Those long-lasting mascaras, glittering eye shadows and high-gloss lipsticks are fascinating materials that require some of the most advanced chemical reactions and processes to manufacture. A Manhattan College cosmetics engineering graduate has received advanced training in the forward thinking engineering required to develop and manufacture these specialized products.
Manhattan College is looking for men and women with an inquisitive spirit, a sharp mind and an interest in the unusual and advanced materials that ‘make-up’ the world of cosmetics.
Cosmetics engineering is being offered as an optional program building on a strong, nationally-rated, traditional core chemical engineering master’s degree. With a solid, traditional foundation and advanced materials training, Manhattan College cosmetics engineers will be uniquely suited to meet the most demanding needs of the cosmetics industry of today and the future.
Cosmetics engineering is only offered at the graduate level. However, undergraduate students can take several of the advanced courses as part of an accelerated B.S./M.S. program that allows students to complete the M.S. in just two semesters beyond the undergraduate degree.
By offering a selection of strong technical electives, Manhattan College has made the Cosmetic Engineering option attainable in the same short time as the traditional chemical engineering degree.
Manhattan College has created a program to prepare students from other technical disciplines for master’s level study in chemical engineering. Prior participants in this program have come from chemistry and mechanical engineering. It will take just a little longer, but graduates of this program will reap the same benefits as those starting with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
After months of intense collaboration with cosmetics giants including L’Oreal, Revlon, Cosmetic Essence and Avon, Manhattan College has created four advanced technology courses that address the specific challenges for making cosmetics:
Industrial regulation and quality
Advanced processing theory
Advanced processing techniques
In addition, students are expected to pick a graduate design project from the cosmetics field. This unique program creates an engineer with all the tools critical to the industry.
Cosmetics engineers use some of the most advanced processing techniques available. The knowledge gained from the four courses central to the Manhattan College Cosmetics Engineering options also can be applied to the pharmaceuticals, food and advanced-coatings industries.
The Cosmetics Engineering certificate program was designed after months of extensive collaboration with L’Oreal, Avon, Revlon and Cosmetic Essence. The course of study was created based on the notes from these meetings. These industry giants expressed a need for graduates with the advanced preparation offered by Manhattan College’s unique program.
The Cosmetics Engineering option doesn’t take any longer to finish than a standard chemical engineering degree. A traditional, post-graduate student should be able to complete the program in three semesters. A student transitioning from a non-chemical engineering, technical undergraduate degree will take a little longer. Current Manhattan College chemical engineering students can take up to two graduate classes in the graduate program as undergraduates, allowing them to finish the master’s program with the Cosmetics Engineering option in just two semesters.
Manhattan College Chemical Engineering has placed our graduates in Revlon, Avon, Estee Lauder and L’Oreal. In fact, the department recently has entered into an agreement with L’Oreal USA as one of their feeder schools. Your faculty will continue to pursue relationships and interactions to provide the best available opportunities possible.
The nationally-ranked Chemical Engineering program at Manhattan College produces traditionally-trained, forward-thinking, creative graduates that go on to success in all areas of industry and academics. Our students have driven the need to explore close ties with advanced fields, including cosmetics. Add in collaboration with industry heavy-hitters Revlon, L’Oreal, Avon and Cosmetic Essence, and you have the formula for a unique program.
The Cosmetics Engineering certificate program at Manhattan College is a technically rigorous program producing traditional chemical engineers with advanced training. Rather than receiving limited training in a subset of processing skills, our graduates are trained to go beyond.
Students qualifying to serve as teaching assistants may receive up to one year of tuition remission. Research assistantships and other funding opportunities may also be available for talented students.
In today’s tough economy, continuing education is a necessity to stay competitive. Manhattan College is an excellent place for continuing education and supports a culture of true, lifelong learning. Returning professionals may choose to obtain a Cosmetic Engineering certificate as they work toward an advanced degree. This five-course certificate is designed with the busy professional in mind. The certificate requires one additional course (product formulation) to go along with the four core cosmetics courses. Product formulation provides a survey of the science of formulation. Typical topics include light, color and haze, particle size, surface analysis, and mixture evaluation.