The booming cannabis business offers many high-growth opportunities for entrepreneurs and those seeking an exciting new career. In the United States, cannabis sales will grow from $25 billion in 2021 to $40 billion in 2026, according to a recent Forbes article.
Capitalizing on the rising demand in this sector, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) is offering a brand-new continuing education program, the Certificate in the Business of Cannabis, in the Spring 2023 semester.
The Certificate fosters an in-depth understanding of the cannabis industry and its professional opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the unique aspects of the industry, including cannabis cultivation techniques, managing a dispensary, financial regulations, medical cannabis, and cooking with cannabis.
“NYU SPS developed this program in collaboration with industry professionals and thought leaders in the field, many of whom will also teach our courses,” said June Chin, MD, an adjunct professor at the School who helped to create the Certificate program and will teach The Chemistry of Cannabis: Medicine, Wellness, and Product Use in the Spring. A noted expert in developing medical cannabis protocols for the industry and internationally accepted methods for cannabinoid formulations, research, education, and training programs, she added, “This Certificate provides a distinctive credential for those seeking to develop the skills to transition into this thriving market.”
The Certificate consists of a required introductory course, Overview of the Cannabis Industry, which will include a visit to a local dispensary to learn firsthand what dispensaries do and how they operate. Upon completion of the introductory course, students are required to take four core foundational courses: Managing a Cannabis Dispensary and the Regulation of OperationsCannabis Sales and MarketingThe Chemistry of Cannabis: Medicine, Wellness, and Product Use; and Cannabis and Social Equity Policy.
For questions about the Certificate, email the NYU SPS Continuing Education department at sps.info@nyu.edu.
About the NYU School of Professional Studies
For more than 87 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) has been a deeply respected institution of higher education grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 22 graduate degrees, 13 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and degree completion students, four associate degrees, and a plethora of continuing education courses and credentials.
Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the NYU SPS Institute on Federal Taxation, the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate; and the Jonathan M. Tisch Center’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders is a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 39,000 NYU SPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industries around the world. To learn more about NYU SPS, visit sps.nyu.edu.

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