Seneca Polytechnic

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Cosmetic Science

Seneca Polytechnic

Degree:Certificate; Co-op
Field of Study:Industrial and Physical Pharmacy and Cosmetic Sciences (MS, PhD)
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,320
International: $16,544


The Cosmetic Science Program is a full year, three semester, laboratory based program that combines the art, science and business elements used in the development of cosmetic products. As the only Cosmetic Science graduate certificate program in Ontario, it focuses on product formulation and cosmetic production while emphasizing the industry's evolving regulatory environment. Students may obtain an industry specific four month work term after completion of their first academic semester. The program emphasizes formulation chemistry concepts and strategies from raw materials to finished products. The product development process, global regulations/challenges, sales and marketing, biological systems and claims substantiation as well as sensory evaluation are key topics within the program. On completion of the program, graduates may find employment in the research and development, laboratory or regulatory areas of suppliers, manufacturers and distributors of cosmetic products and ingredients as well as governmental regulatory bodies.

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment. The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility. Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    - Ontario university/college degree, or three-year college diploma, or equivalent in Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, or a related field.
    - English proficiency at the postsecondary level.
    Test Scores:
    • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based)

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on May 17, 2021