The Graduate Certificate (GC) program is designed for those currently employed in the cosmetic and personal care industries, or those interested in employment in this field, who wish to obtain additional focused training in sciences specific to cosmetic and personal care products without the commitment required for a full graduate degree.
The GC provides “stand-alone” demonstration of such training, but can also be an entrée into the Master's Degree (MS). Students who successfully complete the GC program with a 3.0 or higher GPA are not required to submit a GRE test score when subsequently applying to the MS program.
Program Requirements and Timing
- The GC requires completion of twelve (12) semester credit hours of study. Two required courses, Skin Care Science (PCEU 8010 – 3 cr. hr.) and Introduction to Colloid, Surface and Membrane Science (PCEU 6020 - 2 cr. hr.) cover one-half of the required number of credit hours.
- The remaining courses may be selected from any of the other courses offered online (see Course Offerings) with the exception of the Cosmetic Project courses (preparation and completion of the MS Capstone Project) which are limited to MS students.
- The GC may be completed in one calendar year (three semesters including summer semester). However, depending upon the elective courses and the semester course load selected by the student, four semesters is more typical. View course offerings and a sample course plan.
- All credits earned in completion of the GC may be applied to the MS program if the student elects to apply to the latter (up to a maximum of 15 credit hours).
**Please note that the Graduate Certificate is not eligible for federal financial aid.