Cosmetic Engineering Option

Our Cosmetic Engineering Option — the first cosmetic science program of its kind in the country — is available to all graduate chemical engineering students.

Ranging from long-lasting mascara and lush lipsticks to luxe polishes and shimmering eye shadows, cosmetics products draw on the most advanced technologies to create a dynamic pallet. This growing industry demands the highest levels of preparation from our graduates.

The option includes four unique courses that were developed in collaboration with cosmetics giants including L’Oreal, Revlon, Cosmetic Essence and Avon. They are designed to prepare students for the cosmetic field as well as the pharmaceutical and food industries:

  • Emulsion technology (CHMG 750)
  • Industrial regulation and quality (CHMG 751)
  • Advanced processing theory (CHMG 752)
  • Advanced processing techniques (CHMG 750)

In addition, students are expected to pick a graduate design project within the cosmetics field. This unique hands-on program creates an engineer with all the tools critical to the industry.

Our graduates have gone on to work for Revlon, Avon, Estee Lauder and L’Oreal. In fact, the department recently entered into an agreement with L’Oreal USA to become one of its feeder schools. Our faculty are committed to pursuing these types of connections to provide the best opportunities possible for students.

Manhattan College undergraduates are eligible to participate in a seamless five-year B.S./M.S. chemical engineering program with an option in cosmetic engineering.

The chemical engineering program at Manhattan College has the best professors anyone could ask for. They care for their students on a level that you cannot even comprehend unless you experience it firsthand. But it’s not necessarily everything you learn from their curriculum. Instead, it is how these professors ’wire’ you to think. There will always be new problems that arise and data that doesn't make sense, however it's all about your ability to problem-solve and come up with solutions. No other department will prepare you better for finding answers to what seem to be the unanswerable questions.

Kim Valentine ’10, Chemical Engineer at Revlon