BS-MS (4+1) in Cosmetic Science Program

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BS-MS (4+1) Program in Cosmetic Science

The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy and the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Cincinnati have jointly developed a new 4 + 1 program in which a student can graduate with a BS degree in Chemistry or Biology and a Master of Science in Cosmetic Science in a total of 5 years. This accelerated dual degree program has been made possible since students can begin to take some cosmetic science relevant courses during their undergraduate years. This program also includes a Co-op for the undergraduate students during their junior and senior years. The MS Cosmetic Science portion of the program is essentially an online program.

Benefits of the dual degree program with BS in Chemistry or Biology and MS in Cosmetic Science: 

  • Cosmetic Science is an interdisciplinary area. It is grounded in multiple pure science areas. These include, but are not limited to bioscience, materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering and colloid science. It also is grounded in toxicology regulatory awareness, clinical, and consumer and measurement science. Applied disciplines such as statistical methods and project management are also important for this field.
  • Traditional programs do not bring together such a diverse group of disciplines required to support the needs of quality education for the cosmetic and personal care industry. The graduate program in Cosmetic Science at the University of Cincinnati covers a wide variety of cosmetic and personal care relevant subjects under one umbrella. It powerfully offers and trains students to be the future quality scientists and industry leaders in the field.
  • When entering the job market, students graduating with our dual degree will have an edge over those with degrees in pure sciences such as chemistry or biology alone.
  • Companies will have to spend less time, money and effort in training their new hires from our Cosmetic Science program as they are industry-ready on day one.

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