Deborah A. Peterson

Deborah Peterson

Professor of Technology and Occupational Sciences

Office: 114-A Jacobetti Complex
Phone: 906-227-1527

Biographical Profile

Deborah Peterson has been a teacher in NMU’s cosmetology program for 20 years and has worked in the cosmetology industry since 1978. 

Professor Peterson believes that NMU is unique in its diverse course offerings. Students at the School of Technology and Applied Sciences can choose from a variety of degree programs ranging from diploma to baccalaureate, and these degrees often lead to immediate job placement upon graduation.

Professor Peterson says that “the cosmetology program is very fortunate to have numerous graduates employed within the immediate area and world-wide.” It is the school’s mission to work closely with the industry and with learners of all ages, ensuring that the students have the skills required to meet industry needs. She believes that there is no other school within the Midwest that provides the same type of quality education in a beautiful setting with such a dedicated faculty and staff as the School of Technology and Applied Sciences at Northern Michigan University.  

Courses Taught

COS 111: Fundamentals of Cosmetology
COS 113: Fundamental Application of Physical Services
COS 142: Master Level of Cosmetology II 
COS 143: Master Level of Physical Services
HR 060: Theory of Cosmetology Fundamentals
HR 061: Theory of Cosmetology Supervision
HR 062: Theory of Cosmetology Administration
HR 063: Practice of Cosmetology Fundamentals
HR 064: Practice of Cosmetology Supervision


  • B.S., M.S., Ferris State University
  • License: Cosmetology Instructor