Compassionate Care During Death, Dying, and Mourning

Aging and Applied Thanatology is a 12-credit, flexible online graduate certificate program that can be completed in as little as nine months. You will acquire or enhance your knowledge, sensitivity, and advanced skills in providing specialized care for those coping with death or dealing with terminal illness.

Continuing Education credits apply for select professions.

Details, Dates & Deadlines

Program Details

Class Format

Online, Full Time, Part Time, Asynchronous

Asynchronous learning means that learning takes place at all different times for students enrolled in a course.

Program Location

100% online

Program Length

2 Semesters minimum;
Up to 3 years to complete

Credits to Complete


Cost/Credit Hour

In-state: $769/credit 
Out-of-state: $994/credit 

  • Online application
  • $75 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • 300–500 word essay
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • CV or resume

Dates & Deadlines

Fall Admissions Deadline: July 1
Spring Admissions Deadline: December 1


Program Structure

Aging and Applied Thanatology is a 12-credit, four-course graduate certificate program offered in an asynchronous, 100% online environment. This means that we offer maximum flexibility to meet the needs of working professionals. There are no online meetings or set times when you'll need to log in; just submit your coursework before the posted deadline, and check back in for feedback from your instructors and classmates. 

As a student in this program, you will acquire expertise in the study of aging and applied thanatology. Your classmates will most likely be practicing professionals with a health, science, or academic background who are employed or seeking employment in positions requiring this specialization. 

Program Completion Timeline

  • All four courses will be offered at least once each year to enable you to complete the program within one year.

  • Participants can start the program at the start of any term.

  • Although most students complete the program within one year, you will be allowed up to three years to complete the program.

Program Contacts


Arielle Faulkner
Admissions Counselor 


Diane Martin, PhD
Program Director


  • Meet Your Faculty

    Faculty from across disciplines such as psychology, gerontology, pharmacy, and nursing come together to advance your expertise in the care of those coping with death, dying, and mourning.

    View Faculty Bios

Next Steps

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