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.
36 credits as follows:
15 credits: Core Curriculum: All are Required
THA 605: Foundations of Thanatology, 3cr
THA 615: Bereavement Theory & Practice, 3cr
THA 625: Theological Perspectives in Thanatology, 3cr
THA 630: Thantology Research Methods, 3cr
THA 640: Applied Ethics & The End of Life, 3cr
18 credits: Elecitve Courses: Choose six of the following
THA 705: Death in the Lives of Children & Teens, 3cr
THA 710: Understanding Suicide, 3cr
THA 715: Bereavement after Traumatic Death, 3cr
THA 720: Children, Teens & Suicide, 3cr
THA 725: Bereavement Prgoram Development, 3cr
THA 730: Suicide Prevention & Postvention, 3cr
THA 735: Palliative & Hospice Care, 3cr
THA 745: Spiritual Formation & Thanatology, 3cr
THA 755: Death & the Literary Imagination, 3cr
3 credits: Capstone: Required
THA 795: Applied Thanatology Capstone, 3cr
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.