Michigan beauty schools offer certificate programs as well as associate and bachelor's degree programs that can prepare students for professional licensure. Coursework can vary between programs depending on the length and focus of study. Some programs, such as those that focus on business management, could require applicants to already be licensed cosmetologists. Students can also find programs that offer instructor training or customer relations. Some schools offer flexible scheduling, and programs typically include significant practical experience. Nine of the largest Michigan public and private schools offering cosmetology and barbering programs are profiled below.
Delta College in University Center offers an Associate in Business Studies in Cosmetology Management. This program is designed for licensed cosmetologists who wish to learn how to run their own businesses. Students take courses in small business management, computer concepts, and business ethics. Graduates are prepared to take on positions as salon managers and owners.
Gogebic Community College
This Ironwood school offers a cosmetology certificate program leading to licensure in Michigan. Students learn how to cut, color, style and apply chemical treatments to hair. They also learn about facial manipulations, waxing and scalp, and nail treatments. Students can also opt to take a 500-hour cosmetology teacher-training course or a 400-hour manicurist course.
Kirtland Community College
Kirtland Community College is located in Roscommon and offers programs leading to an Associate in Applied Science and a certificate in cosmetology, both of which prepare graduates for the Michigan State Board of Cosmetology exam. Associate degree students take courses in salon management, accounting, and business. Students need to complete 37.5 credits for the certificate and 60 credits for the associate's degree.
Michigan Barber School, Inc.
Michigan Barber School, Inc. is a small, private school in Detroit that specializes in training barbers and hairstylists. The school's 1,800-hour instruction program can be completed in 14-18 months. The program is designed to meet the requirements of the Michigan State Board of Barber Examiners. Students learn a variety of barbering techniques. Coursework also covers hair and scalp treatments, hygiene, sanitation, bacteriology, barbering history, barbering ethics and barbering rules and laws. Full-time students have a choice of morning or evening classes.
Montcalm Community College
This Sidney school offers an Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology Management program that teaches the skills necessary for owning or managing a beauty shop or salon. Coursework includes small business accounting and small business management along with cosmetology courses.
Mott Community College
Mott Community College in Flint offers several programs for students interested in the beauty industry. The 36-credit-hour cosmetic services certificate program combines lectures, labs and practical experiences to prepare its graduates to take the Michigan State esthetic licensing exam. Students must complete 400 hours of instruction in esthetics theory, applications, and techniques. Courses cover topics in skincare, facials, massage, and make-up.
Basic and advanced cosmetology theories and lab practices are presented in the 72-credit-hour cosmetology certificate program. Students must complete the required 1,500 hours of study to qualify for the Michigan State Board of Cosmetology licensing examination. Topics addressed in the curriculum include hairstyling, haircutting, chemical applications, hair coloring and manicuring. Students apply learned techniques in a professional salon setting.
The school also offers a cosmetology instructor certificate program that prepares students for careers as beauty school instructors. Theory and lab courses focus on teaching techniques, curriculum development, student evaluation, and lesson planning. Completion of this program qualifies students to take state instructor licensing exams.
Northern Michigan University
Located in Marquette, Northern Michigan University offers a 65-credit-hour cosmetology certificate program administered through its School of Technology and Applied Sciences. The curriculum addresses basic, intermediate and advanced cosmetology techniques, theories and applications. Topics include hair shaping, hair coloring, braiding, hair extensions, nail technology, make-up application, and scalp treatments. Students also learn about salon management, head and neck anatomy, cosmetology laws, financial management, and sanitation. Licensed cosmetologists can enroll in an 18-credit hour cosmetology instructor certificate program that covers cosmetology fundamentals, supervision and administration.
Schoolcraft College in Livonia offers an Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology Management. This program is designed for students who have already obtained cosmetology licenses and wish to become salon managers. The program includes courses in communication skills, human services, and small business operation.
Siena Heights University
Siena Heights University is a private Catholic college located in the town of Adrian. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Cosmetology is a degree completion program for students who already possess a cosmetology license. A maximum of 90 semester hours for prior training and licensure in cosmetology will be applied toward the bachelor's degree. This program does not offer training in the student's major area. Instead, students combine their previous training and licensing with liberal arts and management courses at Siena Heights to earn a bachelor's degree.
In Michigan, prospective beauticians and cosmetologists must graduate from a licensed 1,500-hour cosmetology program or complete a 2-year apprenticeship. After completing school, graduates must pass a written and practical examination in order to become licensed cosmetologists. Applicants for an instructor's license must take a written examination only.
Barbers are also required to pass an exam for licensure. In order to become a licensed barber in Michigan, individuals need to complete 2,000 hours of coursework at a licensed barber college.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Beauty and Salon Degree Programs and Certificates Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Delta College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate in Business Studies in Cosmetology Management|| $4,010 in-district
|Gogebic Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Certificate of Completion in Cosmetology|| $4,924 in-district
|Kirtland Community College||2-year, public; remote rural|| Certificate of Completion in Cosmetology,
Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology
| $4,170 in-district
|Michigan Barber School, Inc.||2-year, private, not-for-profit; large city||Barber/Styling Program||$10,788|
|Montcalm Community College||2-year, public; distant rural||Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology Management|| $4,530 in-district
|Mott Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Cosmetic Services Certificate of Achievement,
Cosmetology Certificate of Achievement,
Cosmetology/Nail Technology/Esthetics Instructor Certificate of Achievement
| $4,080 in-district
|Northern Michigan University||4-year, public; remote town|| Cosmetology Instructor Certificate,
| $10,729 in-state
|Schoolcraft College||4-year, primarily associate's, public; small city||Associate in Applied Science in Cosmetology Management|| $3,850 in-district
|Siena Heights University||4-year, private, not-for-profit; distant town||Bachelor of Applied Science in Cosmetology||$27,124|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics