Where in Michigan Can I Earn a Cosmetology or Beauty School Certification?

Find out which schools in Michigan offer cosmetology or beauty school certification. See program requirements and school information, and learn about admissions and tuition for a cosmetology education in Michigan. Schools offering Culinary Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Cosmetology is a broad field and can prepare you to work as a makeup artist, hair stylist, skin specialist or sales representative for major brands. In Michigan, you will find certificate and diploma programs highly specialized to prepare you for work in the field, and degree programs which include general education coursework concurrent with cosmetology training to complete your degree.

What You Need to Know

In Michigan, you'll find cosmetology certificate programs spanning about 1-2 years and associate's degree programs lasting 4-5 semesters at several 2- or 4-year public schools. These courses of study include practical experience to help you gain Michigan licensing. Select programs offer specializations in areas such as stylist, cosmetology management or cosmetology instructor, and some are made available to high school students, in addition. Keep reading to find out if one of these programs might work for you.

Cosmetology Certificate Programs in Michigan

Kirtland Community College

The cosmetology certificate program at Kirtland Community College prepares you to sit for the Michigan state licensing exam and provides training for employment in beauty salons. The program is also open to high school students. Credits earned in this program can be applied toward earning your Associate in Applied Science degree.

  • Program Name: Cosmetology Certificate of Completion
  • Program Length: 37.5 credit hours or 13 months full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,725 per year for in-district residents; $4,955 per year for state residents; $7,625 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 1,800 undergraduate students

Northern Michigan University

The cosmetology certificate program at Northern Michigan University can prepare you for numerous occupations in the broad field of cosmetology, such as makeup artist, hair stylist, nail technician, skin care specialist and manufacturer's representative. The program will prepare you to sit for the Michigan licensing exam and requires the completion of 65 course credits that includes 1,500 hours of practical experience to earn the certificate. The university also offers career planning services and job search assistance.

  • Program Name: Cosmetology Certificate
  • Program Length: 65 credits or around 4 semesters full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $9,620 per year for state residents; $15,020 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 8,800 students (8,000 undergraduates)

Cosmetology Diploma Program in Michigan

Northern Michigan University

The cosmetology instructor diploma program at Northern Michigan University covers methods of instruction, state law pertaining to cosmetology, cosmetology school administration and record keeping. The curriculum includes both theoretical and practical courses, covering topics in cosmetology fundamentals, supervision and administration. A limited-license instructor program, which allows you to earn fewer credits, is also available at this school.

  • Program Name: Cosmetology Instructor Diploma
  • Program Length: 18 credits
  • Tuition and Fees: $9,620 per year for state residents; $15,020 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: 2 years of cosmetology experience
  • Admission Requirements: Current Michigan cosmetology license
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 8,800 students (8,000 undergraduates)

Cosmetology Associate Degree Programs in Michigan

Kirtland Community College

Kirtland's associate degree program in cosmetology requires the completion of at least 93 contact hours and is open to high school students, as well as adults. This program prepares you to sit for the state licensing exam and includes general education courses and core cosmetology courses. If you have a current cosmetology license, the school may grant you some credits earned for cosmetology courses. The curriculum also includes introductory business, salon management and accounting courses.

  • Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology
  • Program Length: 60 credits
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,725 per year for in-district residents; $4,955 per year for state residents; $7,625 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 1,800 undergraduate students

Montcalm Community College

Completing the associate degree program in cosmetology management prepares you to sit for the state licensing board exam. You may be able to transfer credits earned in this program toward earning your bachelor's degree. If you already have your cosmetology license and desire further education, you may be able to apply a maximum of 29 credits previously earned to the program. In addition to cosmetology training and general education courses, the program includes business training designed to prepare you to manage a salon or start your own cosmetology business.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology Management
  • Program Length: 5 semesters full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,540 per year for in-district residents; $6,150 per year for state residents; $8,580 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 1,800 undergraduate students

Oakland Community College

Oakland Community College grants 30 credits earned in the cosmetology program if you're enrolled in the management track and have completed any of the following requirements: 1,500 hours at an accredited cosmetology school, 1,500 hours with license at a non-accredited school certified by the state or 1,200 hours with license plus 3 years of experience. Otherwise, you need to complete 30 credits of cosmetology core coursework for either track. The management track also includes additional business courses, such as small business operations, business law and accounting. In the stylist track, you can expect to take supplemental courses in communication methods, business math and salesmanship.

  • Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology
  • Specialization Areas: Stylist, management
  • Program Length: 62 credits
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,745 per year for in-district residents; $5,235 per year for state residents; $7,305 per year for nonresidents (costs as of 2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 24,000 undergraduate students

Certificate programs in cosmetology can be found at Kirtland Community College and Northern Michigan University; a diploma program is offered at Northern Michigan University for cosmetology instructors; and associate's degree programs in cosmetology are offered through Kirtland, Montcalm Community College and Oakland Community College.

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