Academic Curriculum

Oaksterdam University offers comprehensive educational programs for almost every career interest in the cannabis industry. From business and law to horticulture and patient or customer relations, our internationally recognized faculty helped pave the way for medical cannabis and adult use legalization as we know it today, and our faculty are practitioners who do what they teach. Since 1996, our faculty has been participating in writing laws and policy, then informing OU students about their risks and responsibilities.

We offer internships and employment opportunities as well. Our graduates can be confident that there are many career opportunities in this industry.

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy (Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes) to help develop our learning outcomes for each class and presentation, our curriculum addresses different learning styles, while focusing on tangible, actionable and lasting results. Using a variety of teaching techniques to address student learning, our goal is for the student to have more knowledge, acquire a skill, or develop an opinion about each topic presented that can be applied in the real world.  

Oaksterdam University innovated an education system where none previously existed. As the nation’s first cannabis college, Oaksterdam set the industry standard for excellence in cannabis education.

Whether you know exactly where you’re headed, or you’re still searching for the right career path, Oaksterdam University has more than 50 active instructors, employers, business leaders, industry legends.  Oaksterdam University is established after ten-years of teaching, offering confidence to regulators, investors and employers that you received a solid education through experienced and ever-evolving curriculum to help you to succeed and stand out.

Academic Departments

The Classic program is a diverse curriculum offering courses within all sectors of the Cannabis industry including business, history, law, economics and science. Industry leaders and pioneers lend their expertise on the legal, political, scientific and economic perspectives of the cannabis plant and the businesses creating this industry. Students who complete this program will have a better understanding of the business behind the plant and ways to engage in this emerging new industry.

Business Department

Program description

Horticulture Department

Business

The Classic program is a diverse curriculum offering courses within all sectors of the Cannabis industry including business, history, law, economics and science. Industry leaders and pioneers lend their expertise on the legal, political, scientific and economic perspectives of the cannabis plant and the businesses creating this industry. Students who complete this program will have a better understanding of the business behind the plant and ways to engage in this emerging new industry.

Business Department

Horticulture

Our Horticulture program is designed for anyone looking to learn everything from seed to harvest. Our courses will begin with cultivation law, giving you the opportunity to learn about the law as it pertains to growing, ensuring that you operate safely and responsibly.

Classes consist of slide presentations and lectures by industry leaders. Each class is accompanied with a hands on lab with plants in all stages. There will be ample opportunities to participate in Q & A sessions. Classes also include additional lab time with OU lab techs and instructors, as well as do-it-yourself (DIY) opportunities that will help you develop your personal goals in both small and large scale settings.

Horticulture Department

Course Structure

The Semester option is 14 weeks in duration, with classes meeting once a week for 2.5 hours.  Classes consist of slide presentations, lectures, and demonstrations with live plants.  In the Horticulture program, there are additional hands-on workshops led by experienced industry leaders.

Classes also include Q&A sessions, opportunities for volunteer hands-on lab time with OU lab techs and instructors, and DIY projects that will help you plan and develop your personal goals in both small and large scale settings. Homework and exams are given to further your learning outcomes and upon successful completion, the official Oaksterdam Certificate of Completion will be awarded to you; a mark of your achievement and commitment to excellence that you can hang with pride and utilize for career advancement.

Classic Semester

Horticulture Semester

With the Classic ‘Basic’ (2 day) and ‘Advanced’(4 day) options, we cover similar curriculum found in our Semester program. The two-day option covers the foundation materials needed to understand cannabis as medicine, the current legal framework, and the needs of patients and consumers. The four-day Advanced option covers the complete business course, how to start a business, your rights and responsibilities.

The full Horticulture Seminar option is a condensed version of our 14-week semester, offered in two parts. You must take all four days to complete. Please note: The Horticulture Seminar does not include Outdoor Horticulture (only offered in Semester). Exams are offered to assess student knowledge and upon successful completion, the student will receive the official
Oaksterdam Certificate of Completion.

Classic Seminar

Horticulture Seminar

We now offer a comprehensive overview of the regulatory structure and requirements of both the Medical Cannabis Regulation & Safety Act of 2015 (“MCRSA”) and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“AUMA”), including license types, local permitting requirements, cross-ownership restrictions, and implementation in an online format.  More programs will be launched in 2017, including Indoor Horticulture in the late summer.

MCRSA Online

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