Start Your Career as a Cosmetologist

About the Program

The Cosmetology Program is a one-year program of study designed to lead to a diploma. The instructional program provides training in the theory, skills, and salon ethics that are required to become a licensed cosmetologist. Students practice techniques in a supervised salon setting.

Career Opportunities

With a license in cosmetology, you will be qualified to work as a:

  • Hair stylist
  • Hair color artist
  • Facialist or esthetician
  • Waxer
  • Manicurist

Degree Requirements and Licensing

The Curriculum is designed to comply with the standards of the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology, with the requirement of 1500 clock hours of instruction for students. Upon satisfactory completion of the program of study, a student will be eligible to request an examination by the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology to become a licensed Cosmetologist in the state of Mississippi.

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is preparatory for employment upon graduation from MGCCC. Where a transfer to four-year college or university is desired, a conference should be scheduled with a MGCCC advisor.

License #510549 / Registration #08-135 (George County Center) and License #519406 / Registration #08-11943 (West Harrison County Center)


There is an additional application process for admission into the cosmetology program which is based on the date of cosmetology application and slot availability. Applicants must provide two official high school or high school equivalency transcripts.

ACCUPLACER assessment with Algebra score of 231; Reading and Writing score of 474; or Enhance ACT English, Reading, and Math minimum of 16 in each section.

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Cosmetology Coursework

Cosmetology Certificate

Semester One

Course Credit(s)
COV 1122 - Cosmetology Orientation 2
COV 1245 - Cosmetology Sciences I 5
COV 1255 - Cosmetology Sciences II 5
COV 1426 - Hair Care I 6
COV 1522 - Nail Care I 2
LLS 1721 - Employment Readiness 1

Semester Two

Course Credit(s)
COV 1622 - Skin Care I 2
COV 1632 - Skin Care II 2
COV 1436 - Hair Care II 6
COV 1532 - Nail Care II 2
COV 1722 - Salon Business I 2
COV 1732 - Salon Business II 2
COV 1263 - Cosmetology Sciences III 3

Total Credits: 39/40

Cosmetology Diploma

Semester Three

Course Credit(s)
COV 1443 - Hair Care III 3
COV 1642 - Skin Care III 2
COV 1542 - Nail Care III 2

Total Credits: 7

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Semester Four

Course Credit(s)
ENG 1113 / 1114 English Composition I or ENG 1033 Technical English 3/4
SPT 1113 - Public Speaking I or LLS 1721 - Employment Readiness and SPT 2172 - Interpersonal Communication 3**
Math/Natural Science Elective 3/4*
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3

Total Credits: 15/17


* MAT 1033, MAT 1313 or higher or any laboratory science.

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For information on how to become a student at MGCCC, orientation, registration, and our programs, please call (228) 896-2536 or email

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