• 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.


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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.


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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Cosmetology Diploma
Locations: Wadena

Cosmetology (North Dakota) Certificate
Locations: Wadena

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Meet the faculty

Bobbie Bernstetter

Cosmetology Faculty
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Darlene Weibye

Cosmetology Faculty
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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


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: June 27th, 2017 at 01:55pm