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 with an MBS in Personal Care Science can find work in many personal care product companies as well as labs.
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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.
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:
- 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, Negotiation) (3cr)
II. Science Courses
There are 5 core courses and 3 electives. The following 2 core 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:
- 16:137:572 Fragrance Applications in Personal Care Science (3Cr) (Fall)
- 16:137:577 Current Regulation and Standards for Foods and Cosmetics in Domestic and International Trade (3cr) (Fall)
- 16:137:573 Personal Care Science Applied Laboratory (3Cr) (Summer)
- 16:400:612 Introduction to Colloid and Interface Science (3Cr) (Fall)
- 16:137:510 Drug Development from Concept to Market(3) (Fall)
- 11:680:494 Applied Microbiology
- 16:160:509 Organic Chemistry of High Polymers (3Cr)
- 11:115:422 Biochemical Mechanisms of Toxicology (3Cr)
- 16:400:513 Food Chemistry Fundamentals (3Cr) (Fall)
- 16:137:603 Dermaceutics (3Cr)
- 22:799:692 Supply Chain Management Strategies (3Cr) (Spring) OR 16:137:554 Fundamentals of Sustainability (3Cr) (Fall) OR 16:137:602 Sustainability: Supply Chain Management Green Purchasing
Dr. Beth Ann Murphy
Life Sciences Coordinator
For general questions related to admission into the program, please mail your queries to: email@example.com