A Revolution is Happening!

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A powerful, exciting educational transformation is taking place in the beauty industry. Mesa Community College, in partnership with the iconic beauty house of L’Oreal and Arizona’s legendary ROLFS Salons of the Future, is offering the first-ever college degree designed to help you deliver innovative, intelligent client beauty experiences while offering the knowledge to earn the financial rewards your talent deserves.

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If you already have your cosmetology license and if you can answer yes to any of these questions then you are ready to be a part of the movement that will redefine the beauty industry in a profound way:

  • Are you ready to enjoy a promising career as a beauty professional of tomorrow?
  • Are you ready to transform the future of the beauty industry?
  • Are you ready to take your beauty career to the next level?
  • Are you ready to amplify your importance and impact in the industry?
  • Do you want to thrive and enjoy career longevity and financial stability?

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Magnify Your Beauty Career

The Associate in Science in Beauty and Wellness degree is focused on preparing beauty professionals to succeed and thrive in today’s global market. This revolutionary, online program builds knowledge and offers skills in finance, marketing and communication as well as critical thinking and organizational leadership, empowering you to elevate and expand your career in areas such as film, music, retail, manufacturing, fashion, hospitality, marketing, digital media, product development, management, sales and more.

Earning an associate's degree and a bachelor's degree with a foundation in cosmetology could open up so many more career opportunities in beauty, and at a higher sustainable income. As an example, many L'Oreal senior executives who started with a cosmetology license, went on to earn their bachelor's degree and are now earning between $100,000 - $300,000 per year. At ROLFS' Salons there are designers, colorists, salon managers, business development managers and executives earning between $50,000 and $150,000 per year.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) - Personal Care Emphasis Career Pathway

As a licensed beauty professional, you can receive up to 31 credits at no cost toward your 60-68 credit associate’s degree by enrolling as an MCC student for the Beauty and Wellness program. If you choose to continue with your Beauty and Wellness education, after earning your associate’s degree at MCC, you may follow a transfer pathway to Arizona State University to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) - Personal Care Emphasis. All classes are available online, so you can work while earning your degree. Learn and study on your own time, which is anytime that’s convenient for you.

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Don’t pass up this opportunity to take your passion and skills to the next level. This pioneering degree will empower you to redefine, reshape, and transform the industry, delivering elevated, innovative, and progressive consumer-centric beauty experiences. It is time for you to be recognized as a powerful and positive force transforming lives by creating confidence and positive self-image beauty in the world. Enjoy a promising and exciting new future!

Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, we have answers!

I am trying to make a decision, and I want to get a full understanding of this degree, its background, its history and the opportunities this can bring to me. Who do I contact to get that complete, holistic understanding of this program and how it will impact my career and job opportunities?

Lead | ROLFS Global Institute hosts weekly video conference calls (Zoom Meetings) where you can get more information and get all your questions answered. Please go to https://leadinstitute.degree/ and use the 'Talk to Us' button to sign up for a meeting. 

Can I get my cosmetology, hairstylist or aesthetician license from MCC?

MCC does not offer cosmetology, hairstylist or aesthetician courses at this time.

Students may obtain training to become licensed from the beauty school of their choice.

  • East Valley high school students can attend technical training at EVIT.
  • West Valley high school students can find similar training at West-MEC.
  • Adult students can find technical training at GWCC through their Cosmetology clock hour program.

Upon completion of technical training in a beauty program and gaining licensure, MCC is the next step to advance careers in the Beauty Industry. Remember, MCC does not award credit for the classes themselves. Prior learning credit can only be awarded to students who have received a cosmetologist, hairstylist or aesthetician’s license.

I have partially completed my cosmetology, hairstylist or aesthetician license; can I still get credit for the classes I have taken?

Prior learning credit can only be awarded to students who have a valid (non-temporary) cosmetology, hairstylist or aesthetician license. MCC cannot award partial credit for programs that have not been completed. Students may begin taking courses at MCC prior to receiving a license but credit cannot be awarded and the degree will not be conferred until the student has provided proof of licensure.

What if I have a cosmetology, hairstylist or aesthetician license and have already taken some college courses?

Please contact the program and they will evaluate the courses you have already taken for transferability.

How do I get credit for my cosmetology, hairstylist or aesthetician license?

The college uses Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to award up to 30 credits at no cost toward your Beauty and Wellness AAS degree. MCC currently awards PLA credit for cosmetologist, hairstylist, and aesthetician licenses. We do not have plans to add PLA for nail technicians at this time.

Does it matter how long ago I have obtained my license?

No. As long as you have an active (non-temporary) cosmetology, hairstylist or aesthetician license in good standing, it does not matter when you obtained it.

What is the tuition for the program? How much does it cost?

Students residing outside the state of Arizona pay $253 per credit hour for online courses.

In most cases, residents residing in the State of Arizona for 12 months or more pay $97 per credit hour. The total cost of the program depends upon the required number of courses the student has to take. To obtain their AAS degree, students with no other college credit and a:

  • Cosmetology license may need as few as 29 additional credit hours.
  • Hairstylist license may need as few as 41 additional credit hours.
  • Aesthetician license may need as few as 48 additional credit hours.
Can I get a scholarship to this program?

Information regarding scholarships at MCC is available through the Financial Aid Office or MCC Scholarship Page.

Our partner, LEAD | ROLFS Global Institute is also offering scholarships for all or part of the program. Please go to https://leadinstitute.degree/scholarships/ for more information.
Can I use FAFSA to get the degree?

Yes. Students can use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other forms of financial aid to pay for classes taken at MCC toward the AAS in Beauty and Wellness degree.

Are the classes for the degree available online?

Yes. Students can complete the required courses for the degree online. Some instructors for online classes will require regular virtual class meetings. Dates and times of those online class meetings will be available to the student in the class schedule prior to registration.

How does the transfer of the AAS degree to ASU work?

After earning the AAS, the student then has access to a continued pathway at Arizona State University (ASU) where he or she can transfer 100% of the 60 AAS credit hours earned. The student will then fulfill an additional 60 credit hours (typically accomplished in four semesters) to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree program in Heath, Entrepreneurship and Innovation with an emphasis on personal care.

Please contact Brenna Tonelli – asubrennatonelli@asu.edu or visit https://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/programs/bas/personal-care for further information regarding the requirements for ASU’s BAS degree.

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Lead Institute

Lead| ROLFS Global Institute

Lead | ROLFS Global Institute is our partner in creating and supporting the higher education pathway for beauty professionals of the future. As an integrative part of this degree program, Lead | ROLFS Global Institute offers pre-college courses to prepare the students for ultimate success. The innovative and modern courses are designed to awaken one’s curiosity and love for learning, both in career and life, promoting financial success, personal fulfillment, and happiness.

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Make it Happen at MCC

MCC offers an affordable, quality education and provides students free services such as tutoring, advising, career counseling, library assistance and more to help you succeed. An academic advisor is available to you to help you schedule classes, develop an academic plan, refer you to college resources, navigate procedures and serve as a support throughout your journey.

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Take Your Next Step with MCC

Students are drawn to MCC for a number of reasons. But it’s the quality of our instruction that makes MCC a true value—and the best college experience no matter where you’re starting from or where you’re headed.

Icon - Dollar An affordable education at only $97 per credit hour*
Icon - Degree Earn your associate’s degree, certificate or prepare to transfer
Icon - MoneySave 75% on tuition compared to most in-state universities**
Icon - Transfer Transfer easily with 50+ university partnerships
Icon - Students 18 students per class on average means more one-on-one attention from faculty***
Icon - Locations Two convenient campuses: Southern & Dobson and Red Mountain
* In-county tuition
** AZ Board of Regents-AZ University System Board-Approved 2015-16 Base Tuition & Mandatory Fee Report.
*** Mesa Community College Institutional Effectiveness 2021.
Icon - Graduate 91% of Graduates say they were satisfied/very satisfied with the quality of instruction*
Icon - 2 Campuses 2 Campuses offer a choice of an urban or Sonoran Desert experience
Icon - Students 92% of MCC Students say they would recommend MCC to a friend or family member*
* Mesa Community College Institutional Effectiveness 2021.

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Joy Henry

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