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Thanatology Certificate Program (Online)

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.

18 credits as follows:

12 credits:

THA 605 Foundations of Thanatology, 3 cr.

THA 615 Bereavement Theory and Practice, 3 cr.

THA 625 Theological Perspectives in Thanatology, 3 cr.

THA 640 Applied Ethics and the End of Life, 3 cr.

6 credits from the following:

THA 630 Thanatology Research Methods, 3 cr.

THA 705 Death in the Lives of Children and Teens, 3 cr.

THA 715 Bereavement after Unnatural Death, 3 cr.

THA 725 Bereavement Program Development, 3 cr.

THA 735 Palliative and Hospice Care, 3 cr.

THA 745 Spiritual Formation and Thanatology, 3 cr.

THA 710 Understanding Suicide, 3 cr.

THA 720 Children, Teens and Suicide, 3 cr.

THA 730 Suicide Prevention and Postvention, 3 cr.

THA 755 Death and the Literary Imagination, 3 cr.

Tracy Qualmann
Director of Enrollment Partnerships
Adult and Graduate Admission
920-923-7159 OFFICE

Admission Requirements:
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.

20.1 ACT

Fun Fact

The average ACT composite score of incoming first year students at Marian is 20.1, which is higher than several colleges in the area (Source: Marian University Office of Institutional Research, Incoming Class of 2013-14 ).

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