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Welcome to Marian University, your first step to becoming a gentle, compassionate caregiver to those who are facing death and bereavement.

You know the issues of grief, dying and loss – they touch everyone’s lives. You feel compassion and empathy for those experiencing these issues, and want to help them heal in a deep way. At Marian, we share your passion for hope and healing. We’ve crafted our thanatology programs to deliver top instruction form leading experts, with the personalized support and affordability that is essential to you and your future. Marian University has educational partnerships with a national organization: National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) and an international organization: Association for Death Education Counseling (ADEC).

Master of Science in Thanatology

Our thanatology program will prepare you to assist individuals, families, and communities confronting end-of-life and bereavement issues. You’ll graduate knowledgeable and ready to collaborate with a diverse group of healers, including nurses, social workers, chaplains, funeral directors, counselors, law enforcement officers and educators. Offered in a convenient 100% online format, our program can be completed in 2 years or less.
Cost: $570 per credit
Courses begin: January, May and August

Thanatology Certificate

Offered in a 100% online format, we have designed our thanatology certificate program for students who hold a master’s degree in another discipline. You’ll receive the in-depth knowledge and comprehensive training so you’ll be ready to positively impact lives.

Now, it’s time for the next step.

By sharing your contact information and area of interest, we can get you all the information you’re looking for and provide you with personal, one-on-one assistance. Fill in and submit your information, and within 24 hours one of our dedicated admission counselors will be in touch to discuss how we can help advance your career.


Ready to get started and achieve your goals at Marian University? Apply today!


Have additional questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us direct at or 920.923.8726.