Master of Science in Thanatology
Marian University

Program Details

Marian University offers the Master of Science in Thanatology, an online counseling degree program.  This program 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.  In addition, you will be prepared to support individuals and families with an in-depth knowledge of the psychological, spiritual, social, and cultural elements that impact death and grieving.  Courses teach students to address grief and loss for varied populations, including children, parents, current service members, and veterans.  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.


  • 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