Degree Type

36-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

1 or 2 years

Start Date

August / January

How You'll Learn






This program is 1,550 hours and is offered in both part-time and full-time sequences.

Full-time students can:

  • Take classes during the daytime.
  • Complete this program in 10 months.
  • Begin this program in the fall or spring semester.

Part-time students can:

  • Take classes during the evening.
  • Complete this program in two years.
  • Begin this program in the fall semester only.

Those working in cosmetology have a taste for style, helping clients enhance their experience and look their best. Combine theory with practice to study haircutting, styling, color, perm waving, chemical relaxing, and learn about nail and skin care. Learn business aspects of working in a salon, including professional and personal development, communication and Wisconsin law.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2022 Start

  • Submit application by May 16, 2022
  • Complete checklist items by June 13, 2022

Spring 2022 Start

  • Submit application by November 1, 2021
  • Complete checklist items by December 13, 2021

Summer 2022 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Estimated Costs

  • Program iPad (128GB): Purchase through WCTC Bookstore
  • Cosmetology Kit: $2,100

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Admissions Advisor.


Program Details

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If you enjoy experimenting with hair and nail techniques, have a creative eye and strong people skills, a career in cosmetology may be for you. Those in this field need to have good manual dexterity and stamina as they stand for long stretches of time, and they perform specialty services that require attention to detail.

  • Hair Stylist
  • Cosmetologist
  • Spa Services Provider
  • Makeup Artist
  • Cosmetology Retail Sales

$21,400 – $42,000 annually, plus potential commission and tip opportunities

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique?


WCTC's Style & Class Salon and Spa is a full-service salon that is part of the Cosmetology program. Students learn in this hands-on environment by servicing guests.


Graduates of this program have achieved a 100% pass rate on the Wisconsin State Licensing Exam for Cosmetology since 2009.


Participate in hair shows, community service, and industry-sponsored events to begin developing your professional network for employment.

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