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.

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 who have completed undergraduate degrees in a field other than chemistry must have completed 2 semesters of organic chemistry. 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

To earn the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students need to complete 24 credits in the sciences and 19 credits in business. In addition, students must attend 12 colloquium events to qualify for graduation. 

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:

Suggested Business Electives:

II.  Science Courses

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

Required Science Courses:

Suggested Science Electives:

Program Timeline (for online students only)

Personal Care Science (PCS):  Example of Online Course Plan (Fall start)

Personal Care Science (PCS):  Example of Online Course Plan (Spring start)

Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Beth Ann Murphy
Life Sciences Coordinator

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.