Is there a part-time program?

Classes are offered independently of each other, so students may choose to attend full or part-time to fit their personal schedules.

Must classes be taken in a specific order?

Classes without prerequisites may be taken in any order. Others must be taken sequentially: for example, Cosmetology 16 must be taken before Cosmetology 26, which must be taken before Cosmetology 36.

Is hands-on experience included?

After 200 classroom hours, students can gain practical experience in the Cosmetology Department’s busy on-site salon.

What is the tuition?

Enrollment fees are on a per-unit basis. Current California resident, non-resident and international student fee information is online at and in the class schedule.

Are there additional costs?

Total costs for textbooks, student kits and incidentals are approximately $400.

Is there an AA degree in Cosmetology?

In addition to receiving a Cosmetology Certificate of Completion, students may apply their 12-unit credits towards a Cosmetology Associate Arts degree.

Is financial aid available?

SMC offers a variety of financial assistance to students through the Financial Aid office at (310) 434-4343.

Is job placement provided?

Some employers post employment opportunities directly with the Cosmetology Department. Santa Monica College’s Career Services Center may also provide additional help.