Designed for students who already hold a Master’s degree in another discipline, the Graduate Certificate curriculum consists of four core curriculum courses (12 credits) and two electives (6 credits) for a total of 18 credits. Courses in the Graduate Certificate 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 Graduate Certificate 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.