NEW YORK, December 14, 2022—PRESS RELEASE—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 Operations; Cannabis Sales and Marketing; The Chemistry of Cannabis: Medicine, Wellness, and Product Use; and Cannabis and Social Equity Policy.

In addition, students must take one elective: Cannabis Cultivation and Processing; Cannabis Supply Chain Management: From Seed to Sale; Cooking with Cannabis; Security in the Cannabis Industry; or Finance and Cash Flow for a Cannabis Business.

For questions about the Certificate, email the NYU SPS Continuing Education department at

Explore Certificate in the Business of Cannabis course options or fill out your Application to Declare Certificate Candidacy today.