Cannabis control compliance officer at work in a cannabis dispensary

Graduate Certificate in Cannabis Control

Prepare to Take the Lead in a Rapidly Growing New Industry

Cannabis is estimated to become a multibillion-dollar industry by 2025. As more states move toward both medical and adult-use cannabis legalization, organizations in public and private sectors will require a deeper understanding of the newly emerging and consistently changing regulatory environment.

Excelsior College’s Graduate Certificate in Cannabis Control will educate you on the opportunities, challenges, and complexities of the cannabis industry and its accompanying regulations. You will learn to develop your critical thinking skills and deepen your knowledge base to understand the impact of cannabis legalization in our communities, states, and nation as a whole, enabling you to keep pace in this fast-changing environment.

The unique interdisciplinary approach prepares you to converse with policymakers, industry leaders, proprietors, and other stakeholders across the many professions that the cannabis industry touches.

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to this graduate certificate program.

There is no application fee for cannabis program applicants.

Fast Facts:

Over the past four years (2017–2020), the legal cannabis industry has doubled in size, and projections indicate this growth to continue until 2028.


Cannabis is the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. job market (Source: Markets Insider)


Compliance managers’ average salary is $62,500 with a range from $45K to $149K (Cannabis Industry Salary Guide 2018: Vangst)


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Cannabis Control Certificate Program Details

Excelsior College’s Graduate Certificate in Cannabis Control is a fully online program of three graduate interdisciplinary courses focusing on policy, risk assessment, and commerce. The certificate can be earned in as few as six months and is an excellent way for students who have earned a business, health sciences, criminal justice, or public administration degree to add a specialization.

In this course, students will be faced with the impact of legalization on various institutions, organizations, and individuals, including safety, testing/regulation, marketing, dilemmas between policy and legal regimes they live in, and budgetary implications.

In this course, students will analyze the complexities of interstate/international commerce and explore the differences in regulations at federal and state levels, as well as the different regulatory environments across states. Specific focus will be on issues related to cybersecurity, supply chain management, and inventory control, and their implications for business organizations that might operate across markets with varying regulatory environments.

Students will learn about risk assessment in cannabis control and gain skills necessary to evaluate risks in the field related to: cultivation, harvesting, genetic testing, containment, water supply, pests, cybersecurity, grants, product safety labeling, and workplace testing/safety. In this course, the students will discuss harm reduction strategies when moving from an unregulated to a regulated market. They will also learn to conduct risk assessments in their communities.

Common Careers with an
Cannabis Control Certificate

Excelsior College has more than two decades of experience in online education and has been providing educational opportunity to adult learners since 1971. Business, criminal justice, health sciences, and public administration are among our degree programs.

Excelsior values lifelong learning and offers learning resources and support for student success.

The faculty of the Graduate Certificate in Cannabis Control program are industry experts in various disciplines, and the program is designed around a uniquely career-focused compliance and regulatory framework.

Online learning provides unparalleled access in today’s ever-increasing digital world. Students from across the country can participate in this program, which will prepare them for diverse careers in the U.S. cannabis industry.

Lauren Harlow
AS in Liberal Arts, 2017

“Excelsior gave me skills in critical analysis, writing, problem solving, and communicating, which all helped me perform my job well.”

Accreditations & Recognitions

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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