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MS Packaging Value Chain

Applications for Winter 2019 are now being accepted.
Deadline for Winter 2019 is November 1, 2018.

Fall 2019 applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2018
Priority application deadline for Fall 2019: February 1, 2019
Final application deadline for Fall 2019: April 1, 2019

MS Packaging Value Chain Application Details

  • Application Deadline
  • Prerequisites
  • Application Requirements
  • Program Costs

Applications are accepted from October 1 through April 1. All applications and supplemental items must be received by April 1.

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

We accept applications for fall quarter admission only.

A list of helpful hints for completing the online application can be found HERE.


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 GPA of 2.5, on a 4-point U.S.A. scale, in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) 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.

The application is completed and submitted via the Cal State Apply web site. A non-refundable fee of $55 (USD) is required.

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):

Copies of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities are to be uploaded onto the application.

In addition, official transcripts need to be mailed to:

Cal Poly Admissions Office
1 Grand AVE
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0031

Cal Poly will accept transcripts received via Parchment. If your school is registered with Parchment, please select Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as your institution and your transcripts will be sent directly to us.

If your institution provides certified electronic transcripts through a provider other than Parchment, please have those transcripts sent directly from your institution to

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 2018-2019, excluding books, room and board, other personal expenses, and any applicable administrative fees. Fees are estimates and are subject to change. (Updated 3/20/18)

Admissions Deadlines

Application Period for Fall 2019 Opens

Oct 1, 2018

Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2019

Feb 1, 2019

Final Application Deadline for Fall 2019

Apr 1, 2019


Admissions FAQs

What does the term “packaging value chain” mean?

The term packaging value chain refers to the network of interconnected businesses and their value...

What is the vision of the M.S. Packaging Value Chain program?

The M.S. Packaging Value Chain program is devoted to the advancement of knowledge and to...

Where would M.S Packaging Value Chain degree and Certificate graduates find a fit in the industry?

Industries: Product manufacturers, brands, packaging manufacturers, 3PLs, transportation companies, military – civilian jobs, military contractors,...


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