How Long Does It Take to Graduate From Beauty School?

If you’re considering beauty school, you might be wondering just exactly how long it is going to take you to finish, graduate and head toward you dream career. The answer to how long it will take is not that simple. There are several things that can influence how long it will take you. Here are the top 4:

  • What program you’ve chosen
  • What schedule you have
  • Which state you’re in
  • What progress you’ve made

We’re going to be covering what the states of Kansas and California require in terms of educational hours in order to become a licensed professional. For minimum hour requirements in your own state for cosmetology, see here. For esthetics minimum requirements, see this resource. The actual calendar time that it takes will vary from student to student due to differences in schedule and progress, as well as the school they have chosen.

A Break Down of the California Requirements

Bellus Academy has 3 locations in California: Poway, Chula Vista and El Cajon. The state of California requires a certain amount of hours to become licensed in your program of choice. Bellus’ programs cover the minimum hours required by the state and in some cases exceed the state requirements, to provide our students with what we believe to be a full education with plenty of practice time, too.

In order to graduate from Bellus, you must complete the following amount of hours. Note: Not all beauty programs are offered at all locations.


Cosmetology: 1600 hours.
Cosmetology + Makeup Artistry: 1750 hours.
Cosmetology + Advanced Cut & Color: 1750 hours.
Cosmetology + Makeup Artistry + Advanced Cut & Color:1900 hours.


Barbering:1500 hours.

Barbering/Cosmetology: 1800 hours.


Esthetics: 600 hours.
Esthetics + Makeup Artistry: 750 hours.
Esthetics + Luxury Spa Training: 900 hours.
Esthetics + Medi Spa Training: 900 hours.
Master Esthetics (for licensed estheticians only): 600 hours.

Makeup Artistry

Makeup Artistry: 150 hours.
Master Makeup Artistry: 602 hours.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy: 750 hours.
Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP): 1000 hours.

Spa Nails

Spa Nail Technician: 600 hours.

A Break Down of the Kansas Requirements

The state of Kansas has different requirements for licensure than California. Not all courses offered in California are offered in Kansas. In order to graduate from the Manhattan, Kansas Bellus location, you must complete the following amount of hours.


Barbering(coming soon): 1200 hours.


Cosmetology: 1500 hours.
Cosmetology + Makeup Artistry: 1650 hours.


Esthetics: 1000 hours.
Esthetics + Makeup Artistry: 1150 hours.

Makeup Artistry

Makeup Artistry: 150 hours.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy: 840 hours.

Nail Technology

Nail Technology: 350 hours.

Things to Know

It’s important that potential and current students alike understand the net price, consumer info, and gainful employment information that Bellus provides. Click here to see that information on a city to city basis.

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Great! Make sure to check out all of our programs. If you just can’t decide, contact an admissions representative at the nearest school, and they can help you find the right fit. The beauty industry is almost endless, so go out and take advantage of all it has to offer!

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