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Master of Dairy Technology Management

Program Overview

Dairy processing is a growing industry worldwide with increasingly complex global supply chains.

Scientific and technological advances offer new approaches to dairy processing and product formulation. In this dynamic context, effective technology management is critical to enhance the quality, efficiency, food safety, traceability, and sustainability of dairy products across the globe. The MDTM will help you integrate scientific, economic and business knowledge and information to make effective technology management decisions.

The fully online course-based Master of Dairy Technology Management (MDTM) is a professionally oriented master’s program, which focuses on applications of scientific, economic, and business management knowledge as it applies to the dairy industry.

An interdisciplinary program that blends three overarching competencies:

  1. Dairy Science and Technology
  2. Management of Operations, Food Safety Systems and Quality Assurance
  3. Market and Technology Assessment

This program is for you if:

  • You are passionate about management and innovation in dairy processing.
  • You are keen to enhance the knowledge gained in a professional career.
  • You want to tap into the knowledge, expertise and research of world class faculty at Canada’s Dairy University.
  • You have proven competency in undergraduate science coursework or equivalent industry experience
Combining academic excellence & industry perspective to educate future leaders of the Global Dairy Sector

If you are either currently employed and looking to advance your career or are seeking employment in the rapidly growing dairy sector.

This unique, course-based program deepens your scientific knowledge of dairy processing and develops skills for operations management and technology assessment in the global dairy sector.

Full-time students complete the program in one year (or three semesters).

  • The first semester emphasizes the science foundations of dairy products and processing.
  • The second expands on operations management and technology assessment in dairy processing and distribution.
  • The program concludes with a project in the third semester.

Part-time admission is also available, typically with one course completed each semester.

We encourage applications from members of equity-seeking groups, including those who self-identify as women, visible minorities or Indigenous peoples.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to this program must meet the admission requirement of a baccalaureate in an honours program (or equivalent) in a relevant field of study from a recognized university or college with a minimal overall average of 70%(B-) in the last four semesters or 16 to 20 credits (typically the last 2 years) of study. International applicants: please use this guide to compare your academic credentials and determine the grade equivalency needed.

Applicants will be expected to have completed undergraduate courses that prepare them for participation in the program. Undergraduate upgrading prior to applying may be necessary to ensure sufficient background.

Successful applicants must also meet U of G's English Proficiency requirements for admission. If an applicant’s first language is not English, an English Language Proficiency test will be required.

Note that this program is predominantly a self-funded professional program. As such, students need to be prepared to cover the full costs of the program.

Application Requirements

All applications will be received and reviewed by the MDTM Program Committee and will be evaluated based on:

  • Academic performance in a relevant field of study*
  • Minimum B- admission average - Calculating Your Admission Average  
  • two (2) referee assessments
  • a statement of interest in the program and/or career goals
  • and any work experience in appropriate and related fields

*You are still eligible to apply if you have an honours degree in an unrelated field of study but have taken courses in related areas and/or gained relevant work experience since completing the degree.

International Applicants

We welcome applications from international students however we encourage you to apply well in advance of the posted deadlines to allow sufficient time to arrange for any necessary documentation ie. transcripts.

If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Studies website for the required English Language Proficiency acceptable tests and required scores.

In addition to the above admission requirements, please see the below helpful resources for applying at the University of Guelph as an international graduate student:

Program Start: September Entry Only

Application Deadline:

Applications will be accepted until July 31st 

How to Apply

A faculty advisor is not required to apply for this course-based graduate program.

Supplemental Documentation Requirement

Statement of interest in the program along with any resume or CV details you wish to include.

Program Structure

The program has seven required courses, each with 0.50 credits, totaling 3.50 credits.

Full-time Option:

Term Course Code Notes
Fall: September - December

Dairy Chemistry and Microbiology

Principles of Food Safety and Quality Assurance

International Food Industry and Policy Analysis






The term emphasis is on the science foundation of dairy products and processing.
Winter: January - April

Dairy Products and Processes


Assessment of Food and Agricultural Technologies

Operations Management in the Agri-Food Sector






The term emphasis is on operations management and technology assessment in dairy processing and distribution.
Summer: May - August Dairy Technology Management Project FOOD*6020 The program concludes with a capstone case study project course.


Part-time Option

Students have the flexibility to enroll part-time, taking 1-2 courses per semester.

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Coordinator

Andreas Boecker, Associate Professor & Chair of the Dept. of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics,

Graduate Program Assistant

Robin Verral,

Program Statistics

Master of Dairy Technology Management (MDTM)
Course-based master's program
Part-time enrollment available
Number of years to complete
Collaborative program combining several disciplines
First of its kind
Last updated: October 19, 2022 12:56 EDT