Application Process & Admission Requirements


Entrance requirements for the Cosmetology Basic Operator and Esthetician programs at McLennan Community College:

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (state-mandated).
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a current McLennan Community College student. Apply to MCC via ApplyTexas or the new MCC app.
    • If on ApplyTexas: Select 'Public Service' from the "Select your first choice school" drop-down menu and then 'Cosmetology-CERT' or 'Cosmetology/Esthetician Specialist-Cert'.
    • If using the MCC app: Select 'Public Service' from the "Pathway" drop-down menu and then 'Cosmetology, Certificate' or 'Cosmetology/Esthetician Specialist, Certificate'.
  • Submit a completed program application to the Cosmetology department.
    • Applications can be submitted via email to, they are also available in the Cosmetology department, located in Wing B of the Community Services Center (CSC).
    • Applications must be fully completed.
    • If the applicant was homeschooled they need to list whatever agency/entity they received their diploma through. 
  • Take the Reading Comprehension Assessment through the Cosmetology department (test dates and times will be sent via email to applicants).
    • There is no charge for the Reading Assessment Test.
    • TSI is not required for the program and cannot be submitted in place of the reading comprehension assessment.

Upon acceptance into the program students must:

  • Submit transcripts to Admissions from all previous schools attended including high school and college.
  • Submit proof of Bacterial Meningitis Immunization to Admissions. MCC does not accept the MEN B vaccine.
  • Students complete steps on MCC’s Become A Student -webpage.
  • Apply for Financial Aid, set up a payment plan, or pay for the program tuition and fees in one payment through the Business Office, or the student's WebAdvisor account.
  • Attend a mandatory information session (date and time will be sent via email).
  • Purchase a uniform (this is discussed with students at the information session).

McLennan’s Cosmetology programs have a 100% pass rate for both the Basic Operator and Esthetician programs.