Syracuse University presents

The Business of Cannabis

Your future in the cannabis industry starts here.

Payment Plans Available

For anyone considering a career in cannabis or hemp, specialized knowledge is the key to unlocking the industry’s most exciting opportunities. The cannabis landscape is complex, ever changing and unique. This certificate will provide you with a clear understanding of the cannabis industry.

In the Business of Cannabis program, you will develop critical business skills including risk analysis, scaling operations and regulatory compliance.

Online study makes this course ideal for working professionals or anyone looking to learn from the most experienced educators and professionals in the industry. You have the flexibility to work on instructor-led assignments at a time that suits you, as you build your expertise and earn a credential from one of the most recognized universities in the country.



3 Courses

8 weeks each

100% Online

Instructor led, asynchronous

Full Payment Option


Installment Option

*following initial $750 payment

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The Business of Cannabis Courses

Cannabis 101: History and Practice Across Industries

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 the many challenges that successful cannabis businesses face. 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 

The Business of Cannabis I: Seed to Sale

Gain a broad understanding of how businesses innovate and adapt to industry trends. Includes fundamentals of cultivation, processing and extraction, manufacturing, lab setup and protocols, distribution, retail and delivery and licensing, with an emphasis on business ethics. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • The Business of Cannabis Cultivation
  • Processing and Manufacturing
  • Lab Testing and Analytics
  • Cannabis Distribution
  • The Cannabis Retail Guide
  • Cannabis Real Estate
  • Obtaining Licensing in the Cannabis Industry

The Business of Cannabis II: Scaling Operations

Dive more deeply into sector-specific challenges in areas like real estate, regulatory compliance, marketing, sales, accounting and finance, human resources and innovation and investment. Students complete a business portfolio that includes project management materials, risk analysis, accounting and operations reports and a case study analysis. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • Industrial Hemp
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Marketing in the Cannabis Industry
  • Sales in the Cannabis Industry
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Investment in the Cannabis Industry
Expert Cannabis Educators

Expert Cannabis Educators

The Business of Cannabis features expert instruction and interaction from top executives and entrepreneurs, board-certified doctors and lawyers, advanced professionals in engineering and agriculture and policy makers.

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.

Al Foreman

Partner & CIO of Tuatara Capital

An expert in private equity and corporate finance leveraging 20 years of leadership experience from Tuatara Capital, Highbridge, J.P Morgan, and CitiBank.

Avis Bulbulyan

CEO of SIVA Enterprises

Former President of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force and leading authority in the industry with deep insight into the nuances, regulations, and trends of the cannabis business.

Simone Cimiluca-Radzins, CPA

CEO of Kalogia

A global cannabis business expert leveraging her experience in financial and business management from PwC, Nike, and Fox Entertainment.

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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