Careers: Master of Science in Cosmetic Science

Careers: Master of Science in Cosmetic Science
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What You Can do with a Master’s Degree in Cosmetic Science

Cosmetic science is a multidisciplinary science rooted in bioscience, materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, colloid and surface science, microbiology, toxicology, and imaging, measurements, and modeling.  Our comprehensive program covers all aspects of cosmetic science and will open up opportunities in cosmetic, personal care, chemical, and even pharma companies and associated testing organizations.

Whether you are a dermatologist, MD, scientist, researcher, chemist, or even a scientific-driven marketer learning about the science of the field, a master’s degree in cosmetic science will put you on a trajectory for success in a booming industry.

Growth and career opportunities in this field are exciting. The cosmetic and personal care industry is expected to grow from a $500 billion dollar industry in 2020 to a trillion-dollar industry by 2030.

Graduates earning their MS in Cosmetic Science move on to successful careers in various roles. Below you will find career outlook, and wage data from BLS for similar roles.

Occupation Median Wage Projected Growth
Chemists $80,670 4-7%
Materials Scientists $104,380 4-7%
Chemical Engineers $106,260 11%
Materials Engineers $100,140 4-7%

Given the scope and success of this growing industry, cosmetic science careers that benefit from the program include:

  • Clinical Testing and Instrumentation
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Cosmetic Chemists and Scientists
  • Cosmetic Technology
  • Fragrance Formulation and Testing
  • Hair Care Scientist
  • Product manufacturing and development
  • Quality assurance/control
  • Research and Development
  • Skin Care Formulation

Students and faculty represent some of the leading cosmetics, personal care, and pharmaceutical companies in the world including:

  • L’Oréal
  • Unilever
  • Estée Lauder
  • P&G
  • Johnson & Johnson
Masters in Cosmetic Science Graduate Testimonial
“I loved the program and was able to take away a lot of useful information that related directly to my career choice. I use the information I obtained in this program on an almost daily basis.”

Tiffany O.
MS Cosmetic Science Graduate