The Master of Science in Thanatology is designed to prepare individuals for employment in organizations that focus on the delivery of care for individuals and families confronting end-of-life healthcare and subsequent bereavement issues, and/or to prepare individuals for employment in organizations that specialize in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. The program combines rigorous study across the spectrum of end-of-life studies with content in palliative & hospice care, ethics, spirituality & religion, suicide/suicide prevention, unnatural death, end-of-life decision-making, communication with service providers & families, program development & assessment, diversity, death education and a core curriculum grounded in thanatology theory and practice. The Thanatology curriculum consists of six core curriculum courses (18 credits) and six electives (18 credits) for a total of 36 credits. Courses in the core curriculum may be waived by the program director contingent on equivalent experience or course work. The program is delivered entirely online.
THANATOLOGY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Designed for students who do not hold a bachelor's degree but who wish to earn a certificate to enhance their volunteer, vocational or professional experience. Courses in the certificate core curriculum may be waived by the program director contingent on equivalent experience or coursework. A high school diploma or equivalent is required for application. The program is delivered entirely online.
18 credits as follows:
GRB 350 Palliative and Hospice Care: History, Theory, and Practice, 3 cr.
GRB 355 Grief and Bereavement: Theory and Practice, 3 cr.
GRB 360 Walking with the Bereaved: Practical Helping Skills, 3 cr.
GRB 365 Making Sense of Death: Personal, Spiritual, and Theological Perspectives, 3 cr.
6 credits from the following:
GRB 400 Death in the Lives of Children and Teenagers, 3 cr.
GRB 405 Grief and Bereavement after Traumatic Death, 3 cr.
GRB 410 Bereavement Education for Professionals and Communities, 3 cr.
To be considered for admission into the Master of Science in Thanatology, the applicant must submit the following:
- A completed Marian University application form
- A $50 non-refundable application fee
- An official transcript from each college or university attended
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Students may be considered for admission on a probationary status with less than a 2.75 GPA
- Two confidential letters of recommendation
- Career goal statement
Transfer of Credit Policy
Students can transfer up to 9 credits into the graduate program; each possible transferrable course is reviewed individually. Each course must be less than 7 years old.
To apply for the Masters of Science in Thanatology, use the Admissions Checklist. This document will guide you through the process and ensure that you have sumitted all of the neccessary materials.
The Thanatology Recommendation form is for your use.