted via the Cal State Apply web site. A non-refundable fee of $70 (USD) is required.

*Please note that program availability varies by state. Click here for more information.

On Cal State Apply you will submit each of the required items listed below:

Statement of purpose:

Summarize your career objectives, experience and reason for interest in this degree program


A resume including education, employment, extracurricular/community activities, publications, if any, and memberships

Letter of recommendation:

Two (2) confidential letters from a professor or manager/supervisor

Test scores:

International applicants must also provide either a TOEFL or IELTS score. Official score reports must be sent to institution code 4038. At this time, GRE/GMAT scores are not required for the MS Packaging program.

Undergraduate transcript(s):
When to Submit Transcripts
Graduate applicants must send official transcripts (from degree granting institution), including work in progress course work by the application deadline. Transcripts must be sent directly from your former institution.

Once selected, Cal Poly will also need your final transcripts that includes your graduation date as soon as possible in order to certify your enrollment and allow you to register for classes.

International Transcripts
If any of your education was completed outside of the U.S. and the transcript is not in English, your official transcripts must be submitted in the native language accompanied by a certified English translation. The translator must be certified by one of the following:

  • Institute for International Education (IIE)
  • United States embassy or consulate

International transcripts may also need an independent evaluation of the international credentials . If this is required, you must pay the cost of the evaluation.

How to Submit Transcripts
Cal Poly will accept electronic transcripts via the following:

  • Parchment
  • Docufide
  • Naviance
  • National Student Clearing House
  • eScript-Safe
  • Military Services

If your institution provides certified electronic transcripts through another service, have those transcripts sent directly from your institution to

You may also send official transcripts by mail to:
Cal Poly
Transcript Processing
MC 1001
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Note: Official transcripts are not needed from students who received their undergraduate degree from Cal Poly and have not attended any other colleges or universities since their graduation from Cal Poly.

The tuition and registration fees for this program are $28,000 for academic year 2022-2023, excluding books, room and board, other personal expenses, and any applicable administrative fees. Fees are estimates and are subject to change.

Admissions Deadlines

Application Period for Fall 2023 Opens

Oct 1, 2022

Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2023

Feb 1, 2023

Application Deadline for Fall 2023 (International Applicants)

Apr 1, 2023

Application Deadline for Fall 2023 (Domestic Students)

Jun 1, 2023


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