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Cosmetology Program

Technical Diploma│1 Year│41 Credits│Fond du Lac Campus │ Eligible for Financial Aid

Be a trendsetter and let your creative side shine with a technical diploma in Cosmetology from Moraine Park Technical College.

Cut, style and polish your way to a successful and in-demand career with the Cosmetology program at Moraine Park! The Cosmetology program is perfect for creative, artistic people who enjoy working with people. Students start with basics skills in the classroom, then advance to perfecting their skills by working with real clients in Techniques Salon & Spa on the Fond du Lac Campus; a full-service salon and spa where students provide hair, skin and nail services.

As a cosmetologist, students are licensed to perform all cosmetology, barbering, aesthetic, and nail technician services. Students are prepared to take the Wisconsin NIC Cosmetology Licensing Exam and upon graduation begin working as a cosmetologist.

Whether it’s a trendy color service, a beautifying facial, or spa manicures and pedicures, Cosmetology students are trained with all necessary skills to provide high quality salon services. Students learn the latest techniques, hear from industry artists and attend local beauty shows.

Students in the Cosmetology program must have stamina to stand for long periods of time. Class attendance is crucial to student success.

Program start dates are scheduled for August and January of each academic year. This is a full-time, 12 month program, including summer.  The standard schedule is Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Students must be accepted into the program prior to enrolling in the courses. All fees must be paid prior to program start. Class size is limited to the first 20 paid students. Early enrollment is encouraged. Students are strongly encouraged to get on the waiting list, if necessary. As class space becomes available, wait-list students are offered the spots.

Due to high demand, MPTC is accepting Cosmetology admission applications for Spring 2025 & Fall 2025. Applications for Fall 2024 are now closed.

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cosmetologist
  • Platform Artist
  • Salesperson
  • Manager
  • Consultant
  • Spa Services
  • Makeup Artist
  • Skin Care
  • Product Educator
  • Aesthetician
  • Nail Technician
  • Salon Owner/Establishment Owner
  • Instructor
  • Barbering
  • Product Development
  • Brand Development
  • Marketing

Median Salary for Recent Graduates: $25,343

Cosmetology student coloring a strand of hair.

Consider earning a certificate along this pathway.

Course Requirements

Course requirements are subject to change. Visit our catalog for up-to-date information.

Course Highlights

  • Highlighting and Corrective Color
  • Facials/Skin Structure and Its Disorders
  • Salon Operations
  • More

Moraine Park’s admissions starts with the online application. The admissions steps and financial aid process can take 4-5 weeks for some programs, so plan ahead.

View and begin standard admissions steps.

If you have any questions or need help with the process, please contact us at  admissions@morainepark.edu OR 920-924-3200, TTY/VP:Use Relay VRS.

Estimated Costs

Estimated costs below are based on the 2023-2024 school year. These fees look at the cost to complete all classes. Costs, textbooks and supplies subject to change. For more details, see Cost of Attendance.


Current tuition and fees

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*Based on new books, rental, electronic, and used options may be available.

*Tuition includes the cost of the required Cosmetology kit.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors such as total credits required, textbooks and the financial aid you receive. Some programs have additional costs such as uniforms, technology and equipment.

Please refer to the Tuition & Fee Information for enrollment fee information.

Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance (sometimes referred to as the “sticker price”) is the maximum amount of money it costs to attend college for one year and is used to determine your financial aid offering.

While attending Moraine Park during the 2023-24 school year, your estimated cost of attendance for one full year includes tuition of $4,375 (15 credits for fall and spring semester), fees of $338, food and housing of $4,052 (if living with parents, $9,614 if living on your own), books and supplies of $2,061, personal expenses of $2,245, and transportation of $2,007 for a total of $15,161. Your direct costs (those costs paid directly to the college) include tuition & fees. The indirect costs (costs not paid to the college) can vary from individual to individual and your own personal needs.

State Licensure Disclosure: Moraine Park’s Cosmetology program prepares students to obtain the educational requirements for licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. No determination has been made if the curriculum matches the educational requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states. Visit the Accreditation page for more details about accreditation.

Licensing Organization: Department of Safety and Professional Services

Note: Students must purchase cosmetology supply kits, smocks and books for this program, available through the Online Bookstore.

High school dual credit provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school, without leaving their high school classroom. The courses are taught by certified high school instructors using technical college curriculum, grading policies and textbooks.

Has previous life experience already helped you build knowledge and skills applicable to your studies? Applying previously earned credits to a program of study can save you both time spent in the classroom and money spent on tuition and fees.

Transferring here is easy! You can transfer in prior college work by submitting official college transcripts or get a free transcript review.

Financial Aid is provided to aid eligible associate degree and technical diploma programs with 28 credits or more. Processing can take 4-6 weeks after a student’s completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received.

In this program, you will be charged for 2 credits of tuition for the course College 101.  For financial aid purposes, this will count as 1 credit.  If you enroll in less than full time credits for the semester you select to take this in, it will impact the amount of aid you are eligible to receive.  Please work with your advisor to create the course schedule that will best meet your needs.

Our recruiters on any of the three campuses are ready to help you plan your future!