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Cannabis Commercialization Certificate of Graduate Study

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The rapidly evolving cannabis industry is anticipated to become a multi-billion dollar economic driver across the USA – and beyond. Career opportunities related to cannabis are vast, and cross-over talent is in high demand. Plant-touching verticals such as cultivation, extraction, manufacturing and/or retail need experts from other industries to adapt, extend, and expand best practices into the highly regulated cannabis market. There is strong and growing demand for ancillary businesses complementing and serving the cannabis industry, with potential career pathways in far ranging categories such as accessory manufacturers, tech start-ups, as well as services and solutions in accounting and tax, finance and banking, data analysis, marketing and branding, supply chain, and healthcare.

Whether you are drawn to Plant Touching or Ancillary Cannabis Business career pathways – or want to explore options in both categories – you can tailor the Cannabis Commercialization COGS to support your career goals.

The Cannabis Commercialization COGS is made up of 3 courses (9 credits) from the below courses to satisfy pursuit of a Cannabis Commercialization Concentration. The required (6 credits) include Evolution of the Cannabis Industry and Business Model Innovation in Cannabis. Elective courses help enhance your study and allow students to choose options that best fits their career goals.

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The Cannabis Commercialization Certificate of Graduate Study is a part-time program offered in an accelerated online format. It requires the completion of 9 graduate semester hours (3 courses).

  • 3 Courses / 9 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 6 S.H.
ENT 06520 The Evolution of the Cannabis Industry 3
ENT 06521 Business Model Innovation in Cannabis 3
Elective Courses: 3 S.H.
CANN 03501 Cannabis Legislation, Regulation, and Policy 3
CANN 03502 Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization in Work, Leisure, and Setting 3
CANN 03503 Cannabis Research, Program Evaluation and Policy Development 3
CHEM 09530 Advanced Chemical Analysis of Cannabinoids 3
CJ 09529 Community Justice 3
CJ 09532 Race, Ethnicity, Class and Justice 3
DA 02510 Visual Analytics 3
DI 68501 Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion 3
ENT 06505 Entrepreneurship & Innovation 3
ENT 06601 Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing for Change 3
FIN 04512 Capital Budgeting 3
HIST 05519 Political and Social Movements in the US 3
MGT 06530 Sustainable Commerce 3
MGT 06531 Sustainability Assessment 3
MGT 06532 Topics in Sustainability Innovation and Problem Solving 3
MGT 06601 Strategic Planning for Operating Managers 3
MGT 07600 Predictive Analytics 3
MKT 09575 Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation, or will indicate any missing items.


  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
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