Master of Science in Thanatology
Providing inspired care and support to families in need.
Dealing with issues related to death, dying, loss and bereavement is something that touches everyone. It takes a special kind of person to dedicate his or her life to supporting and assisting those confronting end-of-life and loss issues. It takes compassion and empathy. And it takes an in-depth knowledge of the many processes, psychological and social issues involved with death and grieving. Marian’s Master of Science in Thanatology is designed to deliver that in-depth knowledge and comprehensive training so that you’ll be ready to positively impact lives.
The Master of Science in Thanatology offers an interdisciplinary and scientific study of the dying and grieving process; social attitudes towards death and loss; suicide prevention education; and the social, psychological and medical aspects of death and bereavement. You’ll gain powerful preparation to work with nurses, social workers, chaplains, funeral directors, counselors, law enforcement officers and educators. Our curriculum is aligned with the Association for Death Education and Counseling's (ADEC) Body of Knowledge, which prepares you to take the ADEC Certification exam.
The program is designed for working professionals who are looking to earn their degree without sacrificing their current position or other obligations. You’ll complete the program entirely online, and can take advantage of three different program start times throughout the year. We offer a flexible course sequence, and the program can be completed in two years or less.
The Marian Reputation
A hallmark of the Thanatology program is an accomplished faculty of nationally recognized experts. Our faculty are leaders in the field, regularly publish in significant journals and trade books, are invited to speak at national conferences and bring years of experience working in professional settings. You’ll benefit from their personalized instruction and guidance, and be positioned to form connections with hospitals, hospices, nonprofit organizations and other employers.