Personal Care Science (Online/Hybrid)

Overview

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.

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.

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:

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)

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

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

16:137:651 Project Management (3) (Spring)

II.  Science Courses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

16:137:603 Global Food Supply & Quality Control (3) (Spring)

Course Descriptions

 

Program Timeline

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

 

Courses

Fall 1 Spring 1 Sum 1 Fall 2 Spring 2 Sum 2 Fall 3 Spring 3
  Science Courses
16:137:570 Fundamentals of PCS (3)                
16:137:577 Current Regulations & Standards for Food & Cosmetics (3)                
16:137:571 Product Development & Formulation for PCS (3)                
16:137:572 Fragrance Applications for PCS (3)                
16:137:510 Drug Development Concepts (3)                
tbd Elective                
16:137:501 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (3)                
16:400:612 Intro Colloid & Interface Science (3)                
  Business Courses
16:137:500 Ethics for Science and Technology Management (1)                
16:137:530 Principles of Finance and Accounting (3)                
16:137:507 Marketing Assessment (3)                
16:137:502 Principles of Communication and Professional Development (3)                
16:137:650 Project Management (3)                
16:137:575 Food and Business Innovation (3)                
16:137:600 Science and Technology Management Capstone (3)                
  Credits 7 6 6 6 6 6 3 3

Electives include: Sustainability: Supply Chain Management Green Purchasing (16:137:602); Global Food Supply & Quality Management (16:137:603)

 

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

 

Courses

Spring 1 Sum 1 Fall 1 Spring 2 Sum 2 Fall 2 Spring 2
Science Courses
tbd Elective (3)              
16:137:570 Fundamentals of PCS (3)              
16:137:577 Current Regulations & Standards for Food & Cosmetics (3)              
16:137:571 Product Development & Formulation for PCS (3)              
16:137:501 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (3)              
16:137:572 Fragrance Applications in PCS (3)              
16:400:612 Intro Colloid & Interface Science (3)              
  Business Courses
16:137:500 Ethics for Science and Technology Management (1)              
16:137:530 Principles of Finance and Accounting (3)              
16:137:507 Marketing Assessment (3)              
16:137:502 Principles of Communication and Professional Development (3)              
16:137:650 Project Management (3)              
16:137:575 Food and Business Innovation (3)              
16:137:600 Science and Technology Management Capstone (3)              
  Credits 7 6 6 6 6 6 6

Electives include: Sustainability: Supply Chain Management Green Purchasing (16:137:602); Global Food Supply & Quality Management (16:137:603)

Concentration Coordinators

Dr. Matthew Sills
msills@docs.rutgers.edu

For general questions related to admission into the program, please mail your queries to: psminfo@docs.rutgers.edu

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