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About the Program

Cosmetology is a creative field that often attracts entrepreneurs who want to start their own business and work in close contact with people. At Minuteman Technical Institute, adult cosmetology students earn the 1,000 hours of instruction necessary to qualify to take the state licensing exam. The program offers a mix of classroom and hands-on work with customers from the public in The Salon @ Minuteman. Students must have controlled finger dexterity and the ability to do precise work. Good interpersonal skills are also very important. Students will receive their OSHA 10-hour certification (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and a CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification.

An MTI cosmetology student works with a salon customer

Course Content

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Professional Image
  • Infection Control (Bacteriology)
  • Manicuring (Nail Structure)
  • Nail Disease & Disorders
  • Shampooing, Rinsing & Conditioning
  • Skin Diseases & Disorders (Skin Structure)
  • Haircutting
  • Cells and Tissues
  • Skeletal Systems; Muscular Systems
  • Nervous Systems; Circulation System
  • Fingerwaving (Hairstyling)
  • Body Systems
  • Facials
  • Facial Massage
  • Hair Removal
  • Chemical Hair Relaxing (soft curl perm)
  • Chemistry
  • Wigs
  • Makeup

Career Prospects

Job growth projection for cosmetologists, including barbers and hairstylists, is predicted to increase by 12%, significantly higher than the national average. Demand for hair coloring, hair straightening, and other advanced hair treatments has risen in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the coming decade.



  • August 14, 2023-June 27, 2024
  • 1,000-Hour Program
  • Mondays-Thursdays from 4:30-10:00 PM
  • Days and times are subject to adjustment.

In addition to classroom time, students are required to participate in online course work.

Industry Certifications

  • MTI Cosmetology Certificate
  • OSHA 10-Hour Cosmetology Safety Certification
  • First Aid/CPR AED
  • Eligible for Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology Operator's License

Career Pathways

  • Colorist
  • Hair Extension Technician
  • Hair Stylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Manicurist
  • Platform Artist
  • Salon Owner

Career Salaries

  • $23,000+
    • Entry Level Salary
  • $45,000+
    • Potential Salary
  • $31,770
    • 2017 Median Salary
  • 12%
    • Job Growth Rate

*Salary information provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics and Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development