Prospective students may benefit from reviewing the following responses to frequently asked questions about the MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics.

I do not have a strong background in science. Will I still be able to be successful in this program?

In opening up enrollment to students from many different academic backgrounds, we’ve worked hard to ensure our courses are accessible to those who don’t have a lot of background in science or medicine. We believe that a strong interest and the ability to reach out with questions when needed will serve students well regardless of their previous field of study.

Does the program prefer applicants who have work experience in the medical cannabis field?

We do not require that applicants currently work in the medical cannabis industry. Applicants will be evaluated based on their statement of academic and professional interests, transcripts, resume, and letters of recommendation.

Is the curriculum challenging for someone with a strong science/technical background?

We recognize that some students may have advanced clinical or scientific degrees and that some course material may be a review for those students. We have designed our activities to be accessible to students without a science background while also being interesting and challenging to those who do have such training, including different discussion questions, higher level essays and assignments, and peer-to-peer teaching opportunities.

Where do I upload my CV/Resume?

After you submit the initial application, you will be able to submit supplemental items to the online application system (such as your CV/resume and personal statement).

I have been out of school for some time and no longer have relationships with former faculty members, who should I ask for letters of recommendation?

We suggest asking for letters from employers, colleagues, or other individuals who know you well and who can speak to your academic and professional abilities and goals, as well as your ability to succeed in a graduate-level academic program.

How many words should the statement of intent be?

The statement should be between 300 to 500 words, and should address your academic and/or professional career goals and objectives in pursing graduate study.

I am having trouble submitting my supplemental items, who should I contact?

Please contact the University of Maryland Graduate School Admissions office at gradapply@umaryland.edu or 410-706-7131.

Is FAFSA applicable?

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are interested in receiving federal or state aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Graduate students enrolled as degree seeking with at least six (6) credit hours can be considered for the federal direct unsubsidized Stafford loan and the graduate PLUS loan. Prospective students who have questions about financing their education should contact University Student Financial Assistance.

Will there be an opportunity to get scholarships, fellowships/assistantships, or grants once someone is in the program?

We do not currently offer scholarships, fellowships, or grants to students in this program. Prospective students who have questions about financing their education should contact University Student Financial Assistance.

How is payment for tuition handled?

Tuition is charged prior to the start of each semester. For more information regarding payment, please contact the Student Accounting Office at studentaccounting@umaryland.edu or (410) 706-2930.

Do I have to be online at a certain time or can I complete coursework on my own time? How much time can I expect to spend on coursework in a given week?

The online portions of the course are asynchronous (recorded lectures, readings, etc), so there is some flexibility in when you complete assignments (as long as they're submitted by the due date). We expect that most of our students will also be working while taking courses. You can expect to spend 10-15 hours a week completing activities for each course (this includes reading materials, watching lectures, and completing assignments).

I live too far away to attend the symposiums each semester, am I still able to participate in the program?

We do require students to travel to the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md., twice a year (once in the fall, once in the spring) for one-day symposia. Students will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, network with classmates and professionals in the medical cannabis community/industry, and work on longitudinal group projects. The fall symposium will be held on September 5, 2019.

When will application decisions be made?

Once all application materials (including supplemental materials) are received by the Graduate School, the Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis. Once a decision is made by the committee, the Graduate School will contact you regarding the decision and next steps.

What planned practical experiences are included in the program?

There are no planned internships or laboratories as part of this program. However, students will have an opportunity to meet and network with professionals working in the medical cannabis community/industry at our twice yearly symposia at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md.

Is there an option to complete the program in less than two years?

No, we currently we do not have an accelerated option for students who wish to complete the course in less than two years.

What do most graduates do after graduation?

Graduates of our program will be able to support patients and the medical cannabis industry with expertise regarding the science and clinical effects of the cannabis plant; add to existing scientific and clinical research on cannabis; and contribute to the development of well-informed medical cannabis policy. We anticipate that graduates will have increased potential for securing a position in the medical cannabis industry.