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).
- Applicants must have an undergraduate or graduate degree in a science-related program of study from an accredited college or university and a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Those with a non-science degree should have at least one course in biology or related field, organic chemistry, and calculus. If credentials are less than required for admission, an applicant may seek provisional admission status, which is granted at the discretion of the Program Director.
- A Test of English Language (TOEFL) score of >90 is required of all applicants whose native language is other than English. This requirement is waived for those whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in the United States or other nation having English as the official language.
- Application requirements also include letters of recommendation (three are preferred) and CV/resume.
The Online Graduate Certificate program has an ongoing admissions process and applications are accepted for any start term (Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Summer Semester).
Application deadlines are as follows:
- Fall Semester - August 15
- Spring Semester - December 15
- Summer Semester - April 15
**Please note that the Graduate Certificate is not eligible for federal financial aid.