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Program Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Science

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 (PCEU8010 – 3 cr. hr.) and Cosmetic Formulation I:  Basic Science (PCEU8020 - 3 cr. hr.), provide one-half of this requirement. 
  • 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 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 an example of a plan of study
  • 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).

Admission Requirements

  • 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) 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. 
  • Entrance requirements also include letters of recommendation (three are preferred) and CV/resume.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the GC are accepted year-round. The application deadlines are as follows: Fall Semester - August 15; Spring Semester - December 15; Summer Semester - April 15.

Master of Science in Cosmetic Science

The MS program is also designed for those currently employed in the cosmetic or personal care industry, or interested in employment in this field. The MS program provides a broader and deeper training in sciences specific to cosmetic and personal care products and this offers more flexibility and increased opportunities for career advancement.

Program Requirements and Timing

  • The MS Program requires completion of thirty (30) semester credit hours of study.  Required courses constitute eighteen (18) of the total credit hours and include completion of a Capstone Project which requires an oral presentation/defense in Cincinnati. 
  • The remaining courses may be selected from any of the other courses offered online. Course Offerings lists currently available courses with semester offered. Additional course offerings are under development in the areas of pharmacology principles of cosmetic of personal care products, safety assessment of cosmetics and personal care products, and consumer evaluations.
  • The MS program may be completed in approximately seven to eight semesters from matriculation if a student averages two (2) classes per semester. We realize that many students will not be able to complete the program at this rate but University regulations require students to complete the program within five (5) years of matriculation unless there are extenuating circumstances. 

Admission Requirements

  • 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. 
  • A minimum GRE test score of 290 (145/145/3.0) is required unless the applicant has successfully completed a graduate degree from an accredited institution. 
  • A Test of English Language (TOEFL) minimum 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. 
  • Students who successfully complete the GC program with a minimum 3.0 GPA are also eligible to apply for the MS Program irrespective of the above requirements.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the MS are accepted year-round. The application deadlines are as follows: Fall Semester - August 15; Spring Semester - December 15; Summer Semester - April 15.

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