Which New York City Schools Have Beauty Programs?

Learn about beauty programs in New York City. Get information about programs available and the career requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Culinary Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

In the New York City area, you can enroll in a beauty program at private beauty or career schools or a 4-year college. Some programs offer options for evening and part-time studies. The programs available may take anywhere from a couple of months to about a year to complete. Hands-on training is common, sometimes in an on-campus student salon. Graduates of beauty school programs will need to earn licensure in order to work as cosmetologists in New York. Read on for further details on schools around New York City where you can enter a beauty program.


Beauty Programs in New York City

American Beauty School

  • Program Name: Cosmetology
  • Program Length: Nine months (1,000 hours), full-time
  • Tuition: $7,490 for the program (2011-2012)
  • School Type: < 2-year, private for-profit (219 undergraduates)
  • Address: 1380 Metropolitan Ave., Bronx, NY 10462
  • Phone: 718-931-7400

The program covers cosmetology theory and helps you develop fundamental skills. Classes are in both Spanish and English. The school boasts a student clinic where students have the opportunity to acquire hands-on training with real clients.

Career School of NY

  • Program Name: Cosmetology and Hair
  • Program Length: 29 weeks, day classes, full-time; 50 weeks, evening classes, part-time (2012)
  • Tuition: $10,345 for program (2012)
  • Admission Requirements: High school diploma and Nationally Approved Entrance Test (Wonderlic) passing score
  • School Type: < 2-year, private, not-for-profit (46 undergraduates)
  • Address: 350 St. Marks Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
  • Phone: 718-420-6440

You complete a variety of courses, including chemical hair-straightening, hair analysis, haircutting and hairstyling. You also learn to apply makeup and manicure nails. Other required courses include salon management, sanitation, sterilization and professional development.

CUNY Lehman College

  • Program Name: Beauty Techniques & the New Revolution
  • Program Length: About two months, full-time
  • Tuition: $665 (fall 2012)
  • School Type: 4-year, public (about 12,000 total student population with about 10,000 undergraduates)
  • Address: CUNY on the Concourse (COTC), 2501 Grand Concourse, 3rd floor, Bronx, NY 10468
  • Phone: 718-960-8512

This program is offered through Lehman College's Continuing Education Department. It consists of three courses: haircutting and special occasions hairstyling, makeup and skin care, artificial nails and manicure. You also learn about haircutting techniques, stage makeup and razor-cutting hair.

Empire Beauty School - Manhattan

  • Program Name: Hairdressing and Cosmetology
  • Program Length: 1,000 hours, full-time
  • Tuition: $12,000 tuition and fees for the program (2011-2012)
  • Admission Requirements: Federal or state photo ID, high school diploma, career planning interview and admission assessment
  • School Type: < 2-year, private for-profit (841 undergraduates)
  • Address: 22 West 34th St., New York, NY 10001
  • Phone: 212-967-1717

The program has two main sections: pre-salon and salon. During the pre-salon portion of the program, you learn about manicuring, makeup, facials, hair coloring, haircutting, trichology, permanent waving, chemical relaxing and artificial nails. During the salon portion, you study advanced procedures, state laws and salon ecology. You also complete a salon experience.


License Information for Cosmetologists in New York City

New York State (NYS) requires cosmetologists to obtain a license. To become a licensed cosmetologist, you must be at least 17, submit proof that you have had a physical in the last 30 days and have completed 1,000 hours of NYS-approved training. You then must pass NYS practical and written exams.

Salary and Career Information for Cosmetologists

Jobs for cosmetologists, hairstylists and hairdressers were expected to increase 16% nationwide within the 2010-2020 decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There were approximately 16,000 cosmetologists, hairstylists and hairdressers working in the New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ area as of May 2011, according to the BLS. They made a mean wage of about $32,000.

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