Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutic Management, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Our online graduate certificate program prepares professionals in healthcare, law enforcement, social workers, school officials and others to understand the benefits of medical cannabis. 

Program highlights include: 

  • Designed for professionals who seek a strong understanding of the pharmacological principles of cannabis, and greater overall knowledge of the medical cannabis industry. 
  • Fully online. Four courses, 12 credits. 
  • Gain knowledge of scientific evidence in the successful treatment of multiple medical conditions. 
  • Taught by industry-expert faculty, students are introduced to multiple areas within the medical cannabis industry to get a holistic view.

Curriculum Overview

As part of the School for Professional Studies, this 12-credit, fully online program offers technology-driven professionals like you a flexible option to meet your personal career goals. If you have obtained an undergraduate degree or higher, you may pursue a stand-alone certificate. All courses are offered in eight-week terms through SLU Online, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals. 


  • Physician 
  • Pharmacist 
  • Principal or school counselor 
  • Social Worker 
  • Nurse 
  • Police Officer 
  • Therapist 
  • Dispensary operator 

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcript from a degree-granting institution.
  • Most successful applicants have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • At least two years of work experience is recommended (includes full-time and part-time employment, internships, co-ops and similar experiences).
  • Statement of professional goals (approximately 500 words suggested) articulating what attracted you to this program, and how a master's degree in this field will benefit you in your present or future career.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.

Requirements for International Students

Along with the general admission requirements above, the following must be provided by prospective international students:

  • Demonstration of English Language ProficiencySome examples of demonstrated English language proficiency include minimum score requirements for the following standardized tests:
    • Paper-based TOEFL: 550
    • Internet-based TOEFL: 80
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • PTE: 54
  • Academic records, in English translation, for postsecondary studies outside the United States. These must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted. 

Application and Assistantship Deadlines

Students should apply for the fall semester by August 6 and the spring semester by January 7.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by program directors.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

For priority consideration for graduate assistantship, apply by Feb. 1. 

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  • Graduates will be able to use the pharmacological principles of medical cannabis to develop procedures for managing patient health issues.
  • Graduates will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of cannabis in patient care.
  • Graduates will be able to evaluate the role of Medical Cannabis in society.
CSO 5000Medical Cannabis History, Society and Science3
CSO 5100Cannabis Pharmacology3
CSO 5200Health Implications and Management Using Medical Cannabis3
CSO 5300Cannabis Entrepreneurship, Law and Compliance3
Total Credits12

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Fall 1  
CSO 5000 Medical Cannabis History, Society and Science 3
Fall 2  
CSO 5100 Cannabis Pharmacology 3
Spring 1  
CSO 5200 Health Implications and Management Using Medical Cannabis 3
Spring 2  
CSO 5300 Cannabis Entrepreneurship, Law and Compliance 3
 Total Credits12

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please call 314-526-2825 or email