MS in Biotechnology - Medical Cannabis Therapeutics Concentration


Medical cannabis can be described as the unprocessed or processed cannabis plant or extract consisting of Cannabinoids, terpenes, and other hydrocarbons that are prescribed by physicians for their patients. These products have been used for centuries to manage or treat several ailments including, but not limited to, Epilepsy, pain, blood pressure, seizures, depression, anxiety,  and appetite loss as well as supplemental treatments for cancer, Palliative Care, AIDS,  sickle cell disease, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Tourette’s, autism, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), and more. At the end of 2021, the size of the global medical cannabis market exceeded $17 billion USD and is expected to grow at a compounded growth rate of 22.9% over the next 10 years. Correspondingly, employment in this sector grew 32% in FY21, adding 77,000 new jobs to the 21,000 Americans employed in the legal cannabis industry.

Morehouse School of Medicine’s Medical Cannabis Therapeutics concentration in our #1 Ranked MS in Biotechnology prepares students to excel in this new and growing marketplace. With this training, several jobs are waiting for the well-trained as medical cannabis laboratory scientists, Budtender, Dispensary Manager, production/ testing technicians & analysts, brand ambassadors, medical cannabis liaison(s), cultivation technicians, Extraction Technicians, Master growers,  Marijuana Sales Representatives, Cannabis Compliance Manager, and operational business leaders, e.g., chief of cultivation and chief of manufacturing. 

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Program at a Glance

  • Credits to Graduate: 35-credit hours
  • Program Length: 12 months/1 year
  • GMAT/GRE or Waiver: GMAT/GRE not required
  • Tuition: $950 per credit hour

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College graduates interested in advancing their careers in biotechnology with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.


This 35-credit hour MSBT degree is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the biotechnology industry including government, academic, laboratories, and private sector that serve as a pathway to advance training via online learning. The program offers students a unique combination of courses in biosciences, regulatory affairs, entrepreneurship, and project management. 




New discoveries in biotechnology are transforming life as we know it. This field intersects biology and technology that leads new product development designed to enrich lives. From drug development to the production of biologics, plant and animal science to medical devices - biotechnology is everywhere. Biotechnology addresses many global problems such as climate change, aging, health equity, food production, and infectious disease to name a few. As a result, job growth of the biotechnology workforce is one of the fastest growing sectors globally (Bureau of Labor Statistics).



Online Course Calendar 2023-2024


Start Date

Finish Date

Final Grades Posted

Spring 2023
(Terms I & II)

Monday, Jan. 2

Saturday, Feb. 25

March 1

Monday, Feb. 27

Saturday, April 22

April 26

Summer 2023
(Terms I & II)

Monday, May 1

Saturday, June 24

June 28

Monday, June 26

Saturday, Aug. 21

Aug. 23

Fall 2023
(Terms I & II)

Monday, Aug. 21

Saturday, Oct. 16

Oct. 20

Monday, Oct. 16

Saturday, Dec. 9

Dec. 13

Spring 2024 (Terms I & II)

Tuesday, Jan. 2

Saturday, Feb. 24

Feb. 28


Monday, Feb. 26

Saturday, April 20

April 24






Fall 2023 Cohort

  • Applications open: January 1, 2023
  • Applications close: July 14, 2023
  • Early decision: April 1, 2023
  • Classes begin: August 21, 2023

Interviews will take place on a rolling basis as completed applications are received and reviewed by the admissions committee. *Interviews are not guaranteed.

Scheduled Breaks

  • Spring Break: 4/24/23 - 5/1/23
  • Winter Break: 12/10/23-1/1/24

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