Personal Care Science


The goal of the MBS Personal Care Science concentration is to educate students in the essential skills and tools relevant to the Personal Care (Cosmetic), Consumer Health Products, Pharmaceutical and Speciality Chemical industries. Students will be taught the fundamentals and applications of personal care chemistry, food science, process engineering and science and will receive training in finance and accounting, marketing, communication and leadership, management of science and technology, ethics and entrepreneurship.

The objectives of this concentration are to:
1. Learn the fundamentals of cosmetic chemistry including: raw materials, bioactives, emulsions, hair biology and function, skin biology and function
2. Gain an appreciation of national and international regulatory guidelines, testing of raw and finished goods, and marketing aspects of personal care products

Related ConcentrationsDrug Discovery & DevelopmentBiomedical EngineeringFood ScienceChemistry

Employment Opportunities

Students with an MBS in Personal Care Science can find work in many personal care product companies as well as labs.

For more information on jobs in demand and the skills employers are looking for, see the links below: 

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Program in Personal Care Science is based on careful evaluation of scholastic record, letters of recommendation, and performance on the Graduate Record Examinations. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English unless the official language of their country is English – TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test) or 213 (computer based test). International students (and students from Puerto Rico) must also submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Students whose undergraduate degrees are in a field other than chemistry must take undergraduate core organic chemistry (307/308 and 311 or equivalent) and are recommended to take macromolecular courses during their first year with approval from the Director of Graduate Program. An undergraduate degree in Science, Engineering or Pharmacy, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected.

Course Descriptions

Program Requirements

  • For the MBS in Personal Care Science you are required to do 24 credits in Science Curriculum and 19 Credits in Business Curriculum.
    For Business Curriculum click here. For Science Curriculum see below.
  • 15 credits of Personal Care Science core courses 
  • 9 credits of Science elective courses (to be selected from established graduate courses – listing appended). 
  • Maintaining an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. 
  • Maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the core courses. 
  • Students receiving more than three (3) grades below B will be recommended for dismissal from the Graduate School. 
  • Take Intellectual Property Course as part of the business curriculum (mandatory). 
  • Take Project management as a business elective (recommended).


There are 5 core courses and 3 electives. The following 2 courses are mandatory:

Choose 3 remaining core courses from the following list:

  • 16:400:612 Introduction to Colloid and Interface Science (3)
  • 16:400:515 Principles of Food Process Engineering I (3) or, 16:155:541 Pharmaceutical Materials Engineering (3)
  • 16:137:510 Drug Development from Concept to Market(3) (Fall)
  • 16:720:523 Dermaceutics (3)
  • 16:137:572 Fragrance Applications in Personal Care Science (3) (Fall) 
  • 11:680:494  Applied Microbiology
  • 11:115:422 Biochemical Mechanisms of Toxicology (3) 
  • 16:160:509 Organic Chemistry of High Polymers (3)
  • 16:400:513 Food Chemistry Fundamentals (3)
  • 16:137:582 Fundamentals of Regulatory Affairs (3) (Spring)
  • 22:799:692 Supply Chain Management Strategies (Spring)
       16:137:602 Sustainability: Supply Chain Management Green Purchasing (Fall)

Mandatory Business Curriculum:

Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Matthew Sills

For general questions related to admission into the program, please mail your queries to: