Cosmetology Schools in Minnesota

Hair tutorials on YouTube, makeup tips via TikTok, and nail art trends on Instagram—if glam-obsessed social media is any indication, the beauty industry is booming. Ready to join the craze and become a cosmetologist? Minnesota may be an ideal place to earn your cosmetology license.

Browse our directory of cosmetology schools in Minnesota, or skip ahead to learn about the state's cosmetology licensing requirements and job outlook.

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400 Central Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55414

(612) 378-7401
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics

9749 Lyndale Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55420

(800) 920-4593
Programs:
Cosmetology, Esthetics

8205 University Avenue
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432

(800) 920-4593
Programs:
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Atelier Academy – Accredited

1413 Main Street
Hopkins, MN 55343

Avalon School of Cosmetology – Accredited

1428 North McMillan Street
Worthington, MN 56187

Bloomington Career & College Academy – Accredited

8800 Queen Avenue South, Suite 219
Bloomington, MN 55431

Cosmetology Careers Unlimited College of Hair, Skin, and Nails – Accredited

121 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Embellish Beauty School – Accredited

1700 Hamline Avenue North
Roseville, MN 55113

Federal Correctional Institution Waseca – Accredited

1000 University Drive Southwest
Waseca, MN 56093

Hastings Beauty School – Accredited

221 2nd Street East
Hastings, MN 55033

LA Beauty and Massage School – Accredited

406 West 65th Street
Richfield, MN 55423

M State – Accredited

405 Colfax Avenue Southwest
Wadena, MN 56482

Minnesota Department of Corrections – Accredited

1010 6th Avenue West
Shakopee, MN 55379

Minnesota School of Beauty – Accredited

20186 Heritage Drive
Lakeville, MN 55044

Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Accredited

1750 Weir Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125

Minnesota State College Southeast

308 Pioneer Road
Red Wing, MN 55066

Minnesota State College Southeast – Accredited

1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

1414 College Way
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Accredited

401 West Street
Jackson, MN 56143

Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Accredited

1314 North Hiawatha Avenue
Pipestone, MN 56164

MN Beauty School – Accredited

7652 Brooklyn Boulevard
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Model College of Hair Design – Accredited

201 8th Avenue South
Saint Cloud, MN 56301

Northwest Technical College

905 Grant Avenue Southeast
Bemidji, MN 56601

Nova Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

1701 Adams Street
Mankato, MN 56001

Nova Academy of Cosmetology – Accredited

5979 Bandel Road
Rochester, MN 55901

PCI Academy – Accredited

4315 Peony Lane North
Plymouth, MN 55446

Professional Salon Academy – Accredited

519 Anne Street Northwest Suite E
Bemidji, MN 56601

Ridgewater College – Accredited

2101 15th Avenue Northwest
Willmar, MN 56201

Riverland Community College

1900 8th Avenue Northwest
Austin, MN 55912

Rocco Altobelli Salon – Accredited

665 Snelling Avenue South
Saint Paul, MN 55116

Saint Paul College – Accredited

235 Marshall Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Salon and Spa Professional Association – Accredited

2626 East 82nd Street #340
Bloomington, MN 55425

SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288-06 – Accredited

401 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN 55318

The Atelier Academy of Beauty

823 Main Street
Hopkins, MN 55435

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

3000 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55109

Wright Technical Center – Accredited

1405 3rd Avenue Northeast
Buffalo, MN 55313
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How to Become a Cosmetologist in Minnesota

Minnesota Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,550 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 3 years.
  • 8 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Minnesota is $33,510.
  • There is a predicted 3% job increase between 2018–2028 for cosmetologists.

A cosmetologist is a beauty professional who provides services meant to enhance a client’s appearance, such as hair cutting and styling, hair removal, nail care, skin care, and makeup application.

To become a cosmetologist in Minnesota, you first need to fulfill certain requirements, which include:

  • Being at least 17 years of age
  • Completing 1,550 training hours at an approved cosmetology school
  • Passing the cosmetology theory and practical exams
  • Passing the state exam on Minnesota’s laws and rules
  • Submitting a licensure application and paying the $40 application fee and $155 license fee

Minnesota Cosmetology Careers

$33,510

Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Minnesota

On average, cosmetologists in Minnesota earned $33,510 annually or $16.11 per hour in 2020. The top 10% of cosmetologists in the state made $52,350 or more.

While the projected job growth for cosmetologists in Minnesota isn’t as high as nationwide figures, employment opportunities are expected to grow by 3% from 2018 to 2028 in the state.

Salaries vary based on various factors, including the type of services offered, level of experience, and geographic location. The highest-paying metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas for cosmetologists in Minnesota are:

Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Areas 2020 Median Salary
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area $32,620
Fargo $32,200
Mankato-North Mankato $32,180
St. Cloud $29,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington $28,870
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area $28,410
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area $27,110
Rochester $26,120

Table information sourced from O*Net (2021)

State License Requirements

1,550 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Before taking the required cosmetology exams, you’ll need to complete 1,550 hours of training at a board-approved school. The curriculum must include the entire nail technician course, the full esthetician course, and hair services training.

The first 240 hours of your cosmetology education should comprise cosmetology theory related to anatomy, dermatology, trichology, manicuring, and chemistry. It must also include instruction on electricity and light, infection control, safety procedures, and Minnesota Statutes and rules related to the practice of cosmetology.  

Each cosmetology program varies but should include the following coursework:

  • Shampooing: 50 hours
  • Scalp and hair conditioning: 80 hours
  • Hair design shaping: 150 hours
  • Chemical hair control: 200 hours
  • Hair coloring: 100 hours
  • Hairstyling: 200 hours
  • Facials, makeup, and waxes: 200 hours
  • Manicures: 150 hours

Overall, total skill hours should total 1,130 hours, and related theory and lecture should amount to 420 hours. While students may be able to take theory-based classes online, their practical classes will be in person.

Can I Apprentice as a Cosmetologist in Minnesota?

Minnesota doesn’t currently offer an apprenticeship program for cosmetology.

Minnesota Cosmetology Licensing Requirements

You can take the required cosmetology licensing exams after completing your 1,550 training hours. You will register for these exams online through Minnesota’s testing vendor, PSI.

To earn your cosmetology license, you must pass the written theory, written practical, and state exams. A passing score is 75% or higher for each. You can take these tests as a combination exam—lasting five hours—or separately. The cost of the combination exam is $85.

The written theory exam has 100 scored items. You have two hours to complete the test, and the testing fee is $33.

The written theory exam includes:

  1. Safety and Infection Control (25%)
  2. Client Consultation and Professional Conduct (4%)
  3. Hair, Skin, and Nail Anatomy (8%)
  4. Shampooing, Conditioning, and Scalp Care (5%)
  5. Hairstyling (7%)
  6. Haircutting (12%)
  7. Hair Coloring (12%)
  8. Chemical Texture Services (11%)
  9. Esthetics (8%)
  10. Nails (8%)

The written practical exam contains 60 scored items. You have two hours to complete the exam, and the testing fee is $28.

The practical exam contains the following:

  1. Safety and Infection Control (15%)
  2. Shampooing, Conditioning, and Scalp Care (12%)
  3. Hairstyling (10%)
  4. Hair Coloring (13%)
  5. Permanent Waving (7%)
  6. Chemical Relaxing (7%)
  7. Hair Cutting (13%)
  8. Skin Care (8%)
  9. Hair Removal (5%)
  10. Nail Care (7%)
  11. Nail Enhancements (3%)

Minnesota’s cosmetology exam comprises 30 scored items, and you have one hour to complete it. The exam fee is $24. The state exam includes:

  1. General Information (15%)
  2. Licensing (25%)
  3. Practice Requirements (45%)
  4. Enforcement (15%)

On the test day, candidates must bring two forms of valid identification and can take the examinations in Vietnamese, Spanish, or English. You will receive your scores immediately after you’ve completed the exams.

If you require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you can apply online with the relevant documentation detailing your condition, requested accommodations, and medical authority’s information.

Minnesota Cosmetology Licensure Reciprocity

License reciprocity is available in Minnesota. In order to transfer your license, you need to fill out a license transfer application, and your training hours must meet or exceed Minnesota’s cosmetology education requirement of 1,550 hours.

If your license is active and hasn’t expired, you only need to submit the transfer application. If your license isn’t active or has expired, then you must complete a Skills Course through a Minnesota course provider and submit your certificate along with your application.

If your license hasn’t been active for three years, then you’ll need to attend a Minnesota cosmetology school as a transfer student and complete all remaining hours and requirements (including passing the practical exam). Once done, submit your transfer course certificate along with your license transfer application.

Active members of the military, their spouses, or veterans of two years or less can apply for a temporary license if licensed in another state. This license is valid for one year and is not eligible for renewal.

Cosmetology Specialties in Minnesota

Licensed cosmetologists in Minnesota can apply for licensure as advanced practice estheticians. The curriculum consists of 500 training hours and will teach you how to perform chemical peels, advanced facial treatments, and electrical energy services.

License Renewal

3 Years

License renewal period

8 Hours

Continuing education required

Minnesota cosmetologists must renew their license every three years before the last day of their birth month. To renew your license, you need to submit a renewal application, pay the $100 renewal license fee and $15 application fee, and complete eight hours of continuing education before the expiration date.

The continuing education requirements consist of four hours of core continuing education, one hour related to state cosmetology laws and rules, and three hours related to health, safety, and infection control. Another four hours of professional practice continuing education must cover one or more of the following topics:

  • Product chemistry and chemical interaction
  • Proper use of machines and instruments
  • Business management, professional ethics, and human relations
  • Techniques relevant to the type of license held by the practitioner

Contact the Minnesota State Board of Cosmetology

Minnesota Board of Cosmetology

Minnesota has shown rapid development with regards to the beauty industry. More are finding their niche in cosmetology’s multi-dimensional appeal. To that end, many start their journey by beginning the process through these organizations.

Minnesota Board of Cosmetology
The state board is responsible for overseeing the rules and regulations related to the practice of cosmetology in the state of Minnesota. The website includes information on licensing requirements, FAQs, applications, and more.

Beauty Certified Education Association
This non-profit offers a variety of continuing education classes for beauty professionals in Minnesota.

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