Personal Care Science (Online)


The goal of the MBS Personal Care Science concentration is to educate students in the essential skills and tools relevant to the Personal Care Science (Cosmetic) industry. Students will learn the fundamentals and applications of personal care chemistry and formulation – including raw materials, bioactives, emulsions, hair biology, skin biology and function - with opportunities to take courses in fragrances, regulatory affairs, sustainability and colloid chemistry. Students will also develop skills in finance and accounting, marketing, communication and leadership, management of science and technology, ethics and entrepreneurship.

This online concentration is intended for out-of-state students only. Online students cannot take courses in-class. Out-of-state students should apply to this online concentration in their application.
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.

Program Requirements

For the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students take 24 credits in the sciences and 19 credits in business.

The On-Site Residency is mandatory for all online students, including out-of-state students. Click here for more information.

I.  Business Courses

A total of 19 credits are required in the business curriculum. Six courses are required - all but one of the courses are for 3 credits each. Descriptions of the required Business Courses can be found here:

Required Business Courses:

16:137:502 Principles of Communication and Professional Development (3) (Summer)

16:137:530 Principles of Accounting and Finance for Science and Technology (3) (Spring)

16:137:507 Market Assessment and Analysis for Business and Science  (3) (Summer)

16:137:500 Ethics in Science and Technology Management  (1) (Fall, Spring)

16:137:600 Science and Technology Management Capstone  (3) (Spring)

16:137:501 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (3) (Summer)

Optional Business Courses:

16:137:650/651/652 (F, S, Su)  Project Management (3) (Spring)

16:137:575 Food and Business Innovation (3) (Summer)

II.  Science Courses

A total of 24 credits are required in the Science curriculum. Descriptions of the Science Courses can be found here:

Required courses:

16:137:570 Fundamentals of Personal Care Science (Fall)

16:137:571 Product Development & Formulations for Personal Care Science (3) (Spring)

Suggested Elective Courses:

16:137:572 Fragrance Applications in Personal Care Science (3) (Fall)

16:400:612 Introduction to Colloid and Interface Science (3) (Fall)

16:137:510 Drug Development from Concept to Market (3) (Fall)

16:137:577 Current Regulation and Standards for Foods and Cosmetics in Domestic and International Trade (3) (Fall)

16:137:602 Sustainability: Supply Chain Management Green Purchasing (3) (Spring)

16:137:579 Global Food Supply & Quality Management (3) (Spring)

16:400:530 Advanced Food Sensory Science (3)

Chemistry of Food and Natural Products (3cr)

Course Descriptions

Program Timeline (for online students only)

*These are suggested electives. More suggested electives can be found here. Please work with your advisor for other possibilities.

Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Matthew Sills

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

-- Unsure if you’re a good fit? Attend one of our online or in-person information sessions or set up an appointment with an advisor.