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About Our Cosmetology Program

Cosmetology is both an art and a science fueled by passion and a desire to help others. At Minnesota School of Cosmetology, we are dedicated to helping our cosmetology school students develop a solid foundation and a flair for style through hands-on training in basic and advanced industry techniques.

College students will learn how to cut, color and style hair, give manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments and perform various makeup and skin care techniques from industry-experienced instructors in a professional salon setting. We keep our class sizes small to make sure college students get the individualized instruction they need and attention you deserve. College students will graduate with everything they need to be a versatile artist in an exciting industry, including a cosmetology program diploma from a respected college.

Student Outcome Disclosure

Of course, learning the proper skills and latest techniques are at the heart of your education. Here is a sample of the skills college students will acquire:

Hair Care

  • Haircutting, styling and design
  • Hair coloring, foiling and chemical texturizing
  • Corn rows, wraps/bumps, updos and braiding
  • Flat ironing and deep conditioning
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Nail Care

  • Nail structure and growth
  • Basic and spa manicures and pedicures
  • Nail tips and sculpted nails
  • UV gels and nail art
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Skin Care

  • Spa facials, masks and enzyme peels
  • Skin structure, growth and nutrition
  • Makeup theory and application
  • Hair removal
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Advanced Techniques

  • Fading, texturizing and cutting to enhance facial features
  • Three-color applications and advanced color placement
  • Runway and special occasion makeup
  • Extensions, weaves and era-specific styling methods
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At Minnesota School of Cosmetology, we know life can be a balancing act. That is why we offer four convenient scheduling options:

  • Full-time (35 hours per week): Classes M-F 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Half-time (18.5 hours per week): Classes T, W, TH 6-9:30 p.m. & SAT 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Each Minnesota School of Cosmetology student is required to complete the following number of clinical hours and services exercises in order to graduate:

Clinical Instruction
Service Exercises: 
Scalp & Hair Conditioning
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Hair Design Shaping
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Chemical Hair Control*
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Hair Coloring
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Hair Styling
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Facials & Makeup
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Total Clinical
Related Theory & Lab

Career Overview

Whether your passion is hair, makeup, skin care, nails or even business, a Cosmetology license can open many career opportunities within the beauty and fashion industry. Many of our cosmetology graduates find a specialty within the salon industry. Others become self-employed, and some follow a business track working as a sales representative for various product lines or owning or managing a salon.


Employment Rate

* The employment rate is a compilation of all Minnesota School of Cosmetology graduates placement rates for this program.  Employment rates were calculated for, and the school is accredited by, the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts Sciences (NACCAS).  The employment rate includes students completing between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

Salary Range *

Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
10th Percentile: $17,620
25th Percentile: $19,150
50th Percentile: $23,660

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
10th Percentile: $19,420
25th Percentile: $27,750
50th Percentile: $53,230

Manicurists and Pedicurists
10th Percentile: $18,260
25th Percentile: $19,070
50th Percentile: $20,820

Skincare Specialists
10th Percentile: $18,310
25th Percentile: $21,390
50th Percentile: $30,090

* This annual salary data is taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for this job title. The 10th percentile indicates the bottom 10 percent of earners make less than that figure annually; the 25th percentile means the bottom quarter of workers earn less than the number; and the 50th percentile shows the median income for the profession. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected employment growth rates for 2014–2024.

Job Growth *

Average for All Occupations – 7% increase
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists - 10% increase
Manicurists and Pedicurists - 10% increase
Skincare Specialists - 12% increase

* The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected employment growth rates for 2014–2024.

Career Directions

  • Apprentice Stylist
  • Associate Designer
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Chemical Tech
  • Color Expert Makeup Artist
  • Colorist
  • Cosmetologist
  • Esthetician
  • Hair Designer
  • Hair Stylist/Color Specialist
  • Master Hair and Makeup Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Owner
  • Store Manager
  • Stylist
  • Wax Specialist

* These are some of the positions our Cosmetology graduates have gotten: January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2013


  • A La Mode Boutique & Nail Spa
  • Spalon Montage
  • Blast Blow Dry Bar
  • Moxie Salon
  • City Looks
  • JUUT
  • Fantastic Sams
  • JC Penney Salon
  • Marc Daniel Salon
  • Massage Envy
  • Phresh Spa and Salon
  • Regis Salon
  • Rita Ambourne
  • Rocco Altobelli
  • Solimar Wellness Spa
  • Great Clips

* These are some of the companies that have hired our graduates: January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2013

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10-Month Cosmetology Diploma

5-Month Massage Therapy Certificate

5-Month Esthiology Certificate

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