Program Overview

Marian University offers the Graduate Certificate in Thanatology. This certificate 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 and hospice care, ethics, spirituality and religion, suicide and suicide prevention, unnatural death, end-of-life decision-making, communication with service providers and families, program development and assessment, diversity, death education, and a core curriculum grounded in thanatology theory and practice. 

Graduates of the program find employment through a variety of areas, including:

  • Churches
  • Funeral homes
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals
  • Non-profit organizations

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    • Master’s degree in another discipline
    • Official transcript from each college or university attended
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Two confidential letters of recommendation
    • Career goal statement

    School Overview

    Marian University is a four-year private Catholic school located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Aloysia Leickem and Vera Naber, who were members of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, founded the school in 1936 after learning that religious attire was barred from public schools.

    Marian University offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees in traditional liberal arts and pre-professional programs. Schools within Marian University include:

    • School of Arts and Sciences
    • School Business
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing and Health Professions

    Marian offers undergraduate and graduate programs in completely online formats. Most online courses are delivered asynchronously so that students may learn at whatever time is most convenient for them, as long as they complete assignments by their deadlines.


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