• Cosmetology

    Get the knowledge and hands-on professional skills to succeed in the people-focused profession of cosmetology. The increasing demand for cosmetology services means a growing number of jobs for cosmetologists with both general and specialized skills.



Choose from a number of varied career opportunities by earning M State's 58-credit diploma in Cosmetology, taught on our Wadena campus by instructors with years of industry experience. Students practice their skills on customers in the campus clinic/salon and can choose to be general cosmetologists or specialize in areas including perming and cutting, hair care and coloring, or skin and nail care.

Clinic hours earned in the campus salon will count toward the 1,550 clinic hours required for a cosmetology license in Minnesota.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Knowledge and technical skills to proficiently perform cosmetology skills
  • Ethical behavior and soft skills for working with patrons, employers and coworkers
  • Professional expectations in cosmetology salons
  • State regulations for cosmetology license holders
  • Cosmetology sanitation and safety procedures
  • Preparation and safe use of salon equipment and supplies
  • Preparation of chemical formulas and knowledge of products used to perform cosmetology services


Why M State

  • An exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction in campus salon
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Scholarships available
  • Opportunities to specialize within cosmetology
  • High placement rate for graduates
  • Annual trip to professional hair shows in region

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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Cosmetology Diploma
Locations: Wadena

Cosmetology (North Dakota) Certificate
Locations: Wadena

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Meet the faculty

Bobbie Bernstetter
Cosmetology Instructor
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Darlene Weibye
Cosmetology Instructor
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Hairdresser, Hairstylist, and Cosmetologist regional wage

Hairdresser, Hairstylist, and Cosmetologist regional wage


Career opportunities

Graduates will find career opportunities as a hair dresser, hairstylist, cosmetologist, barber, or manicurist and pedicurist.

Description: Provide beauty services such as shampooing, cutting, coloring and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal and provide nail and skin care services.

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All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Wadena


Hairdresser, Hairstylist, and Cosmetologist

1,383 Employed in your area

53 Estimated annual job openings

235 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 223 16%
25-34 349 25%
35-44 282 20%
45-54 294 21%
55-64 184 13%
65+ 51 4%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Required Cosmetology courses

  • Shampooing and rinsing
  • Haircutting
  • Hairstyling
  • Properties of the Hair and Scalp
  • Histology of the Skin
  • Facials, Make-up and Hair Removal
  • Nail Structure and Growth
  • Hair Color
  • Principles of Hair Design
  • Chemistry and Electricity
  • Infection Control
  • Minnesota Cosmetology Laws and Rules
  • Artistry in Hairstyling
  • Chemical Texture Services
  • Manicuring/Pedicuring
  • Anatomy of the Head, Face and Neck
  • Advanced Nail Techniques
  • Salon Business
  • Professional Image

Elective courses include

  • Principles and Practices
  • The Art of Clipper Cutting
  • Salon Practicum
  • Nail Art
  • Alexandria Body Sugaring
  • Advanced Skin Treatments

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322


Schedule a Cosmo appointment

Our services are open to the public, and our students will be happy to assist you with your needs. Please call 218-631-7805 for availability and scheduling.

Last modified: November 3rd, 2016 at 09:35am