Master Aesthetician

Master Aesthetician

Degree Type

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code


Time to Degree

1.5 years

Start Date


How You'll Learn



Go beyond the basics of aesthetics by learning the skills and techniques needed to perform skin care services in medical settings. This program provides training in advanced skin treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion and various laser treatments. Train to work in plastic surgery, dermatology, medical spas and other medical environments.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2022 Start

  • This program cannot be started in fall.

Spring 2023 Start

  • Submit application by June 27, 2022
  • Complete checklist items by July 25, 2022

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
  • Aesthetician Kit: $1,850
  • State board exam: $400

How To Apply

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

If you have a Wisconsin Aesthetics License and/or a Laser Certification from the National Laser Institute, you are eligible to earn credit for related technical coursework. Learn more


Program Details

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If you’re a good communicator, have an interest in skin care and enjoy working with people to help them look and feel their best, a career as an aesthetician may be for you. Aestheticians perform a variety of services – from facials to laser hair removal to body wraps and much more. Those working in medical settings apply treatments under the supervision of medical professionals.

  • Aesthetician
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Paramedical Aesthetician
  • Oncology Aesthetician
  • Makeup Artist

You must first complete the Aesthetician program in order to apply to this program.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Master Aesthetician program.

$23,600 - $46,800 annually, plus 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?


This program is the first of its kind in the Wisconsin Technical College System. Students are trained to perform aesthetic services in salon, spa and medical settings.


Learn in a hands-on environment by servicing guests in WCTC's Style & Class Salon and Spa and Aesthetics Lab.


Train in chemical exfoliation, IPL hair removal, microdermabrasion, laser treatments, chemical peels, micro-blading and lash extensions while in the program.

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Program Pathway

Earn certificates, technical diplomas and/or industry credentials along this pathway. Start with some courses for entry-level employment, and continue with additional courses for higher wages and job advancement.

Master Aesthetician Pathway

Earn credit for prior learning for the college-level knowledge and skills that you've already acquired through advanced high school classes, previous ollege coursework, self-study, military training work or volunteer experience.

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Associate Degree
  • Master Aesthetician (this program)

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

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High School Dual Credit

Dual enrollment offers high school students an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields while earning college credits.

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Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired through prior coursework, work experience and more.

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Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

There are currently no program specific college credit agreements for Master Aesthetician. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Grand Canyon UniversityAny Bachelors10% tuition discount
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing, Credits Vary, 20% tuition discount
Mount Mary UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Scienceup to 80, and 20%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership-Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-StoutBS ManagementUp to 60, 100% online
UW-WhitewaterBA Arts and Sciences60+
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBS Business Managment and Leadership50-70


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