Are you interested in a hands-on career helping people look and feel their best? Learn how to become a cosmetologist at The School of Cosmetology at Midwest Technical Institute (MTI). MTI’s cosmetology training classes will prepare for your cosmetology licensing exams in the issuing state. Cosmetology training curriculum covers the basics of hair, nail, skincare, and salon management, helping you build the skills and knowledge you need to pursue an entry-level career in the beauty industry.

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Daytime and evening classes available

What Makes the Cosmetology Program at MTI Different?


Hands-on Focused

Receive hands-on training in a real salon environment

Duration 13/16 months

Accelerated Training

Earn your cosmetology diploma in as few as 13 or 16 months

Experienced Instructors

Experienced Instructors

All MTI cosmetology instructors have real-world experience

Evening Classes

Evening Classes Available

Flexible class times that work for your busy schedule

Employment Preparation

Employment Preparation

No general education courses required, students will learn the skills required for entry-level employment

Career Placement

Career Placement

Career counseling & placement assistance is available to all qualified graduates

The School of Cosmetology at Midwest Technical Institute

Get a glimpse into the Cosmetology Program at Midwest Technical Institute.


Hair, Nails, & Skin Care | Hygiene & Sanitation | Salon Management | Customer Relations | Cosmetology Sciences

The cosmetology instructors at MTI bring real-world experience to the classroom and The Salon, training through hands-on instruction and one-on-one interaction to help students develop essential cosmetology skills.

In MTI’s cosmetology schools, you’ll learn how to:

  • Cut, style, & color all types of hair
  • Perform manicures, pedicures, & apply artificial nails
  • Provide basic skincare services such as skin analysis, hair removal, facials, & facial makeup
  • Fulfill various administrative and customer relation duties associated with managing a salon

Graduates of MTI’s Cosmetology Program will be prepared with the skills required to work in a variety of settings, such as salons, spas, hotels, and resorts. Cosmetologists may also lease booth space from salon owners, manage salons, or open their own business, typically after several years of experience. Cosmetology graduates can also pursue a career as a makeup artist or nail technician.

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid Team

MTI’s Financial Aid Team provides personalized support to students applying for federal financial aid and help with understanding all the funding options, including scholarship opportunities.

Scholarship Opportunities

MTI Graduates

MTI is here to help you attain the funding you need to take the next step in your education. MTI’s Financial Aid Team can help match you with scholarship opportunities you may qualify for.

Cosmetology Careers

Cosmetologists provide hair, nail, skin and beauty services to clients. As cosmetologists become more experienced and gain clientele, they may find themselves managing a salon or deciding to open their own. Others become sales representatives or image consultants.

Cosmetology Program

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13, 16, or 17 months
Daytime and evening classes available
1,500 or 2,100 clock hours *Cosmetology Program hour options vary per campus

Quick Facts: Cosmetologist Training Programs

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cosmetologists provide a range of different services including haircutting, hairstyling, and related beauty services.

Learn more: What Are the Basics of Cosmetology?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage for cosmetologists in May 2022 was approximately $16.82. The highest 10 percent of cosmetology professionals earned more than $29.29. Many cosmetologists receive tips from their customers, high-quality work and exceptional customer service are frequently attributed to increased tip totals.

For additional information, check out: Quiz: Should I Become a Cosmetologist?

Cosmetologists work mostly in a salon, although some work in a spa, hotel, or resort. Some lease booth space from a salon owner, others manage salons or open their own shop after several years of experience.

For more information on cosmetology work environments, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or check out: What Hours Can a Cosmetologist Work?

For more information on MTI program costs, please contact Financial Aid or visit Tuition & Cost.

Check out the Cosmetology FAQ for the answers to frequently asked questions about cosmetologists!

Enrollment & Outcomes

Enrollment and outcome information for all Illinois-based campuses and the ACCSC annual reports for each program in Adobe PDF format. Please note, all programs are not offered at all campuses. For annual details, please visit our cosmetology enrollment and outcomes page.

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For more information about our accreditations and approvals, please visit:

MTI is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education: 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701. For more info:

Midwest Technical Institute is approved to operate by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.