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Cosmetology and Salon Management

With your Colorado cosmetology license, plus 30 credits from ACC, you will gain the skills you need to excel in salon management and business ownership. Within 2 semesters you can take your license and education to the next level.

Cosmetology Student

Are you a licensed cosmetologist looking to start your own business but aren't sure where to start? We can help you get the business skills you need to succeed! If you already have your Colorado cosmetology license, you're halfway to an Associate of Applied Science in Cosmetology and Salon Management. You can complete this degree within 2 semesters.

ACC Admissions
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Adam Shelffo
Faculty / Department Chair, CE Lead
Business Administration
adam.shelffo [at]

What You'll Learn

When you get your AAS in Cosmetology and Salon Management, you'll gain the skills you need to own your own business or manage someone else's, including:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Legal aspects of business
  • Communication and public speaking

CIP 120401 (CSMA)

The Cosmetology and Salon Management AAS Degree offers a solid foundation for students to start a career in a salon or to prepare them for one day opening their own salon. Students with a completed certificate in cosmetology from Arapahoe Community College, or who have a Colorado State Cosmetology License, can complete an additional 31 credits and earn their Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Admission Requirements

Program Requirements

Major Courses (45 Credit Hours)

Any credit-bearing COS, EST, or NAT course numbered 1000 or above that is offered by the College (30 Credits)

Total: 61 Credits

Graduation Requirements

  • Apply for graduation online at
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an ACC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that ACC receives certain federal funding.

ACC academic plans will help guide you through your chosen program. The academic plan will provide you with important information, like which semesters courses are offered if there are any prerequisites or co-requisites for courses, program outcomes, course sequence recommendations, notes for the program, graduation requirements, and other important information. These are updated annually, so we recommend downloading a copy of yours to keep on track to graduation.

Is a Cosmetology and Salon Management AAS degree right for you?

The Cosmetology and Salon Management AAS degree offers a solid foundation for you to start a career in a salon or to prepare you for opening your own salon. With this degree you can:

  • Complement your technical skills by strengthening your business savvy
  • Increase your income by being your own boss
  • Work independently
  • Enjoy a flexible schedule
  • Become an entrepreneur
  • Take classes online or in person to fit your needs

Job Opportunities in Cosmetology and Salon Management