Cannabis Business

Cannabis Business

Direct to Work
Offered in the Classroom & 50% Online
Program of Study

About the Program

The Associate of Applied Science degree is designed to prepare a new generation of business managers and operators within a cannabis enterprise. The program combines a mix of the core business, management, and marketing curriculum with applied cannabis-related courses. It provides students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience essential to operate a cannabis business within legal constraints.

The program at CCD offers you the ability to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) and either start working immediately or work towards a bachelor's or master's in the emerging field. As a cannabis business student, you'll think critically about cannabis legislation, growing, distributing/selling, and the social impact of the industry. Graduates of the program obtain industry-recognized credentials and build a record of work and hands-on experience.

Academic Support

 Academic support is provided through CCD’s Excel Zone.

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 50 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?

303.352.6785 |

Financial Aid Eligibility

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at

Internships & Service Learning Opportunities

Students spend part of this program in an internship that provides them with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

Increasing the legitimacy and legality of medicinal plants nationwide and in Colorado has created a great demand for qualified technical personnel.

Fourty-seven states have legalized the use of cannabis in some way, twenty-one of which have legalized recreational use for adults. As of the January 2022 Cannabis Jobs count, legal cannabis has created 428,059 full-time jobs in the United States, a 33 percent increase from 2020 and the fifth straight year with job growth greater than 27 percent.