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 five required foundational courses in medical cannabis science, therapeutics, and policy. Students will also be able to choose three 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:

YearSemesterCourse NumberCreditsCourse Name
1 Fall A MCST 601 3 Introduction to Medical Cannabis History, Culture, and Policy
1 Fall B MCST 602 3 Principles of Drug Action and Cannabinoid Pharmacology
1 Spring A MCST 603 3 Basic Cannabinoid Chemistry and Drug Delivery
1 Spring B MCST 604 3 The Clinical Effects of Medical Cannabis
1 Summer   3 Elective 1*
2 Fall A MCST 607 3 Negative Physical, Psychiatric, and Social Effects of Cannabis
2 Fall B   3 Elective 2*
2 Spring A   3 Elective 3*
2 Spring B MCST 611 3 Research Design and Medical Cannabis
2 Longitudinal MCST 612 3 Expert Seminars and Case Studies

* Students choose to take three of six possible elective courses: