Do you want to be a Master of Science (MS) in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics? Then look no further than the University of Maryland, which is all set to launch a master’s degree program aimed at instructing students on both the science and regulation of medical marijuana.
According to a press release from the university, the course will “provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to support patients and the medical cannabis industry, contribute to existing research in the field, and develop well-informed medical cannabis policies.”
The program is being deemed as the first ever in the US to be dedicated to the study of the medicinal uses of cannabis.
“The MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics is a one-of-a-kind program,” said Dr. Leah Sera, Director of the new program. “The faculty from the School of Pharmacy, who are experts at both basic and clinical sciences involving medications, are dedicated to making coursework not only interesting but also accessible to all the students.”
Although the 2-year program — based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville — is open to all applicants with a bachelor’s degree, it will be the most beneficial for regulators, scientists, health care practitioners, dispensary owners and other marijuana industry professionals.
“There is honestly no other educational program that offers as much in-depth instruction on the science, policy, and therapeutics of medical marijuana as our master’s program,” said Sera.
Reportedly, the curriculum of the program will be a mix of online coursework and “face-to-face” experiences. For the latter, the students will be required to travel to the university’s campus outside Washington, D.C. at least once per semester.
“These individuals will be well-prepared to support patients and the medical marijuana industry with the knowledge and top-notch skills gained from the coursework.”
The last date to apply for the program is August 15, and the classes are scheduled to begin on August 26.