FAQ

What is cosmetics engineering? [+]

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.

What characteristics make a good cosmetics engineer? [+]

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.

Is cosmetics engineering a major? [+]

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.

Can undergraduate students pursue the Cosmetics Engineering option or get a certificate? [+]

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.

Will it take any longer to get a master’s degree with the Cosmetics Engineering option? [+]

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.

Do I have to be a chemical engineer to study for the Cosmetics Engineering option? [+]

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.

What courses do I have to take to fulfill the Cosmetics Engineering option? [+]

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:

  • Emulsion technology

  • 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.

Is cosmetics engineering the only thing the specialized classes are good for? [+]

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.

What kind of companies are looking for cosmetics engineers? [+]

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.

How long will it take me to finish my degree? [+]

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.

What are my chances of finding a job? [+]

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.

Why is Manhattan College offering a Cosmetics Engineering option? [+]

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.

How is the Cosmetics Engineering option different than cosmetology or even cosmetic science? [+]

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.

Is there any financial help available for studying the Cosmetics Engineering option? [+]

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.

What if I am a returning professional wishing to take the Cosmetics Engineering option? [+]

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.