4+1 BS-MS Program in Chemistry and Cosmetic Science

Students majoring in Chemistry have the possibility of completing a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Cosmetic Science in five years instead of the traditional six. The program offers in-depth know-how in applied sciences relevant to the personal care and beauty industry. Areas of academic focus in the program include: skin care, hair care, oral care, deodorants, formulation science, global regulation, green chemistry, clinical testing and trials, fragrance science and more.

The program includes co-op opportunities with global leaders in the beauty and personal care industries such as P&G, Kao and Unilever and more, during the summer months.

As the personal care and beauty industry grows and evolves, demand is increasing for scientists and chemists with advanced, specialized degrees. Students in the BS-MS Chemistry and Cosmetic Science program become strong candidates for traditional consumer personal care companies (P&G, Kao, Unilever, Colgate, Estée Lauder, L’Oréal, Amway etc.); chemical companies that support the industry (BASF, Dow, Solvay, Lubrizol, etc.); and contract research organizations (Hill Top Research Inc., Bioscreen Inc., CyberDERM Inc., etc.).

As part of UC’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, the MS in Cosmetic Science teaches students how safe, effective and environmentally friendly products are scientifically formulated. The program is conducted 100 percent online, and courses are held asynchronously, led by renowned faculty with corporate and academic expertise.

Admission Requirements

BS-MS students enter the program during their sophomore or junior years, and begin taking graduate-level cosmetic science classes as undergraduates. Students may take up to 15 credits before formally entering the MS degree program. (These credits are over and above the 120 credits required for their undergraduate degree.) Advisors and faculty can work with students individually to develop a personalized plan of study (POS).


· A GPA of at least 3.0 upon graduation from undergraduate program

· At least one semester of undergraduate course work in organic Chemistry and Calculus, or related fields; or the equivalent as determined by the graduate program

· For international students, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 90 (internet-based) or 235 (computer-based), or a Duolingo English Test score of at least 105

Also required:

· A completed University of Cincinnati graduate school online application

· At least two letters of recommendation attesting to your academic and professional skills. Letters of recommendation from family, friends, current students, politicians or clergy are not accepted.

· Current, professional resumé

· Statement of Purpose: at least two paragraphs about why you plan to pursue this program and how you plan to use this degree in your career

For more information, contact Dr. K.P. Ananth at 513-558-5856. For more information about the MS degree in Cosmetic Science at UC, please visit: https://online.uc.edu/masters-programs/ms-in-cosmetic-science/