Syracuse University presents

Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture

The knowledge professional legal growers need to succeed.

Payment Plans Available

Cannabis agriculture is a complex but rewarding process; one that takes insightful understanding to achieve successful results. This program provides both novice and experienced growers with the accurate information needed to effectively engage in cannabis production, management and cultivation.

In six months, you will learn how to care for cannabis plants, study cannabis botany and genetics and explore plant growth techniques. As you gain experience, you will elect to specialize in the indoor or outdoor grow track with immersive and experiential learning opportunities to work hands-on with hemp or dioecious plants.

In the past, cannabis horticulture has been stigmatized, with a lack of industry standards resulting in misinformation. Here, you will have access to accurate and informative learnings from expert growers as you develop a portfolio of work and earn a credible cannabis qualification.



3 Courses

8 weeks each

100% Online

Instructor led, asynchronous

Full Payment Option


Installment Option

*following initial $750 payment

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Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture Courses

Cannabis 101: History and Practice Across Industries

This course offers an in-depth introduction to cannabis, across history, culture and industry. Topics range from botany to business practices, including Cannabis Law & Policy, FDA regulation, and future opportunities for cannabis-related legal careers. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • History of Cannabis
  • Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
  • Agriculture and Cultivation
  • Enterprise
  • Law and Policy
  • Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
  • Careers in the Cannabis Industry 

Cannabis Agriculture & Horticulture I: Plant Care and the Vegetative Cycle

Students will gain historical perspectives of statutory and administrative law pertaining to cannabis and hemp. Participants will take part in cohort-based exploration of legal topics ranging from professional conduct to licensing, liability and contracting. Projects and case studies are specific to the student’s state or local jurisdiction. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • Botany and Genetics
  • Seeds, Germination, and Transplanting
  • Cloning
  • Soil and Growing Media
  • Cannabis Light Sources
  • Watering Essentials
  • The Vegatative Cycle

Cannabis Agriculture & Horticulture II: The Flowering Cycle and Maximizing Yields

Focusing on agriculture, entrepreneurship or healthcare law and policy, students will cover employment and labor law, real estate and environmental law, intellectual property protection and other topics. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • Cannabis Plant Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Flowering Cycle
  • Pests, Diseases, and Threats
  • Harvesting and Drying
  • Trimming and Processing
  • Curing and Storage
  • Industrial Hemp
Expert Cannabis Educators

Expert Cannabis Educators

Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture features expert instruction from pioneering cannabis cultivation professionals and respected horticultural experts, including leaders in cannabis plant nutrition, commercial cultivation experts and specialists in sustainability.

The Highest Standards for Online Learning

Our curriculum is developed by a team of instructional design and interactive technology experts, utilizing theory-to-practice teaching methods designed to deliver expert education that can be applied in a real-world setting.

Derek Gilman


Green Flower host, second-generation grower, and cannabis connoisseur.

David White, Ph.D.


A specialist in ecosystem restoration and sustainability with a Ph.D. in Medicine from Edinburgh University in Scotland.

Kyra L Rude

Manager, RinCon-Vitova Insectories, Inc.

Guest lecturer and specialist in biological pest control and organic farming and gardening methods. She holds a Biology degree from Purdue University.

Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands

New York is expected to add between 6,000 and 8,000 jobs over the coming year, with an average of 130 new jobs every week.

Source: Vangst Jobs Report 2023

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In 2023, the state of New York is expected to reach between $500 million and $600 million in legal cannabis sales. 

Source: Vangst Jobs Report 2023

Full Time Jobs

In 2022, there were over 417,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States.

Source: Vangst Jobs Report 2023

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For five years in a row the cannabis industry grew by more than 27%, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the country.

Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2022

Your Schedule

Courses are designed using online learning best practices and are scheduled to accommodate working professionals.

Employer Network Access

When you complete the program, you’ll gain access to exclusive benefits designed to help you land your dream job.

Official University Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a certificate of completion from Syracuse University.
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