What will I learn?

Managing the milk.

Dairy products - such as milk, butter and cheese - are an important part of the American diet, and they play a critical role in the global agriculture economy.

This program focuses on the efficient production of high-quality dairy products. You will learn all aspects of milk production, from the physiology of lactation to the management of a modern dairy. Explore animal nutrition and reproduction, dairy production and manufacturing, farm management, and other topics.

Much of your education will take place in the on-campus labs and animal centers, where you might learn how to maximize the value of retail cuts or explore pregnancy rates and grazing management systems. You could also help care for more than 100 milking Holsteins at the university’s dairy research and teaching center.

This program could be a good fit if you:

  • Are interested in the dairy industry
  • Enjoy working with livestock
  • Have strong leadership and communication skills
  • Are involved in 4-H or other agriculture-related activities

Career outcomes:

With this degree, you could become a/an:

  • Production manager
  • Business owner
  • Ranch manager
  • Research technician
  • Sales representative
  • Marketing director
  • Consultant
  • Analyst

Which department am I in?

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$27,840.00 per year
Start date

12 January 2022, 22 August 2022


University of Idaho

875 Perimeter Drive,



83844, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A 2.5 on a 4.0 Grade Point Average scale is required from your secondary school. You must meet criteria for admission to university-level study in your home country.

For international students

Students must have 2.5 on a 4.0 GPA scale is required from secondary school. They must meet criteria for admission to university level study in home country. They should also satisfy the following English language requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 525 on the paper test or 70 on the Internet-based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.0
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic score of 48
  • ELS Language Centers, pass of Level 112
  • Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English), pass
  • Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), pass
  • Cambridge International "O" Levels, pass
  • English proficiency demonstration is waived for any applicant who has a previous degree at an accredited U.S. institution

Priority Application Dates – Fall: May 1; Spring: October 1; Summer: March 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.