Certificate and Degree Information

Students may work on a degree or certificate in cosmetology at COD Students who successfully complete 1,500 clock hours (50 credit hours) and pass a practical and written exam will be awarded a certificate from COD. The certificate from COD allows graduates to apply for a cosmetology license from the state.

Cosmetology, Associate in Applied Science
When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. Degree information and the worksheet can be found on the following files:

Information on the certificate listed above can be found on the following file:

Gainful Employment Information
View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.


Contact Information

Lisa Horvatin, Program Advisor
(630) 942-2078

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
(630) 942-2502

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592



Road To Success


Cosmetology Program

A look at College of DuPage's Cosmetology Program.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Mia Boyd

    Mia BoydCosmetology

    “I love helping students discover their talents and strengths. Also, teaching gives me the platform to inspire others to achieve the impossible. I consider it my gift, and I take the opportunity to encourage students to enjoy their craft while remembering that it is a business and that it can be life altering for them, as well as for their clients. My goal in teaching is to help my students become ‘The best of the best OF THE BEST!’ Simply put, I want my students to leave knowing that they are greatness.”

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  • Esther Molfese

    Esther MolfeseCosmetology

    “I tell my students to always invest in their career. Wherever they go, take a class. If you can’t find a class locally, broaden your search, take a vacation and enroll in a class there. Everything in their lives is a learning experience. And I want my students to feel like they have the same knowledge and hands-on experience I have that I’ve shared with them. Their success is so important to me. If they don’t have a job, I want to help them so they can support themselves. I want to show them that this field is like a big umbrella, under which there are a lot of places to find work.”

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  • Jackie Tredup

    Jackie TredupCosmetology

    "My wish list is for each student to enjoy what they do, know that this is a great profession, and have knowledge of the components to other related jobs within the profession."

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  • Beth Beaumont

    Beth BeaumontCosmetology

    "When my students come into my classroom that very first day and don’t know anything about hair, knowing I am the one who is going to mold them into such amazing hair stylists really gets me excited."

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  • Julie Raridon

    Julie RaridonCosmetology

    "I hope my students always remember some of their beginning skills as these will follow you forever, which they then can share with other stylists they meet during their careers."

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  • Lucia DeBartolo

    Lucia DeBartoloCosmetology

    "The field of cosmetology itself has so many possibilities in the workforce that continually educating yourself will keep you abreast in this ever-changing industry."

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