The fully online Master of Science in Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program will provide advanced education on ingredient selection, design and formulation techniques and cosmetic industry trends and regulations.
The 30-credit program, which has been in development for a year, received final approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education in late October.
The college also received approval for a fully online 12-credit-hour graduate certificate for those with a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, UToledo will offer a four-plus-one pipeline program for undergraduate face-to-face students to continue their education and graduate with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.
Gabriella Baki, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutics and director of the undergraduate program at UToledo, described the bachelor’s program as a blend of art, science and business that prepares students to design, produce, test and market cosmetics and personal care products.
In the master’s degree, students will dive deeper into cosmetic science, focusing on emerging topics within the industry, such as sustainability and the skin microbiome, per the Univeristy of Toledo.
“Finding ways to develop products that won’t disrupt healthy skin’s natural microbiome is a scientific area that’s still evolving but it’s important for students to be introduced to it and understand where science is today,” Baki said. “There are topics we only scratch the surface of in the bachelor’s program that we’ll be able to devote full courses to in the master’s program.”
The program will begin enrolling students for the Master of Science in Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design Program for May 2024.