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 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

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. 

The On-Site Residency is mandatory for all online students, including out-of-state students. For students in our fully online program, we have an on-campus "residency" for the capstone presentation. During this time, you will be coming to campus for a 2-day visit during the capstone presentation. We cover the costs of the hotel stay (not travel). 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:

Optional 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 courses:

Suggested Elective Courses:

Course Descriptions

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)

Click here to view course descriptions.

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.