Students in Michigan may choose to earn an education in cosmetology leading to the award of a certificate or an associate's degree. Individual courses and career-focused training programs are also available. Some of the schools below prepare students for the cosmetology licensure exam, while others are aimed at current cosmetologists looking to advance their careers. All programs include hands-on training in the trade and many incorporate practicum or work experiences with real clients.
Over 40 cosmetology programs are available in Michigan, but only 8 schools are non-profit options.
University Center-based Delta College, which is situated in the tri-cities area of Bay City, Midland and Saginaw, offers an associate's degree program in cosmetology management. Currently licensed Michigan cosmetologists can receive credits towards this associate's degree. Students can take additional courses in macroeconomics, law, government, accounting, computers, small business management, ethics, business math and communications.
Gogebic Community College
Located in Ironwood, Gogebic Community College offers several programs related to cosmetology. Students may take a 1,500-hour cosmetology certificate program, which prepares students for cosmetology licensure and covers topics like hair cutting, hair coloring, scalp treatments, waxing and nail care. A 400-hour manicuring program explores various nail procedures, including manicures and pedicures. For those who are already licensed cosmetologists, refresher courses on various topics for cosmetologists are offered, in addition to a 500-hour instructor's training program.
Kirtland Community College
Roscommon's Kirtland Community College offers cosmetology certificate and associate's degree programs that prepare students for licensure. In addition to developing basic cosmetology skills, those seeking the associate's degree must take courses in accounting, business, salon management, English composition, government, humanities, social science, algebra and science. Enrollment dates are regularly offered, allowing full-time students more flexibility. High school students are also allowed to enroll in the program if they meet certain qualifications.
Montcalm Community College
Sidney-based Montcalm Community College offers an associate's degree program in cosmetology management, which trains students to manage a salon or own a business. Currently licensed Michigan cosmetologists may apply as many as 29 credits towards this degree.
Mott Community College
Situated in Flint, Mott Community College offers 3 types of training programs for cosmetology professionals. A cosmetic services certificate program is available with training in esthetics or skin care. In addition to esthetics classes, students in this program study business math, management and computers. A cosmetology certificate program is also offered, requiring theory and lab work that provides the 1,500 hours needed for licensure. Cosmetology students must develop a portfolio based on their personal strengths and gain supervised practice in a public salon.
This school also provides a certificate program for cosmetology/nail technology/esthetics instructors. The program includes 500 training hours that can prepare students to apply for a cosmetology instructor license. Individuals who already have instructor licensing in one of these areas, along with experience, may apply 7 credits towards this program.
Northern Michigan University
Located in the Upper Peninsula, Marquette's Northern Michigan University offers a certificate program in cosmetology. In addition to technical classes ranging from cosmetology fundamentals to master-level cosmetology, students also complete a health promotion class pertaining to physical well being. Students must provide additional materials like smocks and equipment. Licensed cosmetologists are also eligible for a cosmetology instructor training diploma program. Required study in this diploma program includes the theory and practice of cosmetology fundamentals, supervision and administration.
Oakland Community College
Located in Bloomfield Hills, this community college has several degree offerings related to the cosmetology field. Aspiring cosmetologists may enroll in an associate's degree program in cosmetology with a stylist option, which also includes supporting classes in basic design, interpersonal communication, business math and salesmanship, in addition to cosmetology skills training. A cosmetology associate's degree program with a management option is also available to licensed cosmetologists. Individuals can study accounting, small business operation, business law and communications.
This Livonia-based school offers a 1-year associate's degree program in cosmetology management for practicing, licensed cosmetologists. Students complete study in the areas of human relations, small business organization, business math, communications, accounting, technical writing, speech, social science, biology, computers and humanities. Credits earned during a standard cosmetology program can be applied to this program once students have earned 15 credits.
Cosmetologists in Michigan must attain licensing through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. To receive a license, applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have a 9th grade education or its equivalent. They must also complete 1,500 hours of cosmetology training at a licensed school or serve a 2-year approved apprenticeship. In addition, applicants are required to pass a written and practical state board examination.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Cosmetology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Delta College||2-year, public; rural||Associate of Business Studies in Cosmetology Management|| $3,395 (in-district)*
|Gogebic Community College||2-year, public; rural|| Cosmetology Certificate of Completion,
Teacher's Training Program,
Refresher/Brush-Up Cosmetology Courses
| $4,344 (in-district)*
|Kirtland Community College||2-year, public; rural|| Cosmetology Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology
| $3,725 (in-district)*
|Montcalm Community College||2-year, public; rural||Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology Management|| $3,540 (in-district)*
|Mott Community College||2-year, public; midsized city|| Cosmetics Services Certificate,
Cosmetology/Nail Technology/Esthetics Instructor Certificate
| $3,668 (in-district)*
|Northern Michigan University||4-year, public; remote town|| Cosmetology Certificate,
Cosmetology Instructor Diploma
| $9,620 (in-state)*
|Oakland Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology Stylist,
Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology Management
| $2,745 in-district
|Schoolcraft College||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology Management|| $3,564 (in-district)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator.