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Is A Degree in Cosmetic Science Worthwhile?

Usually I write posts about science. But today, I’m going to get personal. I’ve either had too much coffee or am looking for new ways to avoid editing what will be the capstone of my MS in cosmetic sciencekellys_desk

I’m up late again. Sitting at my dining table to work because my desk is not big enough to handle my laptop, a myriad of books, and two three inch think binders worth of journal articles. My reference list has ballooned to over 100. And as I wearily approach completion of my second graduate degree, having worked full-time through both, I wonder, “Was is all worth it?”

Was it Worth it?

My academic pursuits began with a simple ideal. I wanted to have a career, not just a job. I also wanted to excel at that career. Being that the cosmetic industry is heavily marketing driven, I decided a business degree might be a good idea. Maybe someday I would cross over to the “dark side” and be a marketer myself, or maybe I could combine my technical skills with business skills to create what I still jokingly refer to as Kelly Cosmetics.

Benefits of an MBA

But my learning’s went far beyond marketing to managing technology development, understanding the R&D impact on supply chains, and how to navigate an organization to get things done. Group projects taught me about collaboration and presentations in nearly every class prepared me for public speaking. While it was tough studying something I knew very little about, moving out of my comfort zone allowed me to grow.

An Advanced Cosmetic Science degree

Not long after I finished the MBA, the University of Cincinnati put their cosmetic science program online. Perfect, I could also get an advanced degree that focused on my field without giving up my shoe habit!

Here’s where I went a little crazy. I could, when possible take as many classes as I wanted. And did I ever, 3 a quarter at times. Midway through the program I decided to make a move from Akron, OH to Cincinnati, OH and start a new job. I kept up the pace, while trying to also acclimate to a new city on my own, a city I knew nothing about and where the only person I knew I hadn’t seen since high school. As my responsibilities at the new job grew I began traveling, a lot. There were months where I wasn’t ever home a full week. I was pretty burnt out and my progress on schoolwork waned.

anything worth having is going to take some work

Finishing the journey

But here I sit, remembering why I started this journey and feeling a bit more invigorated. I gave up a lot of free time, definitely lost a lot of sleep, spent a lot of money on texts and software, not to mention that I ate way to much fast food. It’s was just plain hard to keep it all together. However, during this experience I learned that I’m much stronger than I thought and there’s no challenge I can’t take on if I really want it.

When I’m done I’ll have a much more diverse knowledge of my field and a stronger commitment to the science. I believe now more than ever, that anything worth having is going to take some work. And for me, the knowledge I gained about myself during the journey might be just as valuable as the information I learned in class.

More information

For more information about the Cosmetic Science Programs at the University of Cincinnati please visit http://pharmacy.uc.edu/programs/ms-phd.

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  • subha 08/14/2014, 10:37 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I’m currently doing bachelor’s in pharmacy(7th Sem). For sometime now, i’ve been inclined toward cosmetic science. I’ll be taking cosmetology as elective course in my final semester. You see, I belong to the Indian subcontinent and there are no institutions here with graduate program in cosmetic science. The universities in US look good but without a good deal of scholarship, they’re out of my league. Would you please suggest some universities in US as well as other places (skip UK). Also I am thinking about taking management/marketing course simultaneously so that both formulation and marketing areas are open to me. I’ll have to support myself and pay for my education on my own. I’ll need a job or jobs to do that. So, would taking 2 courses concurrently be too much to take? Also do you think that I could apply for jobs in the pharmacy field in US with my bachelor’s degree?
    Hoping to hear from you soon.

    • Kelly 08/18/2014, 9:32 am

      Hi Subha
      You should be able to apply for jobs with your bachelors degree. Sometimes an employer will pay for you to get an advanced degree while working and that may be an option for you.

  • Christen C 07/16/2014, 2:09 am

    Hi Kelly,

    Thank you for the insightful article. I am currently a licensed esthetician in California. I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree at a community college and will start chemistry classes this fall. My life goals are to continue working for myself and develop a sunscreen. I want to pursue my BS because I want to know all the why’s and how’s of ingredients, as opposed to sourcing a product. I have been a DIY person my whole life, so learning about chemistry from the beginning is incredibly intriguing to me. I am not excited about how long it will take though, as I have an associate degree in art, but have not started sciences yet. I also work almost full time. If I had the time and was younger (I am 31), I would go to Toledo and take their Pharm/Cos.Sci. undergrad course. Alas, I have to keep the business running and make a living, so that’s unfortunately not an option. Do you have any advice for what my options are? I was hoping to finish my BS in 5 years.

    Also, what do you think of people who create their own products without degrees? For me, earning my degree in cosmetics science means that I feel more trustworthy as a brand, and it symbolizes that I went above and beyond as an owner to really understand what the skin needs. I want to signify integrity/knowledge/trust, no doubts. The only thing that makes me cringe is the time it will take to get me there.

    Thank you for your thoughts.

    • Kelly Dobos 07/16/2014, 5:52 am

      Hi Christen,
      Taking on the course work for an advanced degree in cosmetic science is certainly a big time commitment. Many people do create products without degrees. One thing to note is that sunscreens are treated as an OTC drug by the FDA so there are limitations on the active ingredients and certain requirements for testing, etc. This type of product does require special attention in development.

  • clare 07/11/2014, 10:33 pm

    READ NOW! I NEED YOUR HELP!

    hi-
    I was wondering how long (years) it would take to get a degree (advanced) in cosmetic science (chemistry) on top of getting a 4 year bachelors degree? I am thinking about going to ohio state for four years and then doing a graduate program for cosmetic chemistry for either U of Cincinnati or possibly for the London college of fashion. how long would either of those programs take? thank you and please please please respond soon!

    • Kelly Dobos 07/14/2014, 11:01 am

      It would likely take 2-3 years to complete the masters program at UC. It really depends on the course load. Hope this helps. -Kelly

  • Tali 07/09/2014, 7:25 pm

    Hi Kelly-
    First of all I really appreciate all of the information you’re providing. Second- what kind of jobs am I looking at if I get a cosmetic science graduate degree? salaries? My ideal is to run a cosmetic lab. I know I would have to work up the totem pole for that but I don’t know anyone in the field, so I have no one to look to for advice. What kind of salary would I be looking at if I get a masters?

    Thanks
    Tali

  • Nelly 06/26/2014, 7:23 pm

    Hello I received a BS in Biotechnology and did some research on cosmetic science program. Would you consider masters or certificate? Also, with the online masters program did you have to go to the university for lab, rotations, etc. I live in the south. Thanks!

    • Kelly 06/27/2014, 10:24 am

      Hi Nelly
      The difference between the certificate and the distance learning masters is lack of a capstone paper so it takes less time to complete and there is some travel required for the masters program. I think it’s just two trips, one for a two day lab course and then to defend that capstone. Hope this helps!

  • chantelle 06/16/2014, 2:00 pm

    Hi
    I am in my final year of a pharmectical and biomedical degree. I want to work in cosmetic science oncevivhave finished my degree. I have done 6 months internship in a cosmetic company. I live in the uk and I am interested in pursuing a masters in cosmetic science. Would the online one at university of cincinati be beneficial to me. Have you any recommendations for my next step?
    Thank you in advance

  • Michelle 05/28/2014, 11:47 am

    Kelly,
    Thanks for providing all of this great information. I currently have a B.S in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Business Admin and will have my cosmetology certification within a few weeks. I currently formulate my own products and I am interested in maybe pursuing a cosmetic science degree. Can you provide me a little direction if this will be possible with my current background? What options are available to me.

    Thanks in advance,
    Michelle

    • Kelly 05/30/2014, 10:12 am

      Hi Michele,
      You may want to consider taking some online courses, the University of Cincinnati also has a certificate program that might be useful. The masters program may be challenging with out a some background in chemistry. Hope this helps!

  • Ester 05/01/2014, 2:34 am

    Hi Kelly,

    I was reading your answers to several posts and saw above that it would be hard to get into a Masters program for cosmetic science if one does not have a Bachelors in an applied science such as Bio, Chem, Chem Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, etc. I currently have a Bachelors in Family & Consumer Sciences which I know is not at all really related.
    I am looking into a Masters program at a private institution named Mills College that may be able to help with my path to becoming a cosmetic chemist (I want to develop cosmetic products) as they have a Masters program in Biochemistry and a Post-Bacc Pre-Med program to help with the transition to their Masters program. I would like your advice: Would BioChem be the best way for my career goal? What is your suggestion?

    I look forward to your response~

    Regards,
    Ester

    • Kelly 05/01/2014, 9:33 am

      Hi Ester,
      It may be helpful to start with some online courses. I believe Perry has started one and you may want to contact him for more information before delving into an intense program like biochemistry. While I think it would be helpful to have a background in science it may not be necessary if you are not planning to work in the corporate world but are venturing out on your own. Hope this helps!

      • Ester 05/05/2014, 10:17 am

        Thanks Kelly! This helps! I will contact Perry.

  • Sheena 03/31/2014, 1:00 pm

    I need help and suggestions on what steps i should take on going into the cosmetic science field or creating formulations. I graduated from Cosmetology and want i am about to graduate with my A.S in Cosmetology. I am more interested in the science part not so much as styling hair. Do i need to a science degree in chemistry to get started. I want a challenge and i think this would suit me. Please let me know where should i began. I live in California.

  • Crystal Taylor 03/17/2014, 5:16 pm

    The University of Toledo offers a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) degree in Cosmetic Science. Check out the link: http://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/academic_programs/bspharmsciprograms/bsps-cosmetic.html
    If you have any questions feel free to contact me by email!

  • Nandy 03/14/2014, 7:57 pm

    Hi Kelly,
    I graduated from college two years ago and for the past year and half, i have been working as a cosmetic chemist (i love it! my true passion). I have been in the beauty industry since i was 18 years old as a sales person and a esthetician. I’m in the process of starting the online master’s program, but unfortunately i don’t know any one who has gone thru the program. could you please tell me a title bit about it, how you benefited from it, and whether it’s worth it?
    Thank you,
    Nandy

  • Mok An Yi 02/06/2014, 10:05 pm

    Can I take industry chemistry for my degree ? Or Bachelor of Chemistry will be better ?

  • Taylor Martin 01/05/2014, 3:04 pm

    Hi,
    I recently graduated with a BS in Chemistry. I have been looking into grad school programs for a Masters degree. Most of the schools do not have specific topics in Chemistry. its just a regular MS or MA in chemistry. Would it be beneficial financially and time wise to just go and get a Masters in Chemistry or just apply for entry level positions at cosmetic companies with just my BS?

    • Kelly Dobos 01/06/2014, 10:50 am

      If you are looking at a career as a cosmetic chemist/formulator, the level of requirements can vary. In some cases very large companies like to hire PhDs while others hire entry level technicians who can then work their way up. I think an undergrad degree in chemistry is enough to get you started if that’s the route you choose to go.

  • Fay Papa 12/28/2013, 6:49 pm

    could you tell me, as far as you know, which are the best universities with masters in cosmetics in Europe?? Thanks alot!!!

    • Perry Romanowski 12/29/2013, 8:25 am

      See our post on Cosmetic Science Programs around the world.

  • Fatana 10/29/2013, 10:02 am

    So, I can major in almost anything to get into cosmetic science at the University of Cinnicinati.

    • Kelly 10/29/2013, 12:34 pm

      Fatana,
      I wouldn’t say you could major in just anything. You want to major in a science field. Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering.

  • Kellyann Allicott 09/26/2013, 11:44 am

    Dear Kelly
    I have an associate degree in Science .I am currently pursuing a Bacholor’s In International Business because there was no courses offered in my country for the cosmetic field which I have a passion for.I actually started my product line ,while doing this degree. Wanted to know if it was wise to do the online degree at UC although I am currently doing business degree? And what online short courses do you reccommend to improve my formulations especially in the area of organic products?

    • Kelly 09/30/2013, 2:11 pm

      Hi Kellyann,
      The UC online degree does require some time on campus, so I’m not sure it will work for you. Cosmetics and Toiletries magazine frequently has short online courses. http://www.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com/
      Hope this helps! -Kelly

      • Kellyann 10/01/2013, 5:28 pm

        Dear Kelly
        I don’t mine having to be on campus, but do you think it is worth it if I do the short online courses.

        • Kelly 10/02/2013, 8:33 am

          The UC program is definitely a long term and big financial committment. Taking a few short online classes may be a good way to get started and determine if you feel you want to pursue the masters degree.

  • Tema 09/09/2013, 12:50 am

    Hello,

    My current major is biology. Can I get my masters in pharmaceutical sciences & become a formulation chemist since there are no cosmetic science programs near me?

    • Kelly 09/10/2013, 12:00 pm

      Hi Tema,
      You can get into the industry with just a degree in biology. You will likely need to be located in an area with cosmetic companies and apply for entry level technician jobs. A pharm degree can help, anothing thing to consider is the weight of costs of being in graduate school with starting job right after undergraduate research. Good luck in your career! -Kelly

  • Prits 07/31/2013, 1:16 pm

    Hi kelly,
    I am a bit confused. I have just completed my masters in Pharmaceutics and have a keen interest in the cosmetic science in the US.Could you suggest me the best universities that offer this program.I have read the earlier messages but I still dont know if should take up a short course or a Phd?
    thankyou

    • Kelly 08/02/2013, 1:22 pm

      Hi Prits,
      I would reccommend looking for an entry level position in the industry and take the online masters program from the University of Cincinnati.

  • Ashunti Sims 07/12/2013, 12:38 am

    Kelly,
    I am a recent graduate with a bachelors degree in food science and technology. I currently work for a fortune 500 food company as a product developer. After a reflection of my one year post undergrad degree, I realized that my passion is with cosmetics and I am looking to make career moves in that direction however, I am at a loss on where to start. I initially thought to attend a cosmetology program, but I don’t think I want the skill set as a cosmetologist. I would love to do R&D in cosmetics or brand management. Can you give me advice on where to start?

    • Kelly 07/15/2013, 2:33 pm

      Hi Ashunti,
      Food science shares a lot of technology with cosmetics. Are you in the US? If so you might consider the distance learning program at the University of Cincinnati. I believe they now have added a certificate program with less requirements than the MS. I don’t know that cosmetology school would be particularly helpful. You can also work with a staffing agency to look for positions in the industry and submit you resume. Be sure so share the similiarities in your current work. I moved from a company that made household and industrial cleaning products to a cosmetic company quite easily. I would start with smaller companies that are more amenable to that type of situation.

  • Dana 06/03/2013, 7:00 pm

    Good day Kelly and Perry,

    First of all, that you for developing this invaluable resource site. Your time and effort here means a lot to people like me.

    My question is in relation to the topic at hand:

    “Is a M.Sc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry useful for someone who aspires to be a Formulation Chemist (colour cosmetics)?”

    I am thinking of applying for same programme at the University of Florida, due to its accessibility and affordability (in comparison to the available programmes for Cos.Sci).

    My current degree is B.Pharm. I feel as if I could always do the U.Cincinatti programme at a later date.

    • Kelly 06/10/2013, 8:04 am

      Hi Dana,
      Your plan sounds perfect. It’s a good idea to start with an undergraduate degree in the sciences and pursue a cosmetic sceince degree later. Best of luck with your career!

      • Dana 06/10/2013, 8:32 am

        Once again, thank you Kelly for your attention and blessings. ^_^

        I wish you continuous success and happiness.

  • Carlotta 06/02/2013, 4:28 pm

    Hi,I’m Carlotta from Florence, Italy, i’m studing chemistry at the University of Florence but I would like to attend a cosmetological course in the USA or where the best school is, can you suggest me what kind of study I have to take: is better if I take a degree here in Italy and than a specialization in cosmetics in the USA or if I move now? And than , where should I go? What’s the best? Thank You and sorry for the imperfect english…

    • Perry Romanowski 06/03/2013, 10:07 am

      At the moment, the two primary places to study in the US are Fairleigh Dickenson University and the University of Cincinnati.

      • Carlotta 06/10/2013, 9:15 am

        Thank You! But do you know if it’s possible to do for European students a school of specialization in cosmetic sciences AFTER a European Degree in Chemistry ? Beacause we have masters of one/ two years here in Europe after the degree but i don’t know if you have in the USA…

        • Kelly 06/10/2013, 10:40 am

          Hi Carlotta,
          I am unsure of how things are in Europe. You may want to contact schools with a program you are interested in for more information. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

  • Peiyin 12/15/2012, 6:23 am

    Hi Kelly,

    I’m currently a practicing pharmacist in Malaysia and interested in UC (master in pharm tech & cosmetic science) distance learning programme. I wonder how to complete it by online learning without much hands on experience like lab work . They also require student to complete a final sem project. Do you think it would be disadvantage for me to learn only theory as I’m not in the industry right now, and stand less chance to pass the project assessment?
    Would like to hear your advise and experience

  • Prat95 10/16/2012, 10:48 am

    Hey?….im in a dire need of your help…..i was looking for career options on net….i am in 12th ..and my subjects are biology chemistry and physics…..firstly i planned to do B.Tech. In biotechnology….but today i found cosmetic chemist…as another interesting option. …..i just wanted to ask you if chossing to be a cosmetic chemist over a biotechnologists…would be a good option or not…?….i am really confused…..plus im not that innovative…and after a proper self analysis i’ve come to the conclusion that i cannot really start a business of my own….kindly help me out?

  • nikita nandanwar 08/15/2012, 1:43 pm

    hey kelly
    I em in a big confusion, i em actually not getting any way out..about what to do that is either mba or ms in cosmetic.??
    Right know em pursing my education in bachelors in cosmetic technolgy.
    I really need your help as to what will be more beneficial for my career..
    eargerly waiting for ur reply !

  • NL 07/26/2012, 8:01 am

    Hi,

    I reviewed related comments amove. great job sharing this information. I am interested to pursue my education in the area of NATURAL cosmetic science, online (or phisical) in Europe (Switserland, Spain, or UK). Could anyone please help me locate an appropriate program in these countries? also is there a global reference page of ranking of “NATURAL cosmetic science” or “cosmetic science” in general.

    Thanks in advance!
    NL

    • Perry 08/16/2012, 8:48 pm

      Hello NL,

      You can try our online Naturals Formulating course. I do not know of any other courses specifically in formulating natural products.

  • Ken 07/25/2012, 9:11 am

    Hello Kelly,
    I am currently studying a Bsc (Hons) degree in Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science in the UK. I am confused of the masters to take so as to favour me in both courses. My future dream has always been to have a pharmaceutical and cosmetic company in my country, but i am thinking doing a masters degree in International business and entrepreneur would it help me get to the top or should i do an MBA which i have to work for nothing less than 3 years before getting it, or i dont need a degree in business at all.

    • Kelly Dobos 07/25/2012, 9:30 am

      Hi Ken,
      It all depends on your goals. If you plan to run a company, and MBA isn’t neccessary but can certainly but you in a far better position to manage the complexity of a start-up. -kelly

      • Ken 07/25/2012, 9:40 am

        Ok thank you Kelly. About the Masters in Business, i dont know which country is the best place to study this course whether is it in the US or the UK, however, i have always admired the US market in both pharmaceutical and cosmetics and would want to work there to gain experience in either any of this sector.
        So is doing the masters in the UK going to help me secure a job there, or should i have to do a masters in the US before securing a job there. Thanks

        • Kelly Dobos 07/25/2012, 9:46 am

          Unfortunately, I don’t know enough about MBAs in the UK to comment for sure. I would assume the education is transferable to either market. I found my MBA education to be immensely useful in my career. Good luck in your endeavors! -kelly

          • Ken 07/25/2012, 9:47 am

            Thank you Kelly really appreciate the help and advice :).

  • Rachel 06/26/2012, 12:57 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I recently stumbled across this article as I was doing some searching on what it takes to become a cosmetic chemist. I just graduated high school, and will start college in the fall. I’ve always been interested in the beauty industry as a hobby and have had a love for science in school, so I thought this would be the perfect job for me. I plan on studying to obtain a BS in Biochemistry. Do you have any tips/advice that could help steer my college career in the direction of the cosmetic science industry? Thanks.

    • Kelly 06/26/2012, 1:50 pm

      Hi Rachel,
      I think the best thing you can do as a college student is attend a school near a major cosmetic manufacturer and get an intership. It can be very challenging to get a formulation position without bench experience and interning will help immensley. Your undergrad class with give you a solid foundation , but there is a lot that isn’t covered when it comes to a career in cosmetic science. Also, if available take take a course in colloid science or polymer science. Good luck in your endeavors! -Kelly

  • Mahi 06/04/2012, 6:09 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I am very inclined towards the Cosmetic and Beauty Industry and have just completed my BS in Biotechnology from India. I want to persue MS Cosmetic Science in the US, but apparently they require a 4year college degree along with several topics from BS Cosmetic Science.
    What would you suggest I do for the 4th year?
    I planned to do a Diploma in Cosmetology, but it seems this Diploma doesn’t add up to 3years as this is more of a technical course.. Kindly Help..

  • Abigail 05/19/2012, 9:43 am

    Hi Kelly, this is Abigail from India.I am currently pursuing b.tech biotechnology here. I want to have a career in the cosmetic industry and one day i want to have a skin care line of my own.I also wish to do an esthetic course.There are no cosmetic science courses in India , so i want to do my m.s. in the U.S. Can you please tell me which course should i do first as soon as i complete my u.g, whether the m.s. in cosmetic science or the esthetics course to start my career in this field?I am finishing my u.g. in another two years. Is there anything i should do in these two years to prepare for my m.s. Looking forward to your advice as it would be of great help to me. :-)

  • Sumaya J 05/16/2012, 2:48 am

    Hi,

    I just graduated with Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science degree and am very interested in Cosmetic Chemistry and formulation. Do you think getting a MS in Cosmetic Science would help me get a job in the cosmetic industry? I am currently looking for an internship though struggling to figure out where to start. Your suggestion would truly help :)

  • Erica C 04/26/2012, 11:07 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I have a PhD in organic chemistry and current work in CA as a medicinal chemist. I really am interested in starting my own “organic” skin care line. I don’t anything about formulation, etc. Do you know of any programs out on the west coast or do you think the UC online program would be best?

    Also, are there any online resources or books you would recommend to get started?

    Thanks!

    Erica

    • Kelly 04/27/2012, 2:36 pm

      Hi Erica,
      I don’t believe there are any programs on the west coast. Another option is to take the Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry Course from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. It’s either 1 or 2 days and just a few hundred dollars. In the UC program you can also take up to 15 hours unmatriculated, so taking the cosmetic science II class may be just what you need to get started. -Kelly

  • Michelle 04/18/2012, 10:13 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I am currently pursuing my my bachelors in forensic chemistry. Will I a be able to pursue a cosmetic science masters degree with that background? Thank you.

    • Kelly 04/18/2012, 1:22 pm

      Hi Michelle,
      It might help with a position in Quality Control (analytical chem) or clinical testing, but if you were looking at formulation development you’d need to start at a technician level to learn the ropes. Hope this helps! -kelly

  • Neelam 03/18/2012, 8:02 am

    Hi Kelly!
    I am just giving my 11th std finals. I want to pursue a career in cosmetic science without an engineering degree. Is it possible?
    I plan to give mht cet in biology. Please help me out!

  • Azu 03/15/2012, 12:08 am

    Hi Kelly, first of all thankyou for sharing all of this, been in a country where there´s not much information about the subject it really helps a lot.
    I´m currently finishing a BD in industrial chemistry engineering, and i´m really interested in cosmetics, I´ve read your other articles about where i can study.. and as you my dream is to have my own company, the thing is i want to create more natural products as possible, i´m very into skin care, so i will really appreciate it if you coul guide me… :) thanks

  • Fa 03/06/2012, 2:52 pm

    Kelly, as I read this, I am thinking about myself. I have a bachelor in chemistry. Right now, I am currently working for a cosmetic company and love the industry. I want to move forward, I was just wondering what maters would be suitable for me? I am interested in the cosmetic science but also want to study a broad subject that will allow me to work in a a different industry if one day I decide to leave the cosmetic idustry.

    • Kelly 03/06/2012, 3:34 pm

      Hello Fa,
      Well a cosmetic science degree still teaches you surfactant science which applies in other formulation areas like paints and coatings, I know friend who went from cosmetics to just that industry. But a masters in chemistry would probably also be narrowed to some area of research, so I don’t really have a reccomendation for an extremely broad program. Unless you are considering management, marketing, etc. I would suggest an MBA for that. Good luck with your endeavors! -Kelly

  • K 02/29/2012, 5:13 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I’m currently working as a cosmetic chemist (BA in biology) and was wondering if you felt that it was worth it to pursue the MS from Cincinnati. (in terms of compensation, advancement). Thanks so much!

    • Kelly 03/01/2012, 2:53 pm

      Hi K,
      From my experience, I’d say it was worth it. But it all depends on company culture and what your plans for the future are. Let me know if you want to talk further, I can always send my personal e-mail address or you can connect with me on LinkedIn. -Kelly

      • K 03/06/2012, 3:02 pm

        Can you send me your personal email address? I’m not sure how I would find you on linked in. Thanks!

  • Kate 02/22/2012, 12:26 pm

    Hello Kelly

    Thank you for this very helpful article.First of all,I’m a pharmacist and I want to be an expert in cosmetic&skincare product not in formulation or production.I want to expert in what this make up use for,how to use,who suitable with this cosmetic&skincare.It seem like both scienctist&trainer in the same time.
    Do I have to take MS of cosmetic science? or
    Do the MS of cosmetics science will make my dream come true?

    sorry for my bad English.

    Thank you for your help
    Kate

    • Kelly 02/22/2012, 6:05 pm

      Hello Kate,
      I have to say, it inspires me so much that many young scientists find this article that I wrote and ask questions about their pursuit of a career in the field. A pharmacy degree will already help you get your foot in the door. A cosmetic science degree would be an extra benefit that broadens your knowledge. You could do just like I did, and pursue the cosmetic science degree after gaining employment in the field. Good luck in your pursuits!

  • Natalie Binienda 01/27/2012, 5:53 am

    Hey Kelly, I read your article and I found it really interesting. I am currently studying International Business Administration in Rotterdam but actually it is my dream to work with cosmetics, maybe not as a scientists in a laboratory but having the idea of what should be produced and selling it would be very interesting. My problem is now that all the cosmetic science degrees want an Bachelor degree in Biology or chemistry and now i don’t now what to do …Is there a possibility to do a course? Or like a one year foundation course?
    I would really need some advice …
    thanks in advance
    natalie

    • Kelly 01/27/2012, 1:34 pm

      Hi Natalie
      Most degrees in cosmetic science will require a science background because it may be difficult to get into the details of formulation without some knowledge of chemistry, biology and physics. I know of some two day courses in the US, they are usually referred to as professional advancement courses. So maybe something like that would help you. You could also read some texts on cosmetic science and subscribe to any free industry magazines to keep up on the latest news. I hope this helps.

  • Megan 01/26/2012, 6:09 am

    Hi,

    Just needed some advice.. I have done my bachelor in pharmacy followed by masters in cosmetic science and perfumery from ISIPCA France, currently working in L’Oreal. I would be shifting my base from India to USA soon, would i need to get an addtional degree, if yes, could you recommend if FIT newyork is suitable as i already have hands on experience in the technical field so to widen my scope to the marketing aspect as well. or would you suggest some other university.

    thanks for our help.

    • Kelly 01/26/2012, 10:31 am

      Hi Megan,
      A business degree is a great idea if you want to learn more about marketing. I am pretty unfamilliar with the FIT program but since it’s focused on the beauty industry it’s probably got some benefits over a traditional business degree. But then again the diversity of a traditional business degree might also be a benefit. You might want to look into both options and contact schools for more information to help guide your decision. -kelly

      • Megan 02/01/2012, 10:40 am

        Thanks Kelly . Would surely incase of any doubt.

  • Anupa Deshmukh 12/23/2011, 3:42 am

    Hi,
    I am pursuing PG diploma in quality assurance of cosmetics in India, post my B.Tech in cosmetic technology. I am good with Analysis and titration. After I completed my 3rd of B.Tech, I underwent training at Clariant Chemicals, in QC of pigment and additives. Since then I got interested in analytical chemistry and want to pursue career in same. I want to ask what are the chances of getting admission for MS in analytical chemistry. I’ve checked sites of few universities and I think one needs to have a good knowledge of biochem for this. Kindly help.

    • kelly 12/29/2011, 2:33 pm

      Hi Anupa,
      It would be best to check with the Universities you wish to attend to see what their requirements are. I am unfamiliar with the requirements for a masters in analytical chemistry. -Kelly

  • ann 12/11/2011, 5:32 pm

    I am dermatology nurse. Ready to progress in the dermatological science and begin cosmetic formulation. Any recommendations? I’m looking to pursue the MS degree in cosmetic science from Univ. Of Cincinnati. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!!

    • kelly 12/16/2011, 10:09 am

      Hi Ann,
      I highly reccomend the UC program. Itis a great way to learn formulation science and your derm background will give you a leg up on the physiology portion of the program. If you need a contact at UC please let me know. Just be persistent in trying to get all the information you need. And if I can help faciliate the conversation, just let me know.

      • ann 01/15/2012, 11:48 pm

        Thanks Kelly for the added information.
        I actually signed about for the non-degree seeking status for UC in hopes to get started with the cosmetic science classes and there were no online classes available for me. Not sure why.

        • ann 01/15/2012, 11:50 pm

          Thanks Kelly for the added information.
          I actually signed up for the non-degree seeking status for UC in hopes to get started with the cosmetic science classes and there were no online classes available for me. Not sure why.

          • Kelly 01/16/2012, 10:43 am

            I think you will probably need to contact someone in the program administration to get the course numbers, etc. I also believe that you can up to 15 credits hours before you are required to become a matriculated student.
            -Kelly

  • Nousheen 12/06/2011, 1:03 pm

    Hi,
    I graduate in 2010 with a bachelor degree in biology but I am so much interested in chemistry and want to join chemical labs expecially cosmntic lab. Does anybody have any suggestion about what cosmetic labs are there in Chicago, illinois. And if my biology degree is not worth it in order to join costic/chemical labs so what more education should I pursue?
    Thanks!

    • kelly 12/16/2011, 10:06 am

      Hi Nousheen,
      You biology degree is certainly enough to get you in the door. You may want to join LinkedIn and connect with other in the industry to find jobs in your area. There is also a SCC group on LinkedIn and many other groups related to the industry where you can find job postings.

  • Felice 11/09/2011, 8:45 am

    Hi
    I am a recent Biomedical Science graduate from the UK. I was just wondering what masters programme would be suitable for me (A master in chemistry/ chemical engineering/ pharmaceutical). Which masters would cosmetic company prefer? I have looked at the cosmetic science programme from University of London but didn’t want to spend another three years doing an undergraduate degree.
    Many Thanks
    Felice

    • kelly 11/11/2011, 10:13 am

      Hello Felice,
      A masters degree is not necessary to get into the industry, at least not in the US. Any of the degrees you mention would be helpful but pharmacy maybe the closest field to cosmetic chemistry but a lot of the subject matter may not apply. -kelly

  • Amy 10/25/2011, 12:53 pm

    Hello,
    I am a junior chemistry BS major and thinking that a career in cosmetic chemistry is what i would love to do. I am very intersested organic chemistry and figured this would apply to cosmetic chemistry. I am currently looking into REU for this upcoming summer(2012) and staringt to search for graduate schools. Do you recommend I go to a graduate school specifically for cosemtic chemistry, or just organic? I would really appreciate your advice because I am overwhelmed with starting the whole process. Thanks!

    • Kelly Dobos 10/25/2011, 1:26 pm

      Hi Amy,
      An undergraduate major in chemistry is a great start. While you don’t need a master’s degree to get started in the industry, the University of Cincinnati’s masters in Cosmetic Science is the program I recommend. There is only one other accredited program at Farleigh Dickinson on the east coast. Studying organic chemistry for a masters degree would be valuable if you were looking to work for a raw material supplier synthesizing new ingredients, but not completely necessary if you want to formulate. Hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Jamie 10/20/2011, 9:41 pm

    I’m graduating with a phD degree in food science – dissertation is about flavor and color of food products. I have several technical skills wet chemistry, GC-MS, HPLC, UV-VIS. Now that I need to search for a job, I am more interested in becoming a cosmetic scientist rather than a food scientist. But I don’t know how to approach this situation. Any comments?
    -Thank you

    • Kelly 10/24/2011, 9:41 am

      Hi Jamie,
      Your skills would suit a position in quality control or with a fragrance supplier, there isn’t much instrumentation used in general formulation. If you are interested in learning more about formulation, I highly recommended taking some of the courses sponsors by the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (www.scconline.org). The University of Cincinnati’s masters in cosmetic science program is available as a distance learning course and you can take up to 15 credit hours unmatriculated so getting a couple courses, especially cosmetic science II (if i remember the title correctly), could be helpful. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any additional questions. -Kelly

  • Jacqueline Woo 09/27/2011, 12:24 am

    Hi!
    Wow and here I thought nobody else wanted to do cosmetic science! Would it be possible to exchange emails so that I could ask you some questions? I’m only a second year student in specialization pharmacology at the University of Alberta in Canada, but I definitely want to break into the cosmetic science industry and hopefully start my own line one day!
    And I definitely have to say…I am so glad that I have found your blog! :)

  • Kelly 08/22/2011, 8:41 am

    Hi Renu,
    I would reccomend that you look for interships or entry level technician jobs to get into the industry. You can also begin take classes online through the University of Cincinnati’s cosmetic science program. -Kelly

  • Renu Lakra 08/20/2011, 11:05 pm

    hi kelly,
    I will graduate this fall with biotechnology degree. I really want to do some research in cosmetic area, and want to apply some natural application in cosmetics. But I am confused and little scared from where to start and what to do next? Can you please help me with some ideas and suggestions that will help me to focus on my dreams.
    I really need you help.
    plz post me some help.
    Renu

  • Kelly 08/17/2011, 8:56 am

    Hi Zee,
    You will need some basic understanding of chemistry and biology for the masters program. I am not sure what would be acceptable in place of formal undergraduate training, but I would suggest getting in touch with some one from the program administration and asking for their advice. Also, congratulations on starting your own line! That is a great accomplishment.

  • Zee 08/13/2011, 2:31 am

    I am wondering how to break into the Cosmetics Industry. I have been creating my own line of products for almost 3 years now. It has become my passion, and I truly enjoy creating organic products. I would like to pursue an MS in Cosmetic Science, however it seems most of the programs require an undergraduate degree in a science. Although my background is in a field totally unrelated (multimedia arts) is there a way to prepare for entry into these programs?

  • Dania 07/17/2011, 4:26 pm

    Hi Kelly!

    Thanks for this article! I discovered that programme online many months ago and I really like the syllabus.

    What is the tuition like? I am yet to source the tuition information on the university’s website! Could you give me some hints or pointers please?

  • Kelly 07/05/2011, 5:12 pm

    If your interests are in marketing, you can just pursue the MBA. You don’t need a science degree to be involved in that side of the business. Many schools offer accelerated programs. If your passion lies in formulating products, the sciences are what you should pursue. The path I took, leaves both opportunities open to me but took a couple trips to grad school. Your career goals should guide your decision process.

  • surbhi 07/05/2011, 3:39 pm

    hii kelly
    thank u so much for helping me guide this program – cosmetic and fragrance management.
    But this course provides u knowledge as to how u could start up your own salon.
    but my area of interest is working in some big cosmetic brand in the production and marketing of cosmetics.
    so for that how should i go about
    should i take a masters in cosmetic science and then go for mba marketing ?? please help

  • Kelly 07/05/2011, 2:50 pm

    Hello Surbhi,
    I’m not aware of any programs that currently combine science and management, the closest is a degree in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Management at FIT in New York City. But it likely doesn’t touch much science. Getting both a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Cosmetic Science was the approach I ended up taking. And in my opinion, the Cosmetic Science Program as the University of Cincinnati is a great, well rounded program. Good luck with your endeavors! -Kelly

  • surbhi 06/30/2011, 2:27 pm

    hii kelly
    im an indian n pursuing bs chemistry from delhi university
    i m interested in cosmetic industry and planning to do a sort of a bridging course which involves chemistry and management in us or uk.
    I saw this chemists corner and read your blogs so thought u would be the right person to guide me.
    Could u please help me as to which masters programme should i opt for .

  • Anonymous 05/25/2011, 4:57 pm

    Thank you Kelly, but I spent all day talking to recruiters who tell me that they cannot help me because I lack industrial experience in Cosmetics. I will try to network in the other ways Perry mentioned.
    What I’ve been wondering is how recent graduates break into the industry if there is only a demand for experienced cosmetic chemists?

  • Kelly 05/25/2011, 4:16 pm

    The networking opportunities Perry mentioned are definitely helpful. Industry specific recruiters can also be very beneficial contacts.

  • Anonymous 05/25/2011, 12:23 pm

    One more question! Are recruiters useful for change of career?

  • Anonymous 05/25/2011, 12:21 pm

    Thank you Perry! I’ve applied online to Revlon, L’oreal and Avon for some entry level formulation positions. You are probably right about my resume- Since I do not have any cosmetic science experience, it’s filled Pharmaceutical experience. I guess I’m not sure how to better market my skills toward cosmetics. Any suggestions?

    I will probably pay more attention to Linkedin and try to make some connections. Right now, all my connections are Big Pharma scientists.

  • Anonymous 05/24/2011, 9:52 pm

    Hi all,
    I am an MS level organic chemist w/ 6yrs experience who was laid off of my Pharmaceutical job last year and I, like many of my former co-workers, am still unemployed. I would very much like to change my field of work to Cosmetics/Personal care since those industries have not suffered as much as Pharmaceutical has in the past few years and I still want to be a bench chemist. Is there anyway that I can make a transition from Pharmaceutical to the Cosmetics industry with an MS in organic chemistry? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I apply and apply to entry level positions, but get no response!

    • Perry 05/25/2011, 6:08 am

      Well, that is unlucky. :( With your background, you should be able to break into the cosmetic field rather easily.

      I don’t know who you have applied with but if you are getting no response there may be a problem with your resume but more likely you have a problem with your network. I would suggest you first go to a society of cosmetic chemists meeting if you have a local chapter (see http://scconline.org to find a chapter near you). I would also suggest you get on LinkedIn.com and join the Society of Cosmetic Chemist discussion group. There are people frequently looking for chemists. You might also check http://indeed.com for a list of cosmetic chemist jobs.

      Hope that helps.

  • Kelly Dobos 05/07/2011, 4:45 pm

    Hi Kimberlyn,
    The program is offered in an online formation. You can find more information about the program here: http://pharmacy.uc.edu/downloads/CSinfo.pdf. Hope this helps and if you have further questions don’t hesitate to ask. -Kelly

  • Kimberlyn 05/04/2011, 7:05 pm

    i was wondering if the university of Cincinnati only offers their cosmetic science degree online, or if it can be taken at the campus

  • Jenna 04/16/2011, 7:11 pm

    Hello,
    I am currently a junior in high school and love makeup and chemistry. I was wondering what I should do when I grow up and stumbled upon this website. I am now convinced i want to be a cosmetic chemist :) So thanks for helping me decide!
    I also had a question, however. I will be applying to University of Cincinnati and am looking into majoring in maybe a Masters or PhD in Pharmaceutics. I am not sure if that is the right way to go and am confused. What is the difference between a Masters and PhD? Does it matter if i major in chemical engineering or pharmacy? Also, would I take the MS program for Cosmetic Science after I got my MS or PhD in Pharmaceutics or another field?
    Thank you so much!!!!
    – Jenna :)

    • Perry 04/18/2011, 11:45 am

      Hello Jenna,

      If becoming a cosmetic chemist is your ultimate goal, then you won’t really need a PhD. Getting an MS is Cosmetic Science from the University of Cincinnati would be sufficient and an excellent start.

  • Kelly 04/15/2011, 12:12 pm

    Keev,
    It can be difficult to start your own product line because there are many players already in the market. That doesn’t mean it is an unattainable goal though. Many companies like Bonne Bell and Urban Decay were founded by individual entrepreneurs. If you do get a masters in cosmetic chemistry there are numerous cosmetic companies that you can work for in a variety of areas from formulation, quality control, safety, regulatory. So there are many options for a career in cosmetic science.

  • Keev 04/09/2011, 4:49 pm

    Hi I’m back again…
    As graduation approaches (high school) my dreams of creating my own line of hair products seems to be getting far and far away. I am attending Agnes Scott this fall majoring in chemistry and hopefully attending UC for graduate school however I’ve heard alot of doubtful comments about my plan. What kind of jobs would I be able to find with my degree before completeing my own product. Is it an extrememly hard and unattainable goal for me to want my on cosmetic company? Am I being unrealistic? I really want this, but I dont feel like im getting anywhere. Please HELP!

  • Kelly 04/09/2011, 9:49 am

    Hi Mahima,
    I’m not familiar with LIU, but you could continue to ask for opinions by looking for alums to talk with. I would recommend pharmaceutics over industrial pharmacy in terms of relevance to cosmetic science. Have you considered the distance learning MS from UC? You may be able to enter that program. Hope this helps! -kelly

  • Mahima 04/08/2011, 9:29 am

    Hello,

    Just needed some expert advice :) I got a reject from UC for the full time MS program- Cos Sci this Fall :( but have got an admit to LIU for the same :) However I have got not-so favourable reviews about LIU from people. So, you reckon its worthwhile to pursue the program there?

    Also, which would be a better option for entering the cosmetic industry?
    1) Doing my MS in Pharmaceutics from Duquesne Univ or Univ of Rhode Island?
    2)Doing my MS in Industrial Pharmacy from Univ of Toledo?

    Please let me know soon. Thank you!

    • Perry 04/13/2011, 2:02 am

      @Mahima – these are good questions but unfortunately, I do not know much about the programs you have mentioned. LIU could be a good option for you because it is located in the New York area and this will allow you a chance to network with more people in the industry. Hope that helps and good luck. If I learn more about those programs, I’ll be sure to write a post about them.

  • Kelly 03/23/2011, 6:33 pm

    Hello Nim,
    See Perry’s post on cosmetic science programs around the world for options in the UK and Australia. http://chemistscorner.com/cosmetic-science-programs-around-the-world/

    Your degree can get you into the industry and there are many roles besides being a bench chemist. Safety, regulatory, claims research and many more roles exist for cosmetic scientists.

  • Nim 03/23/2011, 1:19 am

    Hi kelly,

    I have a Bachelor in Science (Biotechnology) and I really want to pursue something in cosmetic science as that is where my passion lies? Could you please give me names of universities that provide such courses, either in the UK or in Australia?

    I was wondering if this field only involves laboratory work?

    WOuld my first degree in Biotechnology make me eligible to enter this industry?

    Thank u!

  • Lauren 03/18/2011, 4:06 pm

    Thanks Kelly

    :)

  • Kelly 03/18/2011, 3:59 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Your degree should be sufficient to apply for jobs, as long as you can provide some information about the course work so the employer knows your background. -kelly

  • Lauren 03/17/2011, 10:15 pm

    Hi! I’m a graduate of BS Cosmetic Science in Philippines, I am here now in US.. I’m wondering if I need to have a license for me to work for cosmetic company it’s been 2 years ago since I graduated. And if licensure us needed how can I take it?

    Thank you

  • Ben 03/14/2011, 11:49 am

    I am starting in the fall for a BS in biochemistry and then going on to the cosmetic science program at Univ. of Cinn. I am currently a cosmetologist and also going back in a month for my instructor license. My ultimate goal is to be working on a color development team for Goldwell and traveling as a instructor and platform artist. Does anyone see any holes in my logic, is there any other education you think I should have for such a job?

    • Perry 03/14/2011, 1:19 pm

      Sounds like a great plan to me!

  • valerie 03/13/2011, 10:52 am

    A quick question. My daughter is a senior and wants to get a degree in chemical engineering. She wants to go into the cosmetic industry. Will this degree serve her well in this industry?

    • Perry 03/13/2011, 11:00 am

      Chemical engineering can get you in the cosmetic industry. A degree in general chemistry is probably a little more applicable but lots of people get jobs in the cosmetic industry with a chemical engineering degree.

  • KV 03/09/2011, 8:03 pm

    Hi. Could someone describe what a career in cosmetic chemistry is like? Salary, hours, etc. I’m currently working on my B.S. in chemistry and have been looking into getting a Masters in cosmetic science, but don’t really know what jobs would be available to me afterwards? Would they be lab jobs? (I am a little OCD so I really like busy work, following protocols and instructions, etc. I find quiet repetitive tasks comforting. Don’t really want to be in a social or interpersonal career, such as marketing or a doctor. I find that really stressful.) Is it easy to find a job? Stressful? Very competitive? Long hours? Etc. Any information would be really appreciated!

    • Perry 03/10/2011, 6:10 pm

      Hello KV,

      It sounds like a job in Quality Control or Quality Assurance would be perfect for you. Low stress, repetitive testing, standard hours.

  • vivienne 02/26/2011, 11:45 pm

    Hi! I am currently in high school and i want to become a cosmetic chemist (formulator) when i grow up. Is it better to major in just chemistry or biochemistry or to take the cosmetic chemistry courses that universities such as Farleigh-Dickenson or University of Cincinnati offer?
    And for universities that offer these courses, are they better in America or in the UK?

    Thank you~!

    • Perry 02/28/2011, 8:56 am

      Hello Vivienne

      Congratulations on figuring out what you want to do! Not a lot of people take the time to do this when they are in high school. I think it is better to major in chemistry for your undergraduate degree. If you ultimately want to become a cosmetic chemist, then taking the advanced courses at U of C or Farleigh-Dickenson is a great choice. These are offered as graduate degree programs so you can’t take them right away. The UK doesn’t have any university level courses that I know of so I would say the US is better for that (right now).

  • Devashree 02/12/2011, 12:09 pm

    Hi Kelly,
    I’m a non-US resident and so I cant apply for the MS cosmetic science in Cincinnati due to visa issues in an online program.. I am worried whether the Pharmaceutical sciences full time program in Cincinnati concentrates much on cosmetic science or it would be a very general one without much of cosmetics in it..! Also, as an another option I am interested in Pharmaceutical MBA. Can you suggest what would be a better option? As of now, being an international student I cant participate for the MS Cosmetic science program. I am a Bachelor of Pharmacy.. Suggestions will be appreciated.. thank you..

  • Kelly 02/11/2011, 3:33 pm

    Hello Alireza,
    The PhD program at the University of Cincinnati is the only one I am aware of the in US. It is a great program and very comprehensive. -Kelly

  • alireza 02/07/2011, 7:09 am

    HELLO KELLY and PERRY
    I have B.Sc in applied chemistry and M.Sc in Polymer chemistry, and now I’m working as a R&D researcher in a company which is responsible for providing raw material and active ingredients for cosmetic industries. we also suggest some new formulations to other company as a product development. Our company also cooperate with BASF.
    I love my career and now I enthusiasticlly want to be much more expertise as a R&D researcher. i want to ask you , is there any PhD program which relevants to this career throughwhich I can improve my level of knowledge about formulation?

  • Kelly 01/20/2011, 9:42 am

    Hello Marco,
    Thanks for visiting Chemists Corner! The program at the University of Cincinnati is primarily focused formulation science. I’m not as familiar with regulatory affairs education, but the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society offers certifications and may be a good resource for you. Below is a link to a page on their website with information about careers in reguatory affairs. Hope this helps!

    http://www.raps.org/personifyebusiness/tabid/1115/Default.aspx

  • Marco 01/19/2011, 3:11 am

    Hi everyone, I’m currently writing you from Italy. After a degree in Pharmacy and a Master in Cosmetic Science (ending next february) I’m actually looking for the next step. I’m quite interesting in an MBA or a phD and I prefer to work in the regulatory field (where I’m working here in Italy right now during the master). Is there any specific place to study for a job in the regulatory? Is Cincinnati the right place?
    Thanks
    Marco

  • devashree 12/16/2010, 3:12 am

    thanx for the reply… i also have another university in mind, and thats the fairleigh dickinson university at NJ. can you suggest anything about it..? and also i got 1290 in my GRE. am i elligible for the courses in both cincinnati and fdu?

    • Perry 12/16/2010, 4:21 pm

      @Devashree – This was all that we could find. I believe you would be available for both the UC & FDU programs. Congratulations!

  • carol 12/13/2010, 11:54 pm

    Kelly,

    Thanks for replying so quickly. Just to get a sense of the type of position I could achieve with those degrees, I was wondering what kind of job you currently have and/or your responsibilities? Did your advanced degrees greatly help you bump up in salary? Also, what is your take on the UCincinnati online program, any complaints?

    Carol

  • Kelly 12/13/2010, 4:24 pm

    Hello Devashree and Carol,
    I believe the University of Cincinnati cosmetic science program is the best and most comprehensive here in the US. I pursued my MBA because I felt it gave me options for management or marketing later in my career. Marketing often generates ideas for new products and I think if I moved into that arena I’d have some even more interesting scientific and realistic ideas. As for which to do first if you are already a scientist, it’s a matter of preference. I sought the MBA first because it was convenient to take classes in the evening while I worked full time. The masters at UC didn’t become available online until a few years ago. Hope this helps and feel free contact me with further questions. -Kelly

  • carol 12/13/2010, 1:05 am

    Hi,

    I recently decided to pursue a career in cosmetic science. I have a bachelor’s in a science field, but it’s not chemistry so i’m finding it hard to break into the cosmetic field industry, do you have any tips? Also, i’m planning on applying to univ. of cincinnati for the masters in cosmetic science and also getting an mba. However, do you recommend getting the mba first and then the masters in cosmetics? If you don’t mind me asking what kind of jobs can you attain with an mba in cosmetics.
    Btw, I was relieved to read your blog and find out that i am not alone in my career path.

    Thanks,
    Carol

  • devashree 12/11/2010, 11:03 pm

    hi,
    i m a graduate in pharmacy and i had COSMETIC SCIENCE as an ELECTIVE subject during my studies. So, i am more inclined towards making it as my career due to my increasing interest in cosmetics and marketting. Can you please help me out as to which particular university/college to study in which offers an extensive M.S. in cosmetic science?

  • Kelly 11/22/2010, 3:36 pm

    Hello Mahima
    The University of Cincinnati offers both the MS and PhD programs. You could always start out in the MS program and jump to a PhD later if you wanted. If you feel ready, it is probably a good time to start the program because you are still in the student mode and have the motivation to succeed. Good luck in you endeavors! -Kelly

  • Mahima 11/22/2010, 12:11 pm

    Hi

    Your blog has been really helpful and has made me sure about choosing Cosmetic Science as my choice of graduate study. Could you please tell me if the Univ. of Cincinnati offers a MS or PhD in cosmetic science? I have finished my BPharm and am thinking of doing my MS right now.
    Would it be foolhardy to jump into a PhD right away?

    Thanks
    Mahima

  • Kelly 11/19/2010, 3:08 pm

    Hello Keev,
    Happy to hear you’re interested in becoming a cosmetic chemist. A degree is biochemistry is also perfect for pursuing a career in the industry and is certainly a good stepping-stone to the cosmetic science PhD. Best of luck in your endeavors! -Kelly

  • Keev 11/19/2010, 1:03 pm

    Hi :)
    I am a senior in high school and I am interested in becoming a cosmetic scientist and hopefully creating my own line of hair products in the future! I am both overwhelmed and confused with the process of choosing a degree program. I really want to major in Biochemistry, because I want to learn more so of how my products will affect the body, rather than just knowing how to make them. However I don’t really know if Biochemistry is acceptable for someone pursuing Cosmetic Chemistry. Could you please help me in figuring out whether or not I will still be able to accomplish my career goals with a BS in Biochemistry and not just chemistry? Will I still be able to receive a Masters or PhD. in cosmetic chemistry/science?

    Thanks!
    -Keev

  • Aujanae 11/03/2010, 11:05 am

    Kelly-

    Thanks, I will definitely consider that option.

  • Kelly 11/03/2010, 8:22 am

    Hi Aujanae,
    The University of Cincinnati does have a PhD in Cosmetic Science. A PhD in Pharmacology could be helpful as well, but will have a much different scope than a cosmetic science degree. I would recommend contacting Jerry Kastings at the University of Cincinnati for more information on that program. Good luck in your endeavors!

  • Aujanae 11/03/2010, 1:13 am

    I have a bit of a dilemma. I just recently graduated with a BS in Chemistry & I am immediately realizing another degree needs to be in the near future. I dont oppose going back to school in fact Im very excited but here is where getting a degree in what area comes in. Initially upon graduating I wanted to get a PhD in Pharmacology but lately ive really been leaning towards a Cosmetic Chemistry/Science Program because its something Im really passionate about & it combines the best of both worlds. However, Ive only seen programs for Cosm. Chemist as a Masters, so Im wondering if it would be better to get both degrees or would I be able to still get into the field of Cosmetic Chem with just getting my PhD in Pharmacology? I ultimately want to have a PhD but I dont want to waste extra time/money in school if unnecessary. So all responses are welcome! Thanks

  • Kelly 09/08/2010, 8:05 pm

    Hi Leanne
    In lieu of actual formulation experience on the job, the UC program does provide you with a significant advantage over those without the degree. But as a chemical engineer you can certainly get started in the process engineering side of the business and use that experience to get acquainted with formulations as well. I know it can be rather hard to break into the industry with out formal experience, so taking an entry level position as a technician although not glamorous is also a way to get your foot in the door and learn the ropes. -Kelly

  • Leanne 09/07/2010, 11:40 pm

    Do you think the cosmetic science program at the Univ. Of Cincinnati would be beneficial for someone like me- a chemical engineer/chemist trying to break into the industry? Or should I continue to seek employment without prior cosmetic experience? I would appreciate your insight (the out of state fees are very high).

  • Joe Wheeler 08/16/2010, 7:37 pm

    Hey Kelly, congrats on wrapping up the degree. I’m curious what you plan on doing now; Kao or make the jump? I’d like to hear more about Kelly Cosmetics!

  • Kelly Dobos 08/16/2010, 5:35 pm

    Thanks Remona! I hope our testimonials are helpful to others considering advanced degrees. And I hope to catch up with you at the SCC meeting in December! -Kelly

  • Remona Gopaul 08/16/2010, 3:25 pm

    Kelly, as I read this, I remember having the same thoughts. I too have an MBA and wondered if doing and MS in Cosmetics would benefit my career but I have to say, this degree puts you in a different league. Not many cosmetic chemists and researchers hold graduate degrees in this specific field, so it definitely sets you apart from the rest.
    I have learned a great deal through this program, oddly enough, my capstone was my favorite. I learned about my topic while spending over a year doing tedious research. I feel your pain on not getting enough sleep and wondering if its all worth it.

    To answer your question, I think its definitely worth it. Not only will it boost your career, it also gives you a level of understanding of cosmetic science that only few can attest to.

    Good luck and I know you will rock the defense!

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