Cannabis Business Certificate


  • College of Health Professions

Institute of Emerging Health Professions

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Program Length

1 year

Program Type

  • Online


Name: Ruth Charbonneau, JD, RN
Position: Program Director
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Name: Brooke Worster, MD
  • Medical Advisor, Cannabis Programs
  • Associate Professor
Organization: Institute of Emerging Health Professions
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More than half of the United States has already legalized cannabis in some form, and the legal cannabis industry has been growing at a rate faster than any other industry over the past four years, becoming the single greatest job creation engine in America. According to a Grand View Research, Inc. report, the global legal marijuana market size is expected to reach $73.6 billion by 2027.

Program Overview

The path to a successful cannabis business is full of confusing and complex laws and regulations, steep taxes, and many other roadblocks. The certificate in Cannabis Business equips graduates with the knowledge, skills, and intrapreneurial mindset needed to turn a unique winning idea that fills an unmet need in the cannabis industry into reality.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Characterize key regulatory and business issues applicable to the cannabis industry.
  • Identify and analyze the current and potential future economic impacts of cannabis and hemp.
  • Develop and implement well-managed and well-executed financial and operation plans.
  • Discuss the history and haphazard progression of legislation and the current status of regulations, policies, and laws primarily in the US (federal and various state).
  • Design and manage simple and complex innovative projects related to the cannabis industry.


The Cannabis Business certificate is one of the stackable certificates leading up to the MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Business.

The courses in the certificate program are designed to accommodate and interest students with diverse academic background and career interests. All cannabis courses are online and mostly asynchronous. Students may enroll into the program in fall, spring, or summer.

(Select 3 courses)

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Term
CBU 501 Emerging Issues in the Business of Cannabis 3 Fall
CBU 506 Essentials of Cannabis Financial and Operations Analysis 3 Spring
CBU 509 Industrial Hemp Materials, Process, and Products 3 Fall
MBA 604 Business Model Innovation 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
CCT 508 Quality Control and Quality Assurance in Med. Cannabis Analysis and Dispensing 3 Summer

If you are not ready to commit to a MS degree or a full certificate, take a course or two as a non-degree student (non-matriculated option) - see information