Degree Requirements


For admittance to degree candidacy, students must have satisfied all outstanding prerequisites, completed a minimum of 30 approved course credits at FIT (up to eight credits from other institutions may be transferable), achieved a final grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and successfully completed the capstone seminar.

Individual Development Plan (IDP) Mentor Program

Every student in the Master of Professional Studies degree program is required to complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) in cooperation with their employer and the program chair. Students will be required to have a corporate mentor to participate in the IDP review. These requirements reflect the management development function of the degree program and provide degree candidates with access to senior executives in the industry. 

Capstone Project

Student groups are presented with marketing and management challenges that reflect current beauty industry practices and trends, and must develop creative solutions that involve all aspects of a corporate organization. Groups are graded on their ability to react quickly and cohesively, analysis of the issues from the perspectives of the corporate environment, utilization of the concepts learned in the program, and presentation skills. Industry experts serve as panelists, critiquing and grading the capstone projects. 

Time Requirement for Degree Completion

Students have a maximum of four years, beginning with their first semester of matriculation to complete all degree requirements.