M.S. in Cosmetic Science

To serve the needs of the large population of cosmetic science professionals in the New York metropolitan area, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Natural Sciences offers a Master of Science in Cosmetic Science.

This program, the first of its kind in New Jersey, was introduced in 1982 as a Master of Arts in Science with a concentration in Cosmetic Science.  The current name, Master of Science in Cosmetic Science, more accurately reflects its scientific content.  This program continues to fulfill the needs of those responsible for creating commercial products in the cosmetics, toiletries, and fragrance industries. It enables practitioners to learn the latest advances in their field and helps students to develop the skills necessary for senior assignments in the cosmetics industry. It is also geared to technologists aspiring to supervisory roles in the laboratory or plant. For those without industrial experience, the program can launch a career in the cosmetic industry.


The majority of students entering this program have already completed an undergraduate BS degree in an allied science; preferably Chemistry or Biology (see Admission Requirements below).  We have a diverse mixture of part-time, full time domestic and full time international students.

For FDU undergraduate students, we offer two accelerated BS/MS programs; a combined BS in Chemistry/MS in Cosmetic Science and a combined BS in Biochemistry/MS in Cosmetic Science.


FDU’s MS in Cosmetic Science program is unique in that it includes a diversified and talented pool of full time and adjunct faculty with industrial experience; many are actively employed within the cosmetic science industries.  Because of this expertise, our program is industry focused and remains current.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree in an allied science (biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or pharmacy); this baccalaureate degree must include a two-semester sequence of Organic Chemistry.  The general Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores must also be submitted along with three letters of recommendation.  A minimum of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent is required for applicants whose native language is not English.

Please note that financial assistance in the form of teaching assistantships and research scholarships is not available.

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To know more about the Cosmetic Science program please contact

James Dougherty

Associate Professor and Associate Director
School of Natural Sciences
Voice: 201-692-2487
Fax: 201-692-7349 
Email: james_dougherty@fdu.edu
Graduate Admissions at grad@fdu.edu or phone: 201-692-2554