Cosmetic Science FAQ's

Q: When are the deadlines for applying to the program?

We have rolling admissions so you can apply any time; however, you cannot matriculate (i.e. - be accepted) into the program until all registration materials have been submitted and evaluated.

Q: My undergraduate degree is not in chemistry. Can I still get into this program?

Admission requirements include graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree in an “allied science”. This generally includes biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmacy. Regardless of which subject your degree is in, your background must include a two-semester sequence of Organic Chemistry along with the associated labs.
Q: Can I start taking Cosmetic Science classes before being accepted into the program?
We are no longer accepting students on a non-matriculated basis.
Q: What are the minimum GRE score and minimum undergraduate GPA requirements?
There are no published minimum scores or grades. Each application is evaluated individually and a decision is made based on the entire application packet, which includes GRE scores, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.
Q: I’ve been out of school for a number of years. Do my letters of recommendation have to come from former professors?
No. Letters of recommendation may also be from industry.
Q: I’ve already taken my GMAT’s. Can I submit these scores in place of the GRE’s?
No. You are required to submit GRE scores. Visit for scheduling.
Q: Do you require the Advanced Chemistry GRE?
No only the general GRE exam is required.
Q: Who are the instructors and what are their qualifications?
Most of the classes in the Cosmetic Science program are taught by adjunct faculty who are experts in their field and actively employed within the cosmetic science industries. This allows our program to maintain an industry focus and remain current.
Q. How long does it take to complete the program?
Students typically complete the program within 5 semesters, but there are great variances. Students are unlikely to finish this program in less than 5 semesters mainly due to the course scheduling and availability.
Q: I work full time during the day. Can I complete this program on a part-time basis taking only evening classes?
Many of our students work full time, live within commuting distance, and take classes only part-time. For this reason, Cosmetic Sciences classes run only in the evening. Furthermore, most of the instructors in this program are adjunct faculty who also work full time within the industry and are only available in the evening. Thus, even full time students become evening students by default.
Q: Does FDU offer any graduate research assistantship (RA), teaching assistantships TA) positions, and/or job placement assistance?
The School of Natural Sciences does not have research or teaching assistantships and we do not provide job placement assistance. Full time students, however, will find that your classmates and adjunct faculty working in the Cosmetic Science industry will provide you a network of industry contacts. We have also recently instituted an "Internship/Work Experience" elective to assist students with no industrial experience. Students are also encouraged to visit FDU’s Career Development center.
Q: Are there any courses available during the summer?
Cosmetic science courses and cosmetic science electives are generally not offered during the summer. Note that the program also includes 6 credits of “Free Electives”. Students wishing to take summer classes should search FDU’s “Web Advisor” for availability of approved free electives. Summer is also the best time to find internships.