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Master of Science in Grief Counseling and Thanatology

Degree Purpose:

The purpose of our Master of Science in Grief Counseling is to further enhance your counseling skills and techniques in the grief counseling field.   This degree will start from the foundational skill set you learned from your undergraduate program and advance your education.  Once graduated from this program, you will be able to better serve your clients needs through a refreshing of old techniques and the implementation of new ones.

When you graduate from this program, you will be able to:

1 – Improve your counseling techniques
2 – Further your education in grief counseling and bereavement
3 – Better counsel your patients on their emotional needs

Area of Study:

Grief Counseling with a Concentration in one of the following:

Grief Counseling
Pastoral Counseling

Type of Degree:

Master of Science

Length of Degree:

2-3 years. Each course has a maximum timeframe of 15 weeks.  You are granted 6 months to complete your Thesis.


Bachelor degree in grief counseling, counseling psychology, bereavement education, thanatology, pastoral ministry, nursing, social work, or a closely related field

Estimated Cost of Degree:

$5,000.00 Tuition costs (10 course/$500.00 per course)
$50.00       Enrollment fee
$200.00     Graduation fee
$1,100.00  Estimated textbooks costs
$6,350.00  Estimated total for the program *

(*Please note that this is an estimated cost of your program not the actual cost)

Semester Hours:

5 Core courses - 22 semester hours
4 Concentration courses - 16 semester hours
1 Thesis course - 8 semester hours

Total Semester Hours - 46

Career Possibilities:

Several career fields this degree will prepare you for are:

Grief Counselor
Bereavement Specialist
Private Grief Counselor
Bereavement Educator


The online curriculum offers an innovative approach to higher education. Enrollment is open and students may begin the program at any time. All courses are provided in online classrooms, with on-to-one faculty mentoring. Students also have free access to our comprehensive Study Tactics and Resources Center, with links to subject related web sites, online libraries, articles and research assistance. Our online degree curriculum includes:


Core Courses:


1.    GRF 500 - Death & Dying I
2.    GRF 600 - Grief Counseling
3.    GRF 625 - Grief Therapy
4.    GRF 725 - Near and After Death Experience
5.    RES 502 - Research Methods

The above core courses are required for all students in the degree program. Upon successful completion of the core courses, students will select one of the specialty tracks:

Grief Counseling 

1.    GRF 550 - Counseling the Dying Patient
2.    GRF 650 - Counseling Theories and Techniques
3.    GRF 700 - Ethics in Counseling
4.    GRF 750 - Counseling Children
5.    GRF 800 - Thesis

Pastoral Thanatology 

1.    PTH 690 - Cultural Issues in Death and Dying
2.    PTH 735 - Pastoral Care of Families
3.    PTH 750 - Spirituality in Pastoral Counseling
4.    PTH 790 - Pastoral Care of the Dying
5.    PTH 800 - Thesis

TOTAL: 46 Semester Hours

Courses in this curriculum are to be taken in sequence as above.

TUITION: $500.00 per course. Students may register and pay for one course at a time.

* Note: cost of tuition does not include cost of text books.

** There is also a one time $50.00 admission processing fee.

The Masters Degree in Grief Counseling has been approved by the American Academy of Grief Counseling. Students who complete the MS Degree Program are eligible to apply for Certification as a Grief Counselor, through the Academy.

Course Completion Times: Students are permitted 15 weeks to complete an online course. This may be extended with the permission of the instructor.

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