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Is There A Difference Between Beauty and Cosmetology School?

So, you are browsing the internet, researching the options for an education in all things beauty. You will probably notice that some institutions label themselves as Beauty Schools, and other label themselves as Cosmetology Schools. It can be a little confusing, and leave you asking the question: ‘What is the difference between beauty and cosmetology school?’

Well, the simple answer to the question is this: There is NO difference! It is true, they may sound different, but they are essentially the same thing. Both beauty and cosmetology schools give the training needed to give beautifying treatments to clients. Where a beauty school may slightly differ from a cosmetology school, is in the range of courses and programs offered.

What Programs Are Offered?

We, of course, cannot speak for every school, but generally speaking, beauty school refers to a school that offers courses on beauty. The programs may be complete courses, or just cover specific aspects or techniques, such as makeup application, or hair styling, or nail art. The programs that are offered are usually not as extensive as those at cosmetology school, but they may have some specialist courses that speak to a particular passion.


Cosmetology Schools tend to be learning institutions that offer comprehensive and full-lenght beauty courses that cover a wide range of specialities, such as hair, makeup, nails and skin care, as well as esthetician programs. Usually the courses at cosmetology school go beyond learning just techniques, with lectures in the science behind hair, skin and nails, which you may not get with simpler programs. Cosmetology schools often also offer training programs for those than themselves want to become beauty instructors, as well as courses on sales and marketing, and business skills for salon professionals.

Bear in mind that this is just general information and it may not apply to all cosmetology and beauty schools. So get in touch with your chosen school and see what their courses offer, they should be able to send you a prospectus. If you are interested in attending a beauty or cosmetology school, why not take a look at all there is on offer at Ogle School. We have cosmetology and esthetician programs that will truly prepare any student for a career in the world of hair and beauty.

What Really Matters…

The name of the school is not important, as long as the courses that are offered are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences and The Council on Occupational Education. These institutions will best prepare their students for the state licensing exam when the program is completed.

You shouldn’t be worried, whether an institution is called a ‘beauty’ or ‘cosmetology’ school. What really matters is that the school offers the program that you would love to do and that the school you are interested in has positive reviews from it’s previous students as well as a good reputation for career success. As long as it is the right school for you, it doesn’t matter whether it has ‘beauty’ or ‘cosmetology’ written above the door.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.