University of Cincinnati adds a new degree program for cosmetic scientists

By Deanna Utroske

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In February, UC announced a new option, in partnership with the chemical engineering department, for master’s degree students interested in cosmetic science.

The Ohio school has been educating cosmetic scientists with degree programs in its pharmaceutical science department since the 1970s.

Dual degree options for cosmetic science

The University of Cincinnati offers several degree options in cosmetic science, including conventional MS and PhD programs.

This latest beauty science degree offering is a dual degree option in chemical engineering and cosmetic science. “We usually have a number of chemical engineering students who are interested in careers related to cosmetic science,” ​says Stephen Thiel, Director of the undergraduate chemical engineering program at UC, who’s quoted in a UC news post about the new program.

“And,” ​he adds, “I’m thrilled to have this new opportunity for them.” ​BS-MS students in the new program will study chemical engineering as usual and add cosmetic course work to their schedule in their third year, according to the UC news post. Students in the new program will also have the option of having their work-experience co-op semesters be focused on cosmetics as well.  

Beauty science is always multidisciplinary

“Cosmetic science is a multidisciplinary area that requires expertise in a wide range of disciplines such as chemistry, chemical engineering, biological sciences, human studies, formulation science, toxicology and human and environmental safety,”​ explains Kavssery Ananthapadmanabhan (Ananth), Professor and Director of the Cosmetic Science Program at UC’s Winkle College of Pharmacy.

And UC’s newest dual degree program, he says, is one more way to get ready for future work opportunities in the beauty industry: “The new BS-MS program prepares our graduates with expertise in all the relevant areas so that they can hit the ground running.”

Info session happening today

The University of Cincinnati is hosting a launch event for the new cosmetic science degree today, March 5, at 2pm in the Kowalewski Hall Auditorium at 3255 Eden Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Or, for more information reach out to Stephen Thiel at guvryf@hp.rqh​ or Annath at nanaguxl@hp.rqh​.



Deanna Utroske is a leading voice in the cosmetics and personal care industry as well as in the indie beauty movement. As Editor of the news website, she writes daily articles about the business of beauty in the Americas region and regularly produces video interviews with cosmetics, fragrance, personal care, and packaging experts as well as with indie brand founders.

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