Article by: Perry Romanowski

Many people have asked about whether they should get an advanced degree in cosmetic science. Well, in today’s show we interview one of the instructors at the Fairleigh Dickinson University cosmetic science program, Steve Herman.

Show notes:

1. News
New acne technology that kills bacteria using gold & lactic acid ‘nano-bombs’.

2. Cosmetic Science Jobs
We discuss the different types of jobs you might get as a cosmetic chemist. This is related to a blog post we did about chemist careers.

3. Interview with Steve Herman
Steve Herman is an adjunct professor in the FDU Masters in Cosmetic Science program and has been since 1993. He is also a regular columnist at GCI magazine and has written the book ‘Fragrance Applications: A Survival Guide’. He has over 30 years of experience in the cosmetic and fragrance industry.

You can contact Steve through his website

If you have a question, comment or other suggestion about the podcast, leave a message in the space below.

Chemists Corner is a podcast about cosmetic science and is broadcast to help educate, entertain, and inspire current and future cosmetic scientists. The information and opinions discussed on Chemists Corner are those of the hosts and the guests alone. They do not necessarily reflect those of any past, present or future employers.


About the Author

Perry Romanowski

Perry has been formulating cosmetic products and inventing solutions to solve consumer problems since the early 1990’s. Additionally, he has written and edited numerous articles and books, taught continuing education classes for industry scientists, and developed successful websites. His latest book is Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry 3rd Edition published by Allured.


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    Rajat Narang

    Hey Vinita,

    It is MS now, I guess no more MA….secondly , the course is well recognised by the industries. You have well recognised people taking lectures, especially Steve Herman, Arthur Georgalas, Mihaela Gorcia and John Carson, experts in their respective field giving you insight of the cosmetic industry.

    Job prospects are more as compared to other fields…but generally personal care industries pick students mostly from chemical engineering background most of the times (seen from personal experience).



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    Vinita Jayant


    I will complete my B.Pharm degree in 2011.

    I am interested in taking the MA in Cosmetic Science Course from FDU.

    I have a few doubts:
    1.How is the MA in Science different from an MS degree?
    2.What should my GRE, TOEFL and overall GPA be to gain admission?
    3.What are the chances of getting a job after the course?
    4.Is the course well recognized by the industry since this course is rare?

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