2 Semesters (1 Year)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

About the Program

This laboratory-based one-year graduate certificate program combines art, science and business principals for the development of cosmetic products. This program provides an optional work term(s) after completion of your first academic semester.

This program emphasizes chemistry concepts and strategies from raw materials to finished products. Key topics include product development process, global regulations/challenges, biological systems, sales and marketing. It is the only graduate certificate program of its kind in Ontario and focuses on product formulation, cosmetic production and the industry's evolving regulatory industry.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • How to succeed as an entrepreneur in cosmetics
  • Apply the cosmetic development process to manufacture and market a product
  • Modify cosmetic mixtures to create prescribed sensory products
  • Analyzing products to ensure they meet regulatory requirements for sale
  • Create product evaluation strategies for safety and product life

Work Experience

Optional Work Term

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.

Your Career

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of career options that you can explore:

  • Regulatory affairs associate
  • Quality assurance associate
  • Research and development chemist
  • Cosmetic formulation chemist