Graduate Certificate in Thanatology
Marian University

Program Details

Marian University offers the Graduate Certificate in Thanatology, an online counseling degree program. This certificate prepares students for positions that focus on the care of individuals and families facing end-of-life healthcare and subsequent bereavement issues.  Students are prepared for employment in organizations that specialize in such issues as suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.  The curriculum combines study across the spectrum of end-of-life studies with content in palliative and hospice care, ethics, religion, end-of-life decision-making, communication with service providers and families, diversity, and thanatology theory and practice.   

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

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


  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Career goal statement

School Accreditation Statement

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