Minoring, Majoring and Mastering in Cannabis

Undergrad degrees in cannabis are just the beginning — and we couldn’t be more excited. More schools around the country are offering minor studies, majors, and even masters programs in cannabis science. And it’s proving to be a wise course of study. In 2019 alone, the industry created 64,000 jobs and impressive growth is expected to continue. That means competition for securing a good cannabis job, so coming in with the right education is an important differentiator. Here’s what’s currently on offer if you’re looking to minor, major, or master in cannabis.

Get Your Study On

You may already know about cannabis science degrees, also known as medicinal plant chemistry, that can be earned at Northern Michigan University and Minot State University. Technically, the schools are calling it a chemistry degree, but either way, it’s prepping students for careers in cannabis right out of school. Minor studies are currently offered at Stockton University in New Jersey, SUNY Morrisville in New York, and Colorado State University Pueblo in Colorado.

For students just looking to dabble, there are various undergrad classes available at UC Davis, the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, Vanderbilt, and the University of Washington, among others.

Now, schools are upping the ante with graduate programs. Let’s review a few options:

The cannabis science program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health is a 15-credit post-baccalaureate certificate program, making it one of just two in the state and only a few in the nation. Students are looking at an online course completed in 12 months for about $13,000.

The other Maryland option is at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, which offers a low-residency master’s degree in medical cannabis science and therapeutics. The two-year program runs about $25,000. On the plus side, it doesn’t require an undergrad science degree, so it’s a feasible option if you’re looking to break into the cannabis industry at a later life stage.

Higher Education

It’s too easy to make jokes, but all of these classes and programs are signaling a real shift in the perception of cannabis. And that’s a good thing.

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