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Online Cannabis Degree Programs

Online Cannabis Degree Programs

Be part of a thriving industry

The cannabis industry shows fast growth — and with that growth comes a wide range of new jobs. Beal’s online cannabis degree programs provide the skills and knowledge you need to enter this thriving field. Select from four online programs to fit your desired path and interests: medicinal plant sciences (B.S.), cannabis sciences (A.A.S.), or cannabis business administration (A.A.S.). Take courses online and earn your cannabis degree in as little as 20 months.

100% online cannabis degrees

Our cannabis degree programs are completely online. Complete your coursework from home or anywhere in the world.

2 program options

Choose the program that fits your educational and career goals. Earn a bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree.

Since 1891

Located in Bangor, Maine, Beal University has been providing exceptional, career-focused education for more than 130 years.

A $72 billion industry by 2030

The cannabis industry is experiencing double-digit growth every year. Sales in the United States are forecast to exceed $72 billion by 2030, at an average rate of 14 percent per year.

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Source: New York Times

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Next Start Date: Jan 3rdOnline Cannabis Degree Programs Beal University - Bangor Campus 99 Farm Road Bangor ME USA 04401 Beal University

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Our Online Cannabis Degree Programs

Beal University’s online cannabis degree programs are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter this fast-growing industry. With three distinct online program options, you can target your education to specific fields that match your interests and goals. Immerse yourself in the fundamentals of medicinal plant sciences or focus specifically on cannabis science or the cannabis business. Regardless of which program you select, you’ll gain the education you need to thrive in your chosen field.

Medicinal Plant Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Length: 34 months*

Our Medicinal Plant Sciences program offers a well-rounded education in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences, as well as a foundational introduction to the medicinal plant sciences , including cannabis-specific instruction.

Cannabis Laboratory Sciences

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Length: 20 months*

Our Cannabis Sciences program offers a broad survey of the fundamentals of cannabis sciences, including cannabis cultivation, testing, and extraction, as well as a solid foundation in biological, chemical, and plant sciences.

Cannabis Business Administration

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Length: 20 months*

Our Cannabis Business Administration program prepares students to enter the expanding cannabis business landscape. The program includes foundational business topics including accounting, law, marketing, ethics, and management.

Earn a Degree in Cannabis or Medicinal Plant Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Plant Sciences

Location: Online
Length: 34 months*
Credential: Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

The Medicinal Plant Sciences program is a Bachelor of Science degree that is designed to offer students a broad survey of the physical, chemical, and biological sciences, as well as provide a foundational introduction to the medicinal plant sciences. Additionally, the program offers an array of cannabis-specific instruction, including an overview of cultivation, testing, and extraction methodologies. Upper-level coursework emphasizes critical thinking, research, and communication skills.

This degree prepares students for direct entry into research, laboratory, manufacturing, cultivation, and product development roles.

At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency across the physical and biological sciences, including biology and chemistry.
  • Demonstrate foundational understanding of plant sciences, including plant biology, plant physiology, and phytochemistry.
  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of cannabis cultivation, testing, and processing methodologies.
  • Demonstrate competency in critical thinking, research, and both written and oral communication.
  • Biology
  • Physiology
  • Professional Interpening
  • Clinical Chemistry I & II
  • Plant Kingdom
  • Immunology
  • Medicinal Plant Chemistry I & II
  • Those who are interested in any aspect of plant sciences, such as cannabis or other medicinal plants, naturopathy, or plant biology more broadly.
  • Anyone seeking employment in a medicinal plant science-related field, such as research, laboratory, manufacturing, cultivation, and product development.
  • Existing biological sciences professionals who wish to further their careers.

Take a short quiz to find out. Our Medicinal Plant Sciences Career Readiness Quiz takes just 3 minutes to complete. You’ll get a personalized report identifying your strengths and social style, plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Start the quiz now to see your career readiness score.

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Associate of Applied Science in Cannabis Laboratory Sciences

Location: Online
Length: 20 months*
Credential: Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The Cannabis Sciences program is an Associate of Applied Science degree that is designed to offer students a broad survey of the fundamentals of cannabis sciences. The program includes an overview of cannabis cultivation, testing, and extraction methodologies, as well as a solid foundation in biological, chemical, and plant sciences.

This cannabis science degree prepares students for direct entry into laboratory, manufacturing, cultivation, and product development roles.

Upon successful completion of this cannabis degree program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency across the physical and biological sciences, including biology and chemistry.
  • Demonstrate foundational understanding of plant sciences, including plant biology, plant physiology, and phytochemistry.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of cannabis cultivation, testing, and processing methodologies.
  • Biology
  • Physiology
  • Clinical Chemistry I & II
  • Extractions & Concentrations Fundamentals
  • Pharmacology
  • Anyone seeking employment in a cannabis science-related field, such as research, cultivation, testing, or processing.
  • Those who are interested in the science of cannabis and the role it plays in human health and industry.
  • Existing cannabis-industry workers who wish to further their careers.

Take a short quiz to find out. Our Cannabis Sciences Career Readiness Quiz takes just 3 minutes to complete. You’ll get a personalized report identifying your strengths and social style, plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Start the quiz now to see your career readiness score.

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Associate of Applied Science in Cannabis Business Administration

Location: Online
Length: 20 months*
Credential: Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The Cannabis Business Administration program is an Associate of Applied Science degree that is designed to prepare students to enter the expanding cannabis business landscape. This is a cannabis business degree program that includes an overview of foundational business topics, including accounting, law, marketing, ethics, and management. The program also offers cannabis-specific instruction, including a survey of cultivation, testing, and extraction methodologies, as well as an up-to-date overview of legal, regulatory, and market considerations for dispensary and cultivation operations.

After successful completion of the Cannabis Business Administration program, students may seek jobs in the cannabis industry or another business field. Jobs include but are not limited to Dispensary General Manager, Visual Merchandiser & Planner, Budtender, Packager and more.

Upon successful completion of this cannabis degree program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in foundational business practices, including management, accounting, law, marketing, and ethics.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of cannabis-specific regulations, laws, and business practices.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of cannabis cultivation, testing, and processing methodologies.
  • Introduction to Cannabis
  • Professional Interpening
  • Cultivation Operations
  • Dispensary Operations
  • Cannabis Tax and Legal Regulations
  • Anyone seeking employment at a cannabis-related business.
  • Those who are interested in the business or regulatory aspects of the thriving cannabis industry.
  • Entrepreneurs and aspiring or existing business owners.
  • Existing cannabis-industry workers who wish to further their careers.

Take a short quiz to find out. Our Cannabis Business Administration Career Readiness Quiz takes just 3 minutes to complete. You’ll get a personalized report identifying your strengths and social style, plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Start the quiz now to see your career readiness score.

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Transfer Credits Accepted

Have you already taken courses at other universities in the past? You may be able to transfer the credits you have earned and graduate sooner. Request more information today to learn if you qualify.

Cannabis Industry Jobs & Statistics

Why consider a degree in cannabis or medicinal plant sciences? The numbers speak for themselves. Here are some of the latest figures on the fast-growing cannabis industry.

33% increase in jobs

In 2021, America’s cannabis industry created 428,059 full-time jobs – a 33% increase over the previous year.
Source: 2022 Leafly Jobs Report

280 new jobs a day

Cannabis is driving job growth. Last year, the industry created an average of 280 new jobs every day.
Source: 2022 Leafly Jobs Report

$25 billion industry

Legal cannabis is now a $25 billion industry in the United States.  The industry is expected to nearly triple by 2030.
Source: Leafly & New York Times

30% increase in businesses

Cannabis business is booming. The number of cannabis-related businesses has grown between 20% to 30% over the last few years.
Source: EisnerAmper

In the News

The cannabis industry continues to make headlines. Browse some of the recent stories covering industry job growth, research, and business activity.

U.S. Cannabis Sales Hit Record $17.5 Billion

Legal sales across the U.S.—14 states allow adult use, 36 allow for medical sales—hit a record of $17.5 billion, a 46% increase from 2019, according to a new report.
Read more via Forbes

Hartford Cannabis Business Owner Expects ‘Budding’ Industry to Thrive

Anticipation is building in the cannabis industry—with [Connecticut’s] adult-use sales expected by the end of the year. One Hartford cannabis business owner is confident this budding industry will thrive in Connecticut.
Read more via WTNH

Booming US Cannabis Industry Seen as Fertile Ground for Union Expansion

As cannabis legalization has spread throughout the US, workers in the now booming new industry are pushing to unionize, seeking to ensure the sector provides good-paying union jobs with benefits throughout its supply chain.
Read more via Guardian

First Month of Adult-Use Cannabis Sales in N.J. Brings in $24 Million

One month into the nascent cannabis industry’s launch, consumers have purchased $24 million in recreational weed, regulators said during a meeting Tuesday where more permits for dispensaries were approved.

Read more via New Jersey Monitor

About Beal University

Founded in 1891 as Bangor Business College, Beal University has evolved into a comprehensive institution with diverse academic offerings that serve a wide range of students in the state of Maine and beyond. From the beginning, Beal has remained focused on providing programs that give students real-world skills for careers in high-demand fields. Today, Beal offers programs from diploma to graduate-level degrees facilitating all levels of academic pursuits.

History

Based in Bangor, Maine, Beal University was first established in 1891 as Bangor Business College by Mary Beal.

Mission

To become partners with our students in their journey to improve their career opportunities through Beal’s many academic programs.

Vision

To be the most prominent educational institution in the region by providing exceptional academic programs that empower our graduates to excel in their careers.

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Is a Rewarding Career in Cannabis Right for You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about a career in the Cannabis field, fill out the form on this page to receive more information. A friendly Beal University Career Advisor can answer career questions, guide you to our virtual tour, and get you helpful financial aid information. Get the answers you need to discover the perfect career path for you.

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*Program length when completed in normal time.