2016-2017 Catalog > Graduate Studies > Graduate Academic Programs and Fields of Study > Thanatology, M.A.
Program Director: Cheryl Parrott, Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org; 301-696-3892
A Master of Arts program in Thanatology represents an effort to meet the growing demand for individuals prepared to work with the terminally ill and bereaved, as well as persons prepared to provide death education at all levels in a variety of organizations. The student will understand the discipline of thanatology as well as the integration of thanatology with other fields of study.
The Master of Arts in Thanatology requires 39 graduate credits. Exemption may be granted for specific courses based on previous work. However, substitutions of electives would be required to make a minimum degree requirement of 33 credits.
Students applying to the Thanatology master’s program must submit one copy of an official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred and a written personal statement of goals. The quality of the personal statement carries considerable weight in determining admission to this program. An interview, either in person or by telephone, may also be required. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA below 3.0 must also submit two letters of recommendation and a resume.
For additional admission information, see Graduate Admission.
1.0 - 6.0
Other courses with the approval of the adviser and program director.
Both the M.A. and Certificate in Thanatology programs are designed to conform to the education requirements of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) for those persons interested in becoming certified as thanatologists.
The program requires a comprehensive examination which will be integrative, not course specific. The comprehensive examination may be taken after completion of the core thanatology courses and THAN 510.
Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement.
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