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Dairy Technology is a trending technology which has been carried out over the last 50 years in India for the services of dairy products, their handling and processing along with the storage, monitoring and transportation. This course has been designed to meet the growing needs in the fields of livestock, dairy plant maintenance and marketing as well as quality control.

To be eligible in this course the candidate has to be of Science background and a minimum of 50% in the graduate and 12th level but this might also vary from institute to institute. The duration of the course in general is 2 years and is available in both full time and correspondence course.

The tuition fee for this course varies from INR 20,000 to 30,000 depending on the institution. In terms of salary the dairy technology professionals receive a decent package in public as well as in private sectors. The starting salary varies from INR 20,000 to 25,000 and may go as high as 40,000 to 60,000 depending on the job profile.

Top Colleges for Master of Science [M.Sc] (Dairy Technology)

  • M.Sc (Agriculture) in Delhi-NCR
  • M.Sc (Agriculture) in Maharashtra
  • M.Sc (Agriculture) in Chennai
  • M.Sc (Agriculture) in Uttar Pradesh
  • M.Sc (Agriculture) in Telangana

Highlights of MSc. Dairy Technology

Eligibility for the ProgramMinimum 50% in Bachelor’s Degree and 10+2 from Science stream
Duration of the Program2 Years
Top RecruitersAmul, Mother dairy, Nestle, Vadilal, Reliance, Metro Dairy, ITC (food division), Heinz, COMPFED(Sudha) and GCMMF
Average Tuition FeeINR 25,000 to INR 30,000 p.a. 
Average Salary Package for Entry Level Positions3 Lakh to 4 Lakh p.a.
Top PositionsSales Executive Retail, Corporate Sales Manager, Sales Manager Retail, Production Manager, Quality Control Executive Manager, Product Development Executive, Marketing Manager

What is MSc. in Dairy Technology course all about?

The main objective of this course is to teach the students the application of science and technology in dairy and related biological systems. Dairy technology is to bring about the entrepreneur skills of the students to propagate knowledge. A major portion of this course revolves around storage, handling, planning, removing of harmful toxins, designing the products and the correct method of the dissipation of the products. It also includes the study of applied science for animal nutrition.


The course duration is of 3 years for the graduates in science subjects and of 2 years for the students who have under-graduated a 4-year professional degree. Those with a 3-year degree have to undergo the pre-requisite courses which are decided by the Board of Studies.

The course is also available as a distant education with correspondence materials regarding the subjects. It is generally of 2 years but may vary from college to college.

Who should Opt for MSc. in Dairy Technology Course?

The students having an enthusiasm towards Dairy Technology can opt for this course or the students who want to start their own small scale business in milk products or the students deciding to work as consultants can opt for this course. The students can also go in the blooming field of research or even take up teaching after having received the P.G. degree.


The students opting for this degree should have at least 50% in their Bachelor’s Degree and their 12th from Science stream from a recognized Board.

Top Institutes Offering M.Sc. in Dairy technology

Some of the institutes offering M.Sc. in Dairy Technology are given below:

Name of the InstitutesCityAverage Fees
Anand Agricultural University (AAU)GujaratINR 25,000
Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and technologyUttar PradeshINR 28,000
National Dairy Research Institute-NDRIHaryanaINR 30,000
Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Technology and Sciences-SHIATSUttar PradeshINR 30,000
The Gandhigram Rural InstituteTamil NaduINR 25,000
West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery SciencesKolkataINR 26,000

M.Sc. in Dairy Technology Admission Procedure

Students can obtain the application form directly from the concerned institute or through post in certain cases. They can even visit the respective institute’s official website and download the application form. After duly filling the form they can send it to the desired institute for further proceedings.

There are also a number of entrance examinations held throughout the year through which a student can get admission. There is a online/offline test, qualifying which he/she can go through a simple interview to obtain a seat. The student and has to attend the counseling procedure and the merit list is then prepared based on a particular institute’s cut-off.

List of Entrance Examinations

The candidates have to give one of the following entrance exam to get admission to MSc. in Dairy Technology: -

  1. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) entrance exam.
  2. All India Entrance Examination for Admission (ICAR AIEEA)
  3. Allahabad Agricultural Institute Deemed University-Master of Science (M.Sc.) Dairy Technology Entrance Exam.
  4. Anand Agricultural University Dairy Technology Entrance Examination
  5. Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University Dairy Technology Entrance Examination
  6. Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya Dairy Technology Entrance Examination
  7. Kerela Agricultural University Dairy Technology Entrance Examination
  8. Rajashthan Agricultural University Dairy Technology Entrance Examination
  9. West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination- WBJEE
  10. West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Science- Dairy Technology Entrance examination
  11. Baba Farid Institute of Technology Dairy Technology Entrance Examination
  12.  Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Exam

Scheme of Assessment

The students go through internals and semester exams. In addition to this the students are required to pay a visit to any dairy industry as a part of their curriculum and report back to the institution. Every student is also assigned a guide under whose guidance they have to prepare and submit their thesis report at the end of the second year.

MSc. in Dairy Technology Career Prospects

Dairy Technology plays a vital role in the agricultural economy of the country. The students pursuing this course from any certified and recognized institute have a vast scope. These trained entrepreneurs can work with NGOs and be leaders as rural educators and hence collaborating towards the dairy industry. Not to mention that Dairy industry is a major consumption industry in India and hence the skilled graduates can improvise the currently working practices in the industry.

Top Recruiting Companies

  • Amul
  • Mother dairy
  • Nestle
  • Vadilal
  • Reliance
  • Metro Dairy
  • ITC (food division)
  • Heinz
  • COMPFED(Sudha)

Candidates performing well get officer level jobs in the entry level. Some of the job profiles offered to the candidates are mentioned below:

Name of the postDescription
Dairy Plant Manager The duty of the plant manager is to provide administrative guidance in the plant.
Dairy Scientist Studies farm animals and crops and searches for new ways to improve their quality and volume. They evaluate and grade livestock or sell new technologies.
Head quality Control The primary responsibility of quality control managers is to ensure products meet quality and efficiency standards set by the company
Commodity Trading Manager the person in this position provides advice related to trade in future contracts of the dairy industry he/she is working in.
Dairy Technologist Dairy technologists study the chemical composition and properties of milk, yogurt, butter, ice cream and cheese.

Indicative Salaries in Dairy Technology are given in the table below:

RolesAverage Salary Per annum
Sales Executive RetailINR 3.4 lakhs 
Sales Manager RetailINR 7.3 lakhs
Corporate Sales ManagerINR 7.6 lakhs
Production ManagerINR 6.4 lakhs
Quality Control Executive ManagerINR 3.2 lakhs
Product Development ExecutiveINR 3.6 lakhs
Marketing ManagerINR 5.5 lakhs
Direct Marketing ExecutiveINR 3 lakhs
Assistant Marketing ManagerINR 4 lakhs

M.Sc. in Dairy Technology Syllabus

The required skills in the field of chemical, physical, biological and engineering and processing of milk products are well imparted to the students. The process of manufacturing, storage and transportation in dairy industry are educated.

Some of the common subjects which are common in most of the institutions offering this course are:

Dairy Farming and milkingConcept of Sociology.Theology of Dairy and Food processing
Animal NutritionGovernment’s initiative for dairy farmingDairy Process Biotechnology
Animal PhysiologyQuality control in dairy industryTraditional and value-added dairy products
Animal HusbandryDairy plant maintenanceMembrane Technology in Dairy processing
Dairy ScienceMarketing of dairy products Advanced Dairy and food packaging
Livestock production and managementAdvance Dairy ProcessingAlternative processes for the Dairy and food industries
Animal product technology and meat science poultry scienceAdvanced Food ProcessingFunctional Foods and new product development
Technology of food emulsions, foams and gelsMaster’s SeminarMaster’s research
Advances in Protein TechnologyProduct Monitoring and Process controlAdvances in Lipid Technology
R & D management in Dairy IndustryDoctoral Seminar 1Doctoral Seminar 2
Doctoral Research--

Academic Options after Masters in Dairy Technology

After obtaining a Master’s degree one can always opt for research in this field to maneuver the knowledge obtained. If interested the students can also opt for Ph.D in this field to enhance their skills​

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