Thanatology, Certificate

Program Director: Brenda Schildknecht-Hargett, Ph.D.; 301-696-3346

The Certificate Program in Thanatology is intended for individuals working in the field of thanatology who seek career augmentation, and for professionals already licensed or certified in human service fields who wish to obtain specific preparation in thanatology. The certificate program deepens a student’s understanding of the impact of death on the individual and society and prepares the student to meet the special needs of the bereaved, and of the terminally ill and their families. This certificate program is also available to students enrolled in the Counseling or Human Behavior master’s programs.

Application Requirements

Submit one official transcript reflecting the highest degree conferred.

Requirements for the Certificate


THAN 521/COUN 521Grief, Mourning and Bereavement


THAN 523/COUN 523Principles of Thanatology


THAN 528/COUN 528Developmental Perspectives in Thanatology


THAN 529Historical and Multicultural Perspectives in Thanatology


Successful completion of the certificate requires a minimum G.P.A. of 3.00

The Certificate in Thanatology program is 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.