All semesters are eight weeks long: two eight-week semesters in the "Fall Semester," two eight-week semesters in the "Spring Semester," and one eight-week semester in the "Summer Semester."

The MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics program blends online instruction with face-to-face experiences at the Universities at Shady Grove, located in Rockville, Md. The program is designed to be completed in two years.

Students will take four required foundational courses in medical cannabis science, therapeutics, and policy. Students will also be able to choose four elective courses based on their interests. After completing elective courses, all students will take a course in research methods as well as a capstone course comprised of expert seminars, case studies, and discussions.

Suggested Plan of Study:

YearSemesterCreditsCourse
1 Fall A 3 MCST 601: Introduction to Medical Cannabis History, Culture, and Policy
1 Fall B 3 MCST 602: Principles of Drug Action and Cannabinoid Pharmacology
1 Spring A 3 MCST 603: Basic Cannabinoid Chemistry and Drug Delivery
1 Spring B 3 MCST 604: The Clinical Effects of Medical Cannabis
1 Summer 3 MCST 607: Negative Physical, Psychiatric, and Social Effects of Cannabis
2 Fall A 3
Choose One:
2 Fall B 3
Choose One:
2 Spring A 3 MCST 610: State and Federal Cannabis Laws and Policies
2 Spring B 3 MCST 611: Research Design and Medical Cannabis
2 Longitudinal 3 MCST 612: Expert Seminars and Case Studies
**Students starting the program in Fall 2019 will register and pay for MCST 612 in Spring 2020, and receive their final grade in Spring 2021.