Atlanta Beauty & Baber Academy Master Cosmetologist

Master Cosmetologist


Master Cosmetologist Program

Master Cosmetologist program consists of 1500 hours of theory and practical training in the arts and sciences of hairstyling, hair cutting, coloring, permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, thermal styling, nail and skin care techniques, anatomy, chemistry, bacteriology and sanitation, professionalism, retailing, equipment care, and salon management.

Practical Applications

Courses Required Hours
Theory 350
Social Skills, Reception or Desk Work, Art and Ethics, State Board Laws & Rules 50
Laboratory 50
Hairdressing, Shampoo and Comb-out 255
Hair Cutting and Shaping  124.5
Permanent Waving 150
Chemical Hair Relaxing  139
Hair Coloring and Hair Lightening  155
Scalp and Hair Treatment  49
Facial Treatment, Make-up, and Hair Removal  52.5
Hair Removal 30
Sanitizing and Disinfection of Tools, Implements, and Equipment  5
Manicures, Pedicures, and Nail Sculpting 90
Total Hours required 1500


1. To develop knowledge, understanding, skill, and appreciation in the theory and operation of cosmetology arts & sciences.

2. To develop habits of good workmanship and the orderly performance of various tasks in the work environment.

3. To engage in optimal sanitation routines during routine practice to protect clients from unnecessary exposure to harmful microorganisms

4. To master the arts of hair, nail, and esthetics arts that encompass the Master Cosmetologist program curriculum.

5. To learn to select wisely, care for, and properly use commercial products related to the application of treatments.

6. To help the student prepare for the state board examinations to obtain a license to practice.

7. To prepare students for entry-level jobs in their professional careers.

Course Format/Instructional Methods

Our instructors use lectures, visual aids, games, guest speakers, competitions, etc. to present the course materials. This hybrid online/on-campus program consists of 350 online and 1150 physical contact hours. Once the student reaches 250 hours of instruction, he/she can begin working on live clients on the clinic floor. The program follows a strict week-by-week sequence of instruction. This course prepares the student to pass the successful state board and excel in the beauty industry.

Grading System

Student Academic Progress (i.e., evaluation on theory, practical, and clinical work will be evaluated throughout the program and reviewed at specific clock hour mid-points specific to each program.

Each student is expected to achieve a minimum grade point and attendance average of 70%. The grading system shall be as follows:

100 - 90% A (Excellent)
89.9 - 80% B (Above Average)
79.9 – 70% C (Satisfactory)
69.9% D Below F (Failing).

Student grades will be calculated based on a combination of theory and practical exam scores earned in each unit of study. 

Graduation Requirements

(i) documented attendance for the total hours of instruction contracted in the program under state law requirements.

(ii) have an overall GPA of 70% or above.

(iii)Tuition contract and course costs are fulfilled (payment plan established, if necessary.

Physical Demands

The physical demands consist of standing and using arms and hands consistently for long periods.

Safety Requirements

It consists of reading and following all manufacturers’ directions regarding the use of chemicals. Cosmetologists must also be aware of necessary electricity-use precautions and procedures. Prolonged exposure to some hair chemicals may irritate, so protective clothing must be worn. 

Earning Potential

According to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level stylists working in a salon can average $44,000.00 per year. The industry also has infinite opportunities for entrepreneurs who desire to be self-employed with unlimited income potential.

Licensing Requirements

Once the course is completed, you must have 2 picture IDs and a money order for $109.00 to be submitted to PSI, Inc. to schedule a test. The graduate is then sent a letter from the testing agency, which informs him or her of where and when the test is scheduled based on the noted preference when the form was submitted. Once the test is completed, the results are sent to the graduate, the board, and the school.

Required Courses

Junior Level (1 - 250 hours)

Course Content

COS 110
Introduction to the Beauty


Foundations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

a. History and Career Opportunities
b. Life Skills
c. Professional Image
d. Communication for Success
e. Infection Control Principles & Practices

COS 120
Introduction to Hair Concepts


7, 9, 10, 11

a. Properties of Hair and Scalp
b. Principles of Hair Design
c. Hair Service Preparation
d. Haircutting

COS 200
Practical Applications of Hair Concepts


7, 9, 11, 12, 15

a. Infection Control Principles & Practices
b. Properties of Hair and Scalp
c. Principles of Hair Design
d. Scalp Care, Shampooing, Conditioning, & Coloring
e. Haircutting

COS 210
General Sciences I


Foundations 6, 12, 16

a. Basics of Chemistry
b. Hairstyling & Haircoloring
c. Basics of Electricity
d. Nail Structure & Growth
e. Nail Disorders & Diseases

COS 220
General Sciences II


7, 8, 10, 9, 15

a. Hair & Scalp Disorders & Diseases
b. Skin Structure, Growth, & Nutrition
c. Hair Service Preparation
d. Chemical Texture Services
e. Principles of Hair Design

COS 230
Chemical Services & Laboratory Techniques


15, 16

a. Chemical Texture Services
d. Haircoloring (Tints/Bleaches, Shampoos)
Total Hours

Senior Level (250 - 1500 hours)

Course Content

COS 300


Complete Credit Hour Sheet Applications

Complete Credit Hour Sheet Applications

COS 310
Advanced Hair Care


18, 19

a. Braiding & Braid Extensions
b. Wigs and Hair Additions

COS 320
Basic Facial & Skin Techniques


17, 18, 19

a. Hair Removal
b. Facials
c. Facial Makeup

COS 330
Nail Care Techniques


20, 21, 22, 23, 24

a. Manicuring
b. Pedicuring
c. Nail Tips & Wraps
d. Monomer Liquid & Polymer Powder Enhancements
e. Light Cured Gels

COS 340
State Board Exam Introduction



a. State Board Review Setup & Practice 

COS 400


Complete Credit Hour Sheet Applications

Complete Credit Hour Sheet Applications

COS 410
Student Competition



a. Student Competition

COS 420
State Board Prep
Business Skills


Foundations Book
8, 9, 10, 30, 31, 32
(online only)

a. State Board Review & Practice
b. Preparing for Licensure & Employment
c. On the Job
d. The Salon Business

COS 430



Complete Credit Hour Sheet Applications
Total Hours


Master Cosmetologist Curriculum

SOC Code: 39-5012) | (CIP Code: 12.0401

Level 1

Instruction shall be provided by a licensed master cosmetology instructor. Each school or licensed instructor shall require each student to obtain two hundred fifty (250) total hours of Level 1 training before the student performs clinical services on a client/patron. Of these two hundred fifty (250) hours, two hundred twenty-five (225) shall be theory and training on mannequins, and of the final twenty-five (25) hours, fifteen (15) hours shall be on skin care and ten (10) hours shall be on nail care. For the purposes of this Rule, one (1) theory hour equals one (1) clock hour for the first 250 hours of training, which are intended to be theoretical in nature.

1. Theory = 40 

40 theory hours/40 clock hours

(i) chemistry;  

(ii) cleansing and disinfection;  

(iii) EPA; OSHA, infection control standards; blood spill procedures; and  

(iv) AIDS; HIV; and communicable diseases.

2. Theory of Permanent Waving = 45

45 theory hours/45 clock hours

(i) the chemistry of permanent wave solution and its reaction;  

(ii) the chemistry of relaxers and their reactions; and  

(iii) the principles of permanent wave rod placement.

3. Theory of Hair Coloring = 45

45 theory hours/45 clock hours

(i) the chemistry of color;  

(ii) principles of color application; and  

(iii) the chemical reaction of hair color.

4. Theory of Hair and Scalp Treatments and Conditioning = 20

20 theory hours/20 clock hours

(i) hair analysis;  

(ii) scalp condition; and  

(iii) treatments.

5. Theory of Hair Cutting = 25

25 theory hours/25 clock hours

(i) proper handling and care of instruments.

6. Theory of Shampooing = 15

15 theory hours/15 clock hours 

(i) proper procedure of shampooing;  

(ii) knowledge of shampooing formulas; and  

(iii) water temperature.

7. Theory of Hairdressing/Hairstyling = 35

35 theory hours/35 clock hours

(i) 20 hours training on mannequins; and  

(ii) 15 hours training on live models (without compensation).

8. Theory of Nail Care and Skin Care = 25

25 theory hours/25 clock hours

(i) concepts and principles of nail care procedures and correct handling of instruments – (10 theory hours/10 clock hours); and  

(ii) concepts and principles of skin care procedures and techniques – (15 theory hours/15 clock hours).

Level 2

Theory and service application hours on patrons may begin when a student has completed two hundred fifty (250) theory hours in the above curriculum, with a minimum passing score of seventy-five percent (75%). The student may then progress to Level 2 theory, practical training, and service application hours on live subjects. The Level 2 curriculum shall be as follows:

1. Theory = 100

100 theory hours / 100 clock hours

(i) cleansing and disinfecting;

(ii) physiology;

(iii) electricity;

(iv) safety precautions;

(v) chemistry of beauty products, actions/reactions, and the composition of tints, dyes, and bleaches;

(vi) salesmanship;

(vii) telephone etiquette; and

(viii) salon deportment; consisting of courtesy, neatness, and professional attitude in meeting the public.

2. Social Skills, Reception or Desk Work, Art and Ethics, State Board of Cosmetology Laws and Rules = 50

50 theory hours / 50 clock hours

3. Laboratory = 50

50 service application hours / 50 clock hours

Shall include practical training in preparing germicidal solutions, shampoos, tint and bleaches, practical training in washing and sanitizing all equipment in the beauty salon.

4. Hairdressing, Shampoo and Comb-out = 255 

170 service application hours / 170 applications

Shall include shampoos, comprising dry, soap-free, oil and reconditioning; wet curls, thermo-curling, blow drying, hair styles, comb outs, and all types of pressing; hot combs.

5. Hair Cutting and Shaping = 124.5

124.5 service application hours / 166 applications

6. Permanent Waving = 150

150 service credit hours / 50 applications

7. Chemical Hair Relaxing = 139

139 service application hours

(i) virgin application – (82 service application hours / 42 applications); and

(ii) chemical retouch – (57 service application hours / 38 applications).

8. Hair Coloring and Hair Lightening = 155

155 service application hours

(i) temporary rinses and semi-permanent color – (9 service application hours / 12 applications);

(ii) virgin color – (40 service application hours / 20 applications);

(iii) color retouches – (20 service application hours / 10 applications);

(iv) hair bleaching and lightening – (80 service applications hours / 40 applications);

(v) virgin hair lightening (32 service application hours / 16 applications);

(vi) retouch hair lightening (20 service application hours / 10 applications); and

(vii) foiling techniques and placement – (28 service application hours / 14 applications).

(viii) predisposition tests – (3 service application hours); and

(ix) color removal – (3 service application hours).

9. Scalp and Hair Treatment = 49

49 service application hours / 49 applications

Shall include brushing and manipulations, corrective treatments, and reconditioning treatments.

10. Facial Treatment, Make-up, and Hair Removal = 52.5

52.5 service application hours

(i) facial treatments – (30 service application hours / 30 applications);

(ii) make-up applications – (20 service application hours / 20 applications); and

(iii) brow and lash tint – (2.5 service application hours / 5 applications).

11. Hair Removal = 30

30 service application hours

(i) lip, chin, and face (tweezing, waxing, threading) – (10 service application hours / 20 applications);

(ii) brow tweezing – (10 service application hours / 20 applications); and

(iii) brow waxing – (10 service application hours / 20 applications).

12. Sanitizing and Disinfection of Tools, Implements, and Equipment = 5

5 service application hours / 10 applications

(i) implements (brushes, combs, shears, clippers, flat irons, curling irons, nail and skin care implements) – (1 service application hour / 2 applications);

(ii) shampoo bowls and dryer hoods, styling stations, chairs, mats and work space – (1 service application hour / 2 applications);

(iii) pedicure spa bowls, portable or fixed plumbing – (1 service application hour / 2 applications);

(iv) hair removal and waxing stations – (1 service application hour / 2 applications); and

(v) manicure stations – (1 service application hour / 2 applications).

13. Manicures, Pedicures, and Nail Sculpting = 90

90 service application hours

(i) manicures with hand and forearm massage – (25 service credit hours / 25 applications);

(ii) pedicures with foot and leg massage – (20 service application hours / 20 applications); and

(iii) nail sculpting – (45 service application hours / 15 applications).

Graduates in this industry have gone on to work as a cosmetologist in a salon or spa; they can become a retail specialist, a platform artist, a school owner, a salon owner, industry representatives, etc. (Please note that no job can ever be guaranteed).