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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 31-502-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Cosmetology Diploma


Use your talents to work in the cosmetology profession. This program, which is in compliance with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, can be completed in one year to 18 months, including attendance in summer. Graduates are eligible to take the state board licensing examination.

Employment prospects for cosmetologists are excellent.

Additional program details: Develop the skills, including a wide range of hair services, nail services and customer service abilities, needed to enter the cosmetology profession. Keys to your success are effective speaking and listening skills, the ability to work well with others, strong customer service focus, organization and time management skills, and good manual dexterity. An artistic sense and the ability to visualize hairstyles are important. You must be able to work efficiently under pressure, and sell products and services.

Note: In addition to tuition and textbooks, students must purchase a tool/equipment kit, approximately $1,500. 
For information about the Cosmetologist apprenticeship, visit the apprenticeships page.



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Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
BARCOS-300 Shampoo and Scalp Treatments ‡ 2
BARCOS-301 Men’s Haircut 1 ‡ 2
BARCOS-302 Women’s Haircut 1 ‡ 2
BARCOS-304 Permanent Wave ‡ 2
BARCOS-306 Esthetics 1 ‡ 2
BARCOS-307 Esthetics 2 ‡ 1
BARCOS-309 Chemical Relaxing ‡ 2
BARCOS-310 Hair Tinting ‡ 2
BARCOS-314 Hairstyle 1 ‡ 2
BARCOS-315 Hairstyle 2 ‡ 2
MATH-304 Math Principles 1 1
BARCOS-303 Men’s Haircut 2 ‡ 2
BARCOS-305 Women’s Haircut 2 ‡ 2
BARCOS-308 Nail Services ‡ 2
BARCOS-312 Advanced Color ‡ 1
BARCOS-313 Hair Color Correction ‡ 1
BARCOS-317 Barber/Cosmetology Theory ‡ 1
BARCOS-319 Natural Haircare and Braiding ‡ 1
BARCOS-320 Client Services 1 ‡ 1
BARCOS-323 Client Services 2 ‡ 1
BARCOS-324 Business Skills for Barbers/Cosmetologists 1
BARCOS-326 Client Services 3 ‡ 1
BARCOS-330 Business Management Skills for
Barbers/Cosmetologists ‡
ENG-340 Workplace Communication 2
BARCOS-316 Advanced Style ‡ 1
BARCOS-321 Hair Extensions ‡ 1
BARCOS-327 Client Services 4 ‡ 1
BARCOS-328 Client Services 5 ‡ 1
BARCOS-329 Basic Artificial Nail Concepts ‡ 1
BARCOS-335 State Board Review ‡ 3



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Note: In addition to tuition and textbooks, students must purchase a tool/equipment kit.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Search for available classes now (link) to see course descriptions, class times and locations.

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Perform shampoo, haircut, and style services
  • Perform skin care services
  • Perform chemical services
  • Perform nail services
  • Develop business practices for industry success

Career Outlook

Employment prospects for cosmetologists are excellent. Typical job titles are cosmetologist, hair and scalp specialist, stylist, colorist, manicurist and makeup artist. With additional training, experience and/or licensing, you could become an owner, instructor, manufacturer's representative or guest artist.

Cosmetology Instructor/Educator
Salon Owner
Cosmetology Product Representative

This program is being developed as a Career Pathway. Contact an MATC advisor for information.


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This program is in compliance with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, 4822 Madison Yards Way, Madison, WI 53705; 608-266-2112;


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Last updated: 08/25/2021