Marian University MPath

Earn a Master of Science in Thanatology

MPath helps you on your path to a compassionate career.

As a Thanatology student at Marian University, you’ll prepare for a career focusing on caring for individuals and families confronting end-of-life care and bereavement concerns. MS Thanatology graduates have a special understanding, compassion and knowledge of the psychological, social and technical issues involved with death and grieving. And Marian MPath understands what adult learners need to be successful.

For more than 80 years Marian has provided student centered education through engaging, values-based degree programs. Now Marian’s MPath online provides affordable, flexible programs where students earn their degree in a supportive virtual environment. Adult learners in the thanatology program follow their own path to success and a fulfilling career offering hope, healing, and understanding.

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MPath Thanatology Faculty Help You on Your Personal Path to Success

Marian University’s Thanatology faculty are leaders in the field, bringing years of experience working in professional settings to the online classroom. Highly regarded professors who regularly publish in respected journals and trade books and speak at national conferences provide students with invaluable professional feedback and guidance.

Key Features of 15-Week Semester

MPath’s 15-week semester provides a more traditional semester experience in a format built for the modern student. Our online program helps adult learners move forward on their path to reaching their goals with small class sizes, faculty feedback, and in-depth topic discussion. The 15-week semester features 100% online courses, 3 start dates per year, and NO GRE. Students can also expect to:

Thanatology graduates enjoy compassionate careers working with adults, children, military and more in varied settings.

  • Hospice Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Veterans Administration
  • Churches
  • Spiritual Organizations
  • Funeral Homes
  • Hospitals & Other Care Facilities

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The Marian University Benefit

  • Marian is a member of NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements).

  • Marian is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency for institutions of higher education based in the North Central region of the United States.

  • Marian partners with associations such as the National Alliance for Grieving Children, National Funeral Directors Association,  and the Association for Death Education and Counseling to offer members tuition discounts.




Marian University

Founded in 1936
Sponsored by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes

45 South National Avenue 
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54935