Personal Care Science (In Person)


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.

Students who apply to the In-Person concentration can take both in-class and online courses​. If you are interested in our Online Personal Care Science concentration option, click here

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:

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

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

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

Ethics in Science and Technology Management (16:137:500) (1cr)

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

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

and one business elective (e.g. Project Management, Organizational Behavior) (3cr)

II.  Science Courses

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

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

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

Choose 3 remaining core courses from the following list:

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

§  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)

§  16:137:603  Personal Care Science Applied Laboratory (3) (Summer)

§  16:137:603 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) (Fall)

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

Note: This new course is recommended for Personal Care Science students, rather than 16:137:582 Fundamentals of Regulatory Affairs (3) (Spring)

§  22:799:692 Supply Chain Management Strategies (3) (Spring) or, 16:137:554 Fundamentals of Sustainability (3) (Fall)

Course Descriptions and Electives

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.