Master of Science in Thanatology
Marian University

Program Details

Marian University offers the Master of Science in Thanatology. This degree 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


  • 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 Accreditation Statement

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