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